The planting of 4000 trees in support of Arbor month commenced in Drakenstein last week.
Drakenstein Municipality wishes to plant 4000 trees as part of greening the district during 2013. This will be the biggest amount of trees, ever planted in one year. To achieve this all the residents, schools, churches, NGO’s and other organisations in Drakenstein can apply for a free tree.
To signal the start of Arbor month, the Executive Mayor, councillors, officials, scholars, teachers, sponsors and members of Drakenstein Heritage Foundation, “Wellington Verfraaiings Komitee” and other interested parties, planted 275 trees on Friday at the Parys Cemetery.
Trees are the life blood of the environment
Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer encouraged, especially the scholars who participated in the tree planting, to plant trees, as trees has the amazing ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce oxygen.
“Trees are the life blood of our environment. Trees to a great extend counter environmentally unfriendly actions we do on a daily basis to our planet; they make our environment look green and inviting and serve as a shelter to many animals. Planting Trees in Celebration and or Memory of an event or person can carry forward the memory of your loved ones or event in a living, vital way that grows grander with the years while simultaneously caring about the environment. A vibrant, beautiful tree benefits everyone in this and future generations and is perhaps the most fitting celebration of all. Planting a tree is an act of direct benefit to all. Let’s make Drakenstein a beautiful and green city for everyone,” said the Executive Mayor, Gesie van Deventer, at the Municipality’s Tree Planting Ceremony on Friday, 6 September 2013.
The keynote speaker at the event, Professor Chris Reddy from the University of Stellenbosch, emphasized amongst others the importance of trees in climate control.
“Besides providing us with the oxygen we breathe, trees also provide food and shelter and are vital to keeping our planet’s temperature from soaring to great heights. Without trees the earth would be an uninhabitable desert,” said Professor Reddy.”
- Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer (right) planting the first tree with assistance from Parks Manager Albert van der Merwe