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Arbor Week -
31 August to 4 September 
Dear Residents

South Africa celebrates Arbor Week annually in the first week of September.  The campaign for this year, as run by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, has the theme of “FORESTS AND BIODIVERSITY” signifying the importance of protecting and conserving our biodiversity. 

National Arbor Week is an opportune time to call on all South Africans to plant indigenous trees as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management.

As members of the Landscape and Environmental Committee at Mount Edgecombe we would like to invite every resident to consider sponsoring a tree so that we can really boast about our environment living up to its names : “The Woods” and “The Lakes".

Currently we are witnessing several of the old established Fever Trees being cut down in Hoylake Drive that were planted when the Estate was first built. We need to replace these with an avenue of lovely indigenous trees which will not negatively affect the roads and paving areas, whilst at the same time, attracting birds, insects and butterflies.

There are several other areas on the Estate that are begging for trees to fill up big blank spaces, some of these being between holes 5 and 8th and 13th holes, around Dumat Dam, and the 14th, Pani Forest and in small patches along The Lakes as identified by Geoff Nichols.

We would really appreciate if every resident - in the spirit of Arbor Week (and of course to enhance our environment on our beautiful estate) - to sponsor one of the Trees recommended by Geoff Nichols, or to pay in a sum of money which will be pooled together to buy bigger, more well established trees.

Geoff Nichols has suggested the below list of “KZN Coastal Forest” trees as being his choice for a built-up area as most are smallish trees (except the Ficus sur and the Vachellia robusta which need lots of space and are best in common areas and not between homes).

These are also the most productive trees providing flowers and fruit for the various forms of suburban wildlife: (Please click here for more information on each of the below plants and trees.)
Xylotheca kraussiana
Searsia natalensis
Calpurnia aurea
Maytenus procumbens
Trimeria grandifolia
Ficus sur
Deinbollia oblongifolia
Trema orientalis
Olea woodiana
Acacia robusta now Vachellia robusta
Acacia natalitia or A. karroo now Vachellia natalitia or V. karroo.
Diospyros natalensis
Gymnosporia buxifolia

  • Not to plant trees closer than 5 metres from a road or building.
  • Don’t plant over underground services.
Pricing (excluding VAT):
20L @R85
40L @R225
70L @R600
80L @R720
100L @R1000
200L @R1900
250L @R2200

Banking details are as follows:
Estate 1
ACC NO: 62501390471
Estate 2
ACC NO: 051363550
Depending upon how much we raise, trees can be bought for the estates in accordance with residents' sponsorship.

As a further initiative to encourage owners to embrace indigenous, indemic and arbor month, we will be running an Arbour Day Fair on Saturday, the 5th September at The Watershed from 09h00 to 13h00.  Please come and join us in buying an indigenous plant or three, and a tree for your garden or the Estate.  We are excited to have Julie Scragg from Hingham Nursery and Brian Ngoma from Shaka Nursery assisting us in this little initiative.  Please let's support these nurseries and the Land and Environment Committee initiatives.

Towards the end of September, we will arrange a tree-planting ceremony to plant these trees.
We hope to have great success this year with this Arbor week.
Yours in greening our world
Desiree Stone
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