In SA we not only celebrate Arbor Day on 1 September, but also revel in Arbor week and Arbor Month throughout September. So how did Arbor Day originate you may wonder?
It all started way back in 1872 in Nebraska, USA. A tree lover, Julius Sterling Morton, persuaded the local agricultural board to set aside a day for planting trees. Through his position as editor of Nebraska City News he encouraged participation in the event by publishing articles on the value of trees for soil protection, fruit, shade and building. Morton`s own home, Arbor Lodge, was a testament to his love for trees and so inspired the name.
“Other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future”- J Sterling Morton
Jules knew the importance of trees 146 years ago and was able to start a global movement that is observed in 44 countries annually.
Why is reforestation so important today? The answer is in the air you breathe:
- Forests produce clean air, pure water and improve the soil
- Forest help cool the world
- Forests prevent erosion
- Forests store carbon
- Forests create food and shelter for wildlife and humans
- Forests rock
Our tree of the year is the mighty Yellowwood. The Yellowwood is also South Africa’s national tree and has been present in South Africa for more than 100 million years. In forests, these trees can grow up to 40 meters in height, with the base of the trunk sometimes up to 3 meters in diameter – respect!
The 880 year old Outeniqua Yellowwood by Dalene Matthee’s memorial in Knysna is just one of these beauties we can still marvel at , located at Krisjan se Nek picnic site in the Goudveld Forest, Wilderness National Park.
We love planting trees and creating forests. It is simply the hippest, coolest and “greenest” way you can mitigate and offset your carbon footprint and regenerate the planet!
Celebrate Arbor Month by sponsoring a tree or three for Precious Tree Project. This dynamic NPO is on a mission to raise the presence of endemic and indigenous forest areas along the Garden Route. Learn more.
You can also sponsor a tree / donate R200 towards the Precious Tree Project through GZ by using the account details below:
Entity Name: GREEN ZANDLA NPC
Bank: FNB (First National Bank)
Account Number: 62776292767