STATEMENT BY SOUTHBROOM CONSERVANCY:
September in Southbroom – celebrating the arrival of beautiful Spring, this week South Africa also celebrates our annual National Arbour Week and we celebrate a very special tree in Southbroom this month too….
In South Africa, Arbour Day was first celebrated in 1983. The event captured the imagination of people who recognised the need for raising awareness of the value of trees in our society.
As sources of building material, food, medicine, and simple scenic beauty, trees play a vital role in the health and well-being of our communities. Collective enthusiasm for the importance of this issue in South Africa inspired the national government, in 1999, to extend the celebration of Arbour Day to National Arbour Week.
From 1 to 7 September every year, schools, businesses and organisations are encouraged to participate in community “greening” events to improve the health and beauty of the local environment and propose a green future for South Africa.
To help increase public awareness of just a few of the 2 000 indigenous tree species in South Africa, every Arbour Week celebration highlights two specific trees; one common and one rare species.
The common tree highlighted for 2020 is Ekebergia capensis Cape ash, Essenhout and the rare species celebrated for this year is the Adansonia digitata Baobab, Kremetart.
It just so happens that Southbroom has her very own resident (originally all the way from Skukuza) Baobab tree which is celebrating its 26th birthday this month.
Please remember that although Arbour Week encourages people to think green and to think great. As vital as it is to celebrate the week by thinking about the trees, it’s also vital to carry that mindset throughout the year.