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Plant Trees: SALI supports Arbor Month - September 2018

South African landscapers are celebrating Arbor Month during September 2018... 

  • The theme for the 2018 Arbor Month Campaign is Forests and Sustainable Cities.
  • Investing in green spaces can help transform cities into more sustainable, resilient, healthy, equitable and pleasant places to live.
  • More than half the world’s population now lives in cities, and by 2050 almost 70% of the world will be urbanized.
  • Although cities occupy only three percent of the Earth’s surface, they consume 78% of energy and emit 60% of carbon dioxide.
  • Woodlands, forests and trees in a city and on its fringes perform a wide range of vital functions - such as storing carbon, removing air pollutants, assisting in food, energy and water security, restoring degraded soils and preventing drought and floods.
  • In a medium size city, for instance, urban trees can reduce the loss of soil by around 10,000 tons per year.
  • By shading and cooling the air, forests and trees in urban areas can reduce extreme temperatures and mitigate the effects of climate change.
  • Indeed, trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30%.
  • In cold climates, by shielding homes from the wind, they can help save energy used for heating by 20-50%.

What are South Africa's 2018 Trees of the Year?

* COMMON TREE OF THE YEAR :  Yellowwood, Geelhoutbome (Podocarpus elongatus, P. falcatus, P. henkelii, P. latifolius)

  • Glorious evergreens that can be planted in landscapes across the country. 
  • Podocarpus elongatus is endemic to Southern Africa where it is mainly restricted to the Breede River Valley in the Western Cape.
  • Podocarpus latifolius is a yellowwood promoted by garden centres and the Life is a Garden campaign. 

* RARE (UNCOMMON) TREE OF THE YEAR :   Shepherd's tree, Witgat  (Boscia albitrunca)

  • The shepherds tree is found in the arid parts of KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng, Free State, North West, Limpopo and Northern Cape.
  • It prefers dry, open woodland and bushveld areas with sandy, loamy and calcrete soils. 
  • Boscia albitrunca is often termed the tree of life as nearly every part of it can be used or eaten by humans or animals.
  • Culturally, in some areas it is believed that the wood must not be burnt as this will result in cows only producing bull calves.
  • Nutritionally, it is used as a source of food where its roots are used to make porridge and as a substitute for coffee.

How do your celebrate Arbor Month?

  • Encourage communities to plant suitable trees for their region. 
  • Download and distribute the following posters to local organisations, schools, libraries and community centres.

1)   2018 National Arbor Month Poster is available for download and printing:

  • From the DAFF website.
  • As an attachment - see downloads at the top of this feature. 



2)   2018 Tree of the Year Information Poster is available for download and printing:

  • From the DAFF website.
  • As an attachment - see downloads at the top of this feature.  



Life is a Garden has created a Tree of the Year Poster that is available for download and printing:

  • From the SANA website 
  • As an attachment - see downloads at the top of this feature. 

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