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Month Planting 2012

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September is Arbor Month

1 September : Arbor Day


1-7 September : Arbor Week

1 - 30 September : Arbor Month



Arbor Month promotes the planting and maintenance of
indigenous trees throughout South Africa.









Arbor month provides stakeholders with the opportunity to raise awareness
of South Africa's urban greening initiatives and encourages all communities
and businesses to participate in various greening activities. The youth are
encouraged to participate in tree planting activities and related environ-
mental education programmes.

It highlights the essential role trees play in sustainable development and
the livelihoods of people and their environment, now and for the future.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is responsible
for The National Arbor Month campaign as this department is the custodian
of forestry in South Africa. The aim of Arbor Month is to promote and create
a better life for all.











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 atmosphere, 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, and in deforestation.

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 is one of the most cost-effective ways
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.

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.



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Arbor Week

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.

In South Africa, Arbor Day was
first celebrated in 1983. In 1999, the celebration of Arbour Day
was extended to National Arbor Week. It is now celebrated for the entire month of September.



Be Part of Our Arbor Month Planting 2012

On 15th September we will be planting trees at Wilhelmina Hoskins Primary School in Riverlea,
Johannesburg, in conjunction with
SEED.  We are looking for corporates to contribute to this projects.
The cost per tree is R 200.00 for a minimum of 10 trees (R 2000,00)

We will continue with tree planting at other schools and communities on the same basis as above for
the rest of the school year.



The Origins of Arbor Day

Arbor 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 Arbor Day, the people of Nebraska planted one million trees.



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



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 then 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






 
 
 


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

- Confucius



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.

Planting trees assists in greening South Africa.

While your purchase of one or more trees assist in offsetting your carbon
emissions and goes toward greening South Africa, it is essential to recog-
nise that we first need to take active steps to reduce our impact on the
planet and then plant trees to offset the balance of what we cannot reduce.

the essence of the Greenworks Plant a Tree for Life is to show our commit-
ment to sustainability and to honour our planet.

For more information:

Carbon Footprint          Global Warming          Green Your Office Guide

As of April 2011 we have facilitated the planting of almost 1500 trees.
Thank you to all who have purchased trees!
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
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 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.

  Love and enjoy your tree!










Have you made Arbor Month
planting plans yet?

Be part of our Arbor Month
Planting 2012.
Plant An Indigenous Tree With Your Family or
Purchase A Tree Planting Certificate
And We'll Make The Necessary Arrangements On Your Behalf

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