Arbor Month


Yearly, from 1 to 7 September schools, organisations and businesses participate in community
"greening" events to improve the health and beauty of the local environment and develop a green
future for South Africa.

Events are held around the country highlighting the benefits of planting and conserving trees to offset
carbon emissions and for greening to improve the quality of life and uplift the environment, and
communities.

The Chief Directorate of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry is responsible for the National
Arbour Week campaign, as forests form an important part of South Africa's natural resource base
and make a significant contribution to the economy.

In South Africa, Arbor Day was
first celebrated in 1983. In 1999, the celebration of Arbor Day
was extended to National Arbor Week.


Trees of the Year

Every Arbor Week celebration highlights two or three specific trees, one common and one rare
species.

In 2012 the trees being highlighted are:

Common:  Water Berry or Waterbessie (Syzygium cordatum)
Rare:         Red Beech or Rooiboekenhout (Protorhus longifolia)
                  Black Mangrove or Swartwortelboom (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza)

In 2013 the trees being highlighted are:

Common:  Blossom Tree or Keurboom (Virgilia oroboides)
Rare:        Cross-Berry or Kruisbessie (Grewia occidentalis)
                 Powder-puff Tree  or  Poeierkwasboom (Barringtonia racemosa)

In 2014 the trees being highlighted are:

Common: Lavender Trees or Laventelbome (Genus Heteropyxis)
Rare:        White Ironwood or Witysterhout (Vepris lanceolata)

In 2010 the trees being highlighted were:

Common:
  Fever Tree or Koorsboom (Acacia xanthophloea)
Rare:         Cape Gardenia or Kaapse Katjiepiering (Rothmania capensis)
                  Bell Gardenia or Klokkieskatjiepiering (R.globosa)
                  Tonga-kerrie or Tongakierie (Cladostemom kirkii)

In 2011 the trees being highlighted were:

Common:  Jacket-plum or Doppruim (Pappea capensis)
Rare:        Bride's Bushes or Bruidsbome Genus Pavetta
                 Common Wild Elder or Gewone Wildevlier (Nuxia congesta)


For more information on the trees click here


The Origins of Arbor Day

Arbour Day originated in Nebraska, United States of America. Mr J Sterling Morton, a newcomer to
the treeless plains of Nebraska, persuaded the local agricultural board to set aside a day for planting
trees.  As editor of Nebraska's first newspaper, he encouraged participation in the event by
publishing articles on the value of trees for soil protection, fruit and shade and building.
On April 10 1872, the first official Arbour Day, the people of Nebraska planted one million trees.


Your Carbon Footprint

Find out what your carbon footprint is : Measure your Carbon Footprint

Your carbon footprint is your personal measure of how much carbon dioxide you create.

As trees grow they absorb and store carbon that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere.
This process is known as carbon sequestration.

It is estimated that every 5 or 6 new trees planted, that live for 50-100 years, offsets 1 ton of carbon
dioxide.

Different trees absorb different amounts of CO2, with older trees offsetting greater amounts of CO2
(greenhouse gases) than newer trees.

Planting trees is one way of reducing your impact; however it's not the total solution. It's essential
to take other steps to reduce your emissions in addition to offsetting them.

Take a look through this website
www.greenworks.co.za to see what steps you can take to reduce
your carbon footprint.


How to Plant a Tree

  Dig a hole, 1/2 metre wide x 1/2 metre wide, square in shape.

  Separate the top soil (darker soil) from the bottom lighter soil.

  Put the dark topsoil into the bottom of the hole.

  Remove the tree from its container or plastic bag.

  Place the tree into the hole. The tree base should be below the
    ground level.

  Plant either a pipe at an angle, or use a 2 litre plastic colddrink
    bottle with holes cut in the bottom of the bottle, next to the roots
    of the tree, with the top of the pipe or plastic bottle sticking out
    of the ground.

  Mix a small amount of compost into the lighter soil, and pack it into the hole.

  Measure one spade length space around the tree.

  Remove all the grass and weeds from this space.

  Water the tree.

  Add a 10 cm layer of mulch (leaves, straw, or strips of newspaper), around the tree but not
    touching the tree.

  Once a week, water the tree through the pipe or water funnel. This sends the water directly to
    the roots (and prevents wasting water)

  Put the lid onto the bottle to prevent the water evaporating.

  After the 1st year, water the tree only when the soil is dry.

  Dig a straight wooden stake or stick next to the tree. Using something soft - like a stocking or
    piece of fabric - tie the tree to the stake to assist the tree in growing straight.
 
 
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The Importance of Trees


Trees absorb carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen.

The natural carbon dioxide cycle keeps a balance in the
amount of CO2 in our atmosphere. But our actions and
behaviours cause changes which upset this natural
balance.

The creation of too many greenhouse gases causes an
imbalance with heat being trapped in the Earth's atmos-
phere, increasing the overall average temperature
resulting in
global warming.

We produce excessive amount of carbon dioxide by burning coal and
petrol (referred to as 'fossil fuels' or fossil energy) in our power plants,
factories and cars.

The destruction of rainforests and cutting down of other forests also
affects the balancing act.  By destroying Earth's natural forestation we
threaten our existence.

Planting trees greens and beautifies the areas in which they are planted.

The impact of planting trees is one of the ways of
offsetting our carbon
emissions.
(However we do need to do all we can to reduce our footprint
on the planet, and offset that which cannot be reduced by planting trees.)

One statistic said that it takes 16 trees to supply the oxygen for one person's
life.  But other experts say there is no way of measuring this exactly as it
depends on the type of tree as well as the lifespan of the tree.  Our aim
should be to minimise our footprint and plant as many indigenous trees as
possible.

Trees play a vital role in rural and urban populations. They are needed to enrich and anchor soil, to maximise water supplies, to beautify and humanise townships and urban areas and to provide shade and shelter. They are also crucial for biodiversity conservation. Products and services from trees include food, timber, fibre, medicines and energy.



South Africa's Plant a Million Tree Campaign

South Africa aims to plant more than one million trees throughout the
country every year.

The project was launched in 2007 by former President Thabo Mbeki and
Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Lindiwe Hendricks as part of a UN
programme to encourage all countries to plant more than a billion trees
a year.


Billion Tree Campaign

The Billion Tree Campaign was launched by the United Nations Environment
Programme and the World Agro-forestry Centre in 2006 in response to the
threat of global warming.

The campaign planted two billion trees in 18 months, with the target being
raised to seven billion trees.

The Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign is a worldwide tree planting
initiative. People, communities, businesses, industry, civil society
organizations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting
pledges on-line. The campaign encourages the planting of indigenous trees
and trees that are appropriate to the local environment.

By the end of 2009, more than 7.4 billion trees had been planted under this
campaign - in excess of the year-end target of 7 billion - by participants in
170 countries.

Patrons of this campaign are Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Kenyan
Green Belt Movement founder Wangari Maathai and Prince Albert II of Monaco.

For more information:
www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign/index.asp
 
 
 


Arbor
Month
Plant a Tree
with
Greenworks
Measure Your
Carbon
Footprint
TAKE A STEP IN THE GREEN DIRECTION BECAUSE GOING GREEN WORKS !
Plant a Tree For Life with Greenworks


Purchase a tree through our programme and Greenworks will make the
arrangements for a tree to be planted on your behalf.

We partner with companies and organisations that do the actual growing
and planting of the trees.

We provide you with an electronic
Plant a Tree for Life certificate with a
reference number to your tree.

Planting a tree in someone's name is also a great gift! The cost per Tree
is R50.


While your purchase of one or more trees assists in offsetting your carbon
emissions and in greening South Africa, planting trees to offset our carbon
footprint is the
step following taking active measures to reduce our carbon
footprints.

For more information:

Carbon Footprint          Global Warming          Green Your Office Guide

We prefer not to plant during the winter months.  All trees purchased over
the winter period will be planted in September.
Click here to purchase your Tree.
Please include the following information in the body of the email or fax the information to
086 531 6340.

  Your name and contact details including an email address.
    
  The name to appear on the certificate and the email address of the
   recipient
. (Please confirm which address you'd like the certificate sent to.)

  If you'd like to add in something such as:

    On the occasion of ......... your marriage, your promotion, birthday
    In celebration of ......... the birth of your baby, our anniversary, our friendship
    To offset my/our carbon footprint
    To show our commitment to sustainability

    Or your own choice of words (please keep to a maximum of 15)

  Confirmation of Payment (Please use your name as the reference when making the EFT and provide 
    this reference on the email or fax)

Payment can be made via EFT to
Nedbank Account # 1686100795
Branch code 168642
Account Name: GL Sidley


The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago;
the second best time is today - Confucius