Greenpop and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) partnered to plant fruit trees and indigenous vegetation at the Abalimi Bezekhaya community gardens in Khayelitsha.
During the day over 400 fruit trees, windbreaks and indigenous medicinal shrubs and ground coverswere planted to reestablish the farm’s windbreaks, create mini food forests, and encourage the development of further biodiversity in the area.
The day was possible thanks to renowned South African artist, Beezy Bailey, who launched his 5000 Tree Landscape project to celebrate his 50th birthday by greening areas of the Cape Flats. All of the trees planted by volunteers were paid for by Beezy Bailey as part of this project.
Says Beezy Bailey, “I have been painting landscapes for 30 years and to celebrate my 50th year, I intend to plant, rather than paint 5000 trees. We want to change these areas into leafy suburbs. There is no reason why only certain Cape Town suburbs should have trees and greenery. The positive impact that the presence of trees can have in our lives cannot be overestimated. Apart from planting trees at schools, crèches and in public spaces, households will also acquire ownership of an indigenous tree for shade and a fruit tree for fruit. In time they will attract birds and bees and be a source of fresh food. It has been proven that the presence of green spaces and trees affects the spirit and general wellbeing of people, thus uplifting communities and instilling pride of place.”
For fruit and shelter
Xhosa for “the Planters,” Abalimi works to help individuals and organisations in the Cape Flats to maintain a permanent system of organic food growing and nature conservation, focusing in Khayelitsha and Nyanga. With projects ranging from community development to organic produce production and sales, Abalimi is doing incredible work to facilitate sustainable livestyles, job creation, poverty creation and environmental renewal in the region.
Greenpop and SANBI supplemented Abalimi’s abundant SCAGA garden with trees to provide both fruit and shelter from wind, medicinal plants, and nitrogen-fixing plants. The plants Ultimately, the organisations hope that this partnership can enrich and expand the sustainable initiatives of the community garden.
“History was made today. In the next couple of years, we will be seeing those trees, cherishing those trees, sitting under those trees, and eating fruit from those trees.”
– Xolisa Bogani, Abalimi Bezekhaya
The active and fun-filled plant day at Siyazama Community Allotment Garden Association (SCAGA) in Khayelitsha was a complete success. During the plant day, nearly 200 volunteers were arranged into teams to work together on one of five well-established gardens belonging to the SCAGA project. Volunteers planted a mixture of fruit trees, which included banana, lemon, and pomegranate among others, as well as several varieties of indigenous trees ranging from witkarees to waterbessies. Although the volunteers came from different backgrounds, all came together to further the cause of bringing greenery to this corner of Khayelitsha.
After planting, volunteers gathered at the main site for a vegetarian lunch party, sponsored by the Cape Town International Convention Centre who also sent volunteers who participated in the plant day.
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