SAYTC is working in conjunction with Food & Trees for Africa to provide trees at a cost of R100 per tree (includes delivery, compost and educational material on how best to plant and care for the trees). Trees will be donated to Lebo’s Community Park.
Over the last few years, Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers have been working with a greening project which is to develop a park located right outside the Backpacker and in the middle of our community. It started as a clean up campaign where Lebo and the youth in the area turned a former dump site to a clean and litter / dumping free space. Trees were then planted and benches were put in the park. A soccer field developed and today young people in the community can enjoy a green, clean park where sports and other after school activities are organised. The park also hosts youth events for the community.
We will also be entering all trees donated from June 2013 into our Arbor Challenge (see release below):
ANNOUNCING THE TREES FOR AFRICA ARBOR CHALLENGE
By Arbor Month this September, Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) hopes to have achieved success in its greening initiative that will go beyond South Africa’s borders, the Trees for Africa Arbor Challenge.
Everyone is encouraged to plant trees on their own, or through any initiative, at home, at school or at the office. All are being challenged to plant and look after as many trees as possible and register these on trees.co.za.
Once you join the communiTree on the website, you can interact with the site and with others, and post your tree planting events. Once you have planted your trees, or hosted a tree planting event, you can upload a photograph and record how many trees you have planted.
The trees.co.za site allows you to create your own profile and locate on a Google map the position where your tree was planted. This position will be shown on the global invenTree map.
The Trees for Africa Arbor Challenge, launched by FTFA, aims to ignite new excitement and an understanding of the value of trees in our lives and for our planet. Trees sustain us. They balance the climate, provide food and other vital resources, mitigate land degradation, enhance vital biodiversity, clean the air we breathe and much more.
FTFA facilitate tree plantings for you through the applications that are received from thousands of disadvantaged communities and schools, requesting around 3 million trees currently,These trees will be planted through the award winning and very established Trees for All and Trees for Homes programmes.
First partners in the Trees for Africa Arbor Challenge include the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Media 24, Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk, the South African Nursery Association, Primedia Outdoor, FirstRand, Pick n Pay, Avis, Clothes2Cash Exchange, FTFAs thousands of social media followers and FTFAs ambassadors.
Join the CommuniTree now and help to spread the trees!
To find out more and join the Trees for Africa Arbor Challenge contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call Jeunesse or Lindsey on 011 656 9802 or simply register on trees.co.za.