Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden targets alien plants on Arbor Week

10 September 2015

Enthusiastic Vusisizwe High School learners planting trees

The Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden visited the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Christian School on 01 September 2015, the first day of Arbor Week. The garden team and education officers joined forces to commemorate this important event. Three trees were planted, two of which are indigenous to the area. The school was specifically chosen because of the large number of alien trees on the premises.  

The Garden’s curator Mr Werner Voigt gave an inspiring and informative speech on Arbor week, its importance and why we should plant indigenous trees. He also urged learners to take good care of their trees.

Mr Werner Voigt, Karoo Desert NBG Curator giving a speech on Arbor Week at Youth With A Mission Christian School.

Education officer’s spoke about the environmental education lessons offered at the garden and how they complement school curricular. Without any hesitation, the teachers took the opportunity to book an excursion to the Garden.  

Planting trees at home encouraged

On 03 September 2015 the Karoo Desert NBG partnered with Breede Valley Municipality at Vusisizwe High School. The Garden donated two trees and the municipality donated five. Representatives from the mayor’s office made short speeches about how making Zwelethemba, Worcester, a greener township through promoting tree planting at each and every home is vital. 

Arbor Week 2015 at Roodewal Primary School

On Friday 4 September 2015 our education department once again joined with the municipality at Worcester Primary school. The Karoo Desert NGB donated trees to the school which they will plant themselves.  

More plants donated 

The day’s events wrapped up at Roodewal Primary School. This school was also chosen because of all the alien plants growing in their garden. The Karoo Desert NBG team’s aim was to assist the school, which already has an enthusiastic teacher-leader that encourages the learners to bring plants to the school to plant in their garden, with the removal of alien plants. Following speeches from municipal representatives and Garden team members learners were showed how to plant a tree and the importance of giving plants nutritious food.

Worcester Primary School learners - Arbor Week 2015

The Karoo Desert NBG team donated more plants apart from those intended for Arbor Week and the learners promised to be hands-on with the planting. The team has planned a follow-up visit to see how they are managing.

Each and every event in Karoo Desert National Botanical confirms our mission, vision and values as we share the richness of South Africa’s biodiversity. 

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