On Saturday 17 September as part of Arbour Week, TreeKeepers Cape Town, a voluntary association of citizens and residents held a public launch and outreach at Ubunye House in Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth.
The association has been formed to help protect and maintain the many large mature trees of all kinds in our urban areas that provide valuable services of shade and wind protection, cleaning the air of pollution, greenhouse gas sequestration, shelter and food for wildlife, while increasing our property values.
Clare Burgess, landscape architect and chairperson of TreeKeepers, outlined the organisation’s aims and activities which include assisting residents when developments threaten large trees, awareness around legal and heritage issues, tree care, and tree maintenance skills training for private and City council contractors.
Susan Steyn, the newly appointed manager: ecological conservation in City Parks said trees are “one of the most valuable treasures of our country” and looks forward to working together with TreeKeepers as part of the memorandum of understanding that the organisation has with the City. One of their first joint activities will be a workshop with City staff to inspire and train staff in professional tree care.
While there are many TreeKeepers voluntary groups around the world, this is the first of its kind in South Africa. For more information or to join, follow the TreeKeepers Cape Town Facebook page or go to www.treekeeperscapetown.org.za
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