50 INDIGENOUS TREES FOR PIETERMARITZBURG THIS ARBOR WEEK

50 INDIGENOUS TREES FOR PIETERMARITZBURG THIS ARBOR WEEK

With the help of local composting company Farmyard Organics, Pietermaritzburg’s municipal horticulturist, Mbhulaheni Tshivhase and Mayor Chris Ndlela planted 50 indigenous trees in the city to commemorate Arbor Week this week.

Can you dig it? Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela darned overalls and picked up a spade, to help plant 50 indigenous tree’s on Spring Day, along the centre island of Old Greytown Road, Pietermaritzburg this morning. Local businessman John Kidger of Farmyard Organics supported the greening of the city by donating all of the growing medium needed for the project.

Can you dig it? Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela darned overalls and picked up a spade, to help plant 50 indigenous tree’s on Spring Day, along the centre island of Old Greytown Road, Pietermaritzburg this morning. Local businessman John Kidger of Farmyard Organics supported the greening of the city by donating all of the growing medium needed for the project.

Tshivhase, who is the master-mind behind Pietermaritzburg’s recent    greening project in which colourful vegetable and flower gardens have  been strategically planted around the city, has gone to town in an effort  to celebrate Arbor Week this year.  Fifty trees indigenous to the region  were planted on the 1st of September along the old Greytown Road  (R33) in Pietermaritzburg, as well as 2 new vegetable and flower  gardens. Msunduzi Mayor, Chris Ndlela was there to help plant the first  trees for the project.

We wanted to do something special for the city this Arbor Week,  something that would capture the imagination of Pietermaritzburg’s  citizens and encourage them to get involved and plant their own  indigenous trees,” said Tshivhase.

 
R4500 worth of kraal manure and compost needed for the project was donated by local composting company, Farmyard Organics.
When I heard about the project I jumped at the opportunity to help set the roots for our city’s future. It was a privilege to be able to provide the right growing mediums for this exciting project,” said John Kidger, owner of Farmyard Organics.

From 1 to 7 September every year, schools, businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in community “greening” events to improve the health and beauty of the environment and plan for a greener future for South Africa, and each year Arbor week has captured the imagination of people across the country.

Every Arbor Week celebration highlights one or two specific trees. This year’s particular trees, the Forest Bushwillow and Wild Chestnut, were planted by the municipality along with other indigenous trees.