This month we have been getting our hands dirty along with learners from Capricorn Primary, Lotus Secondary, Welcome Primary, Perivale Primary and Mitchell’s Plain Primary School for Arbor Month! From the 1st to the 13th of September, learners and teachers planted a total of 74 trees in the five schools. The trees planted were indigenous, including Breede River yellowwood, water berry and white karee trees. The Abor celebrations focused on the importance of trees and the need to plant indigenous trees. The message was highlighted by the learners presenting their own poems about trees.

Taryn, one of our Educators and Eco-Schools mentor, ran the Arbor Day celebrations at the schools, which are involved in the WESSA Eco-schools programme. The programme aims at creating awareness and action around environmental sustainability in schools and their surrounding communities. The trees were donated by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as part of their Arbor Week campaign which promotes planting and maintaining of tree species which are threatened by extinction, especially in disadvantaged communities who often live in barren and water stressed areas.

Our slogan “changing lives through nature” could be felt and seen as the 3221 learners enthusiastically got involved in planting the trees around their school grounds. In the future these trees will grow and shade many more generations of learners.