Lowveld NBG celebrates 2017 Arbor Day

08 September 2017

tree plantingThe Lowveld National Botanical Garden celebrated Arbor Day on Thursday, 7 September 2017.

It was celebrated with learners, teachers and the School Governing Body of Gutshwa Primary School in Kabokweni outside the city of Mbombela.

The day was marked with the planting of a garden for the school, with the help of the Environmental education Officer for LNBG BEE Centre, Ms Simphiwe Ngwenya. Following the planting, workshops on the establishment and maintenance of a garden were held for the school representatives. The necessary skills were imparted to the Greening Team teachers and learners at the school.

Arbor day

The children were brimming with excitement when it was time to plant. There was a recital of poems about nature and its importance on the day. Different dance groups took to the stage and showed the crowd what they were made of. As the saying goes “grooming starts at an early age”.

National Arbor Week is celebrated annually during the first week of September, where schools, organizations and businesses participate by planting trees in communities to improve the health and beauty of the local environment. This helps develop a green future for South Africa.

South Africa first celebrated Arbor Day in 1983. And in 1996, the South African government extended the celebration from a day to a week. This was done with the aim of:

Promoting a better knowledge of trees, particularly indigenous trees.

Stressing the necessity for everyone to plant trees and care for them.

Highlighting the vital role of trees in our lives.

Contributing to the achievement of a green and dignified healthy environment in all parts of South Africa.

Every Arbor Week celebration highlights two or three specific trees, one common & one or two rare (uncommon) species. In 2017, the trees being highlighted are:

  • Common:ziziphus mucronata  (hairy buffalo thorn tree)

           Harigeblinkblaar wag-n-bietjie

  • Rare:euclea pseudebenus (ebony tree)


gutshwa primary school

Mandisa Ndlovu
Marketing and Communication Officer
Tel.:013 752 5531
Email: M.Ndlovu@sanbi.org.za

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