National Lotteries Commission Planting trees in recognition of the International Day of the Forests
This planting takes place shortly after South Africa’s Humans Rights Day and the International Day of the Forests which both fall on the 21 March 2017. This tree planting provides an opportunity to commemorate Human Rights Day in South Africa and also bolster the environmental rights of those living in the Lerato Park community.
“In a few years, we expect to revisit the community and be greeted with tree lined streets, hanging with fruit. The trees have the potential to shade and cool the suburb and purify the air - eventually creating an urban forest for the benefit of all residents.” Says Emily Jones, FTFA’s Trees and Carbon Manager
Planting Urban Forests in drought conditions
With persistent drought conditions in parts of the country, South Africa does not need to stop planting trees. It is possible to plant a thriving urban forest even in dry conditions. Food & Trees For Africa uses permaculture techniques such as mulching to reduce the water needs of newly planted trees. Communities are trained to re-use their grey water to water trees, as well as to plant with 2L bottles to decrease watering needs. Employing all these methods makes it possible to plant trees that will thrive despite in drought conditions.
Trees for Homes Programme
Trees for Homes (TFH) programmes is the most successful township greening initiative in South Africa; it was originally designed to address South Africa’s history of inequitable settlement policies, Trees for Homes has since grown to become the country’s benchmark of innovation in urban forestry. 18 years of experience, collaboration and passion have gone into this flagship programme. It provides training to community educators to monitor, evaluate and improve tree survival rates. They collaborate with community members to become environmental champions.
Food & Trees for Africa
Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is a leading Section 21 Social Enterprise that addresses food security and environmental sustainability. Its emphasis is on education and skills training, which is integrated with sensitive mentorship and phased support. With 25 years of experience in South African social development, FTFA understands what it takes to achieve real, long-term sustainability and wants to make a positive difference to the lives of all South Africans.
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