The Hermanus Botanical Society celebrated International Arbor Week this September by planting five indigenous trees in the Fernkloof Arboretum.
The Arboretum was established in 2010 on the southern boundary of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve following an initiative by Max Leipold and the family and friends of Elwen and Chris van Schouwen. David Beattie and Riaan Maritz were involved in the planning and Frank Woodvine was in charge of choosing, buying and planting the trees. Over the years a lot of people have been working very hard and devotedly on the whole area with benches being installed and the garden being ably managed by Geraldine Gardiner.
The Overstrand Municipality recently provided swings and a jungle gym there for youngsters, so these attractions and the tables and benches in the shade of the established trees make it a popular place for family picnics.
Those planting trees this year were:
Di Marais, Chairman of the Hermanus Botanical Society
Geraldine Gardiner, HBS Gardening committee
Robin Richards, HBS member
Jack Bold, Manager Fernkloof Nursery, 2014 Winner of the Mayor’s Environmental Trophy
Danielle Gous, Environmental Responsibility representative, Cashkows (Pty) Ltd.
Di Marais thanked everyone present for supporting the Hermanus Botanical Society’s contribution to International Arbor Week.
She was particularly delighted that a local business, Cashkows, had taken the opportunity to become a part of our local environmental tree planting initiative. She hoped that the example set by Cashkows would inspire other local businesses to follow suit next year by donating or planting trees.
Robin Richards was invited to plant a tree as he is a grandson of Joseph Storr Lister who as a young forester created the arboretum in Tokai and went on to become the first Chief Conservator of Forests. His great grandfather was Thomas Bain who wrote the report which played an important part in saving the Knysna Forests from the woodcutters.