Grootbos celebrates 1000 planted trees

Posted under Eco-Tourism Blog by Grootbos on 1st August 2011

The seeds of the Future Trees Project are spreading like wildfire and exceeded the one thousand-notch milestone this month!

The 1000st tree was planted on behalf of Nick Trend of the UK last week. The number of tree-owners has grown to 1008, with Genia and Marc Staperfeld who planted and named the last White Milkwood Sir William.

This amazing project that forms part of the Grootbos Foundation's various environmental and social development programmes, is an international hit. Not only is it an exemplary attempt to combat the carbon crisis, but also to rehabilitate the Milkwood forests and other areas on the 2 500 ha Grootbos Nature Reserve that have been destroyed by fire or human activities in the past.

Getting one's hands dirty to plant a tree and following its growth from anywhere in the world via GPS or Google Earth, is a most rewarding experience.

Grootbos guests have been participating enthusiastically in this exciting venture and the 1008 indigenous trees that have thus far been planted on the eco-reserve boast catchy names such as Good Hope, Aus & Eit Tree, Shark, Sunny Ranger, Green Mamba, etc. It is also a fun-way to teach children how trees absorb CO2 and convert it to lifesaving oxygen.

To plant and name an "oxygen machine" that lasts up to 800 years and to watch it grow into a massive "factory" with many branches, is something that kids love and can relate to - especially if it bears their name! The Green Futures students grow appropriate indigenous trees such as White Milkwood, White Stinkwood, Pock Ironwood and Wild Olive for the rehabilitation of the Grootbos forests.

Visitors to Grootbos can support the rehabilitation of these ancient Milkwood forests as well as contribute to the work of the Foundation by planting a tree themselves or by making a contribution of R350 to the Foundation for a tree. This covers the cost of planting with compost and ongoing care of a 20-litre (5 year old) tree. You receive a tree planter’s certificate, are listed on the TREE PLANTERS PAGE, and the locality of your tree is recorded and mapped using a GPS so that you can keep an eye on it from your home on Google Earth.

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