Plant for planet – grow green during Arbor week

ROOIBERG – Thabazimbi Local Municipality in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as well the Waterberg District Municipality celebrated the 2010 Arbor week on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 at Rooiberg Community Hall.

Arbor week is an annual event that takes place from 1-7 September aimed at raising awareness about trees and their importance. “It was started way back in 1872 when one man named John Sterling Morton found that it is important and very crucial that we have a day to celebrate and plant trees as a way of managing deforestation,” said Cllr Olga Modise.

This was after the Mayor Naledi Matlou had welcomed all the people attending the event. More than 200 people attended the event and each was given a fruit tree to go and plant at home. The Mayor and councillors planted two trees as a symbol of 2010 Arbor week celebration. Cllr Matlou made an appeal to all given trees to look after them.

Trees are a source that requires protection and are to be used for the benefit of all our people, not just for urban communities, but also for our rural communities who often live in barren areas, in the context of sustainable development and poverty alleviation.

“Let us all work together to prevent veldfires from damaging our forests, plantations, grazing land, orchards and housing settlements,” said Olga Modise.

The prevention of veld and forest fires is crucial if forestry is to continue contributing to the creation of a better life to all the citizens of this country.

One other aspect worth mentioning is that as government we must encourage communities against cutting trees. Let us urge our people to use deadwood for firewood.

“Trees are important to many of us in different ways. Let us join hands together during this Arbor week and plant many trees and continue to plant throughout the year”, said Olga Modise in her closing address. “Plant for planet-grow green”.

Joshua Motsomane