September 25, 2012
National Arbor Week serves to promote awareness for the need to plant and maintain indigenous trees throughout South Africa.
Arbor 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 government, in 1999, to extend the celebration of Arbor Day to National Arbor Week. From 1 to 7 September every year, schools, businesses and organizations 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.
In celebration of Arbor Week, Beautiful Earth has had a head start and began planting various trees – to date we have planted eight indigenous trees already! The photograph shows Langton Mabaza, who maintains the Beautiful Earth gardens, with a beautiful “Huilboerboon” [Weeping Boer-Bean (E), Molope (NS), Umgxamu (Z)], which he planted this week.
Says Ciska Venter, General Manager at Beautiful Earth: “Our support for Arbor Week goes beyond the environmental focus in terms of our sustainability policy, we do it for the sheer pleasure and added scenic beauty at our offices.”
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