STILBAAI NEWS - Hessequa Municipality has received a substantial donation of just under 3 000 trees generously donated by Dr Gerrit Mars.
Mars said that Prof John Willemse inspired the donation. "This outstanding contribution originated at the Stilbaai Interests Forum (SIF), which decided to support the municipality by buying 150 trees to initiate the development of four parks."
"The municipality is making an unprecedented statement in terms of its commitment to care for the environment. With September being Arbor month this contribution is welcome and will this initiative greatly impact the Hessequa environment," Susan Geldenhuys (media spokesperson: Hessequa Municipality) explained.
The trees; 40 Essenhout and 2 700 Olienhout were collected from the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in Wolseley. "Hessequa Municipality acted as coordinator for the project by arranging transport for the secured trees from Wolseley to Stilbaai and forming partnership agreements with local community members and private sectors for the planting and caring thereof."
The municipality aims to provide each institution with the necessary equipment, compost and bone meal, as well as instructions for planting and caring for the trees. The municipal water treatment's dry sediment will be made available for compost purposes at the seven identified public areas. Community involvement forms part of Hessequa's 100 000TreeCampaign that was established in 2015, which was formed after an initial project, in association with Working for the Coast where 3 000 trees were planted within three months.
The municipality's goal is to plant 100 000 indigenous and/or fruit trees of which they have 6 042 registered planted trees in the region. "It's a large number, but it's possible with the assistance of the community. Every tree brings us closer to protecting and conserving indigenous vegetation in the Hessequa region for future generations. The municipality therefore encourages citizens living in and around Hessequa to help them."