How did it start?

The Tree Planting Project was started in April 2017 by an email sent by Robert Miebach from Bieberstein School to Wild Lubanzi Backpackers. The email read "we are a group of two teachers plus 8 students (aged 14-17) from Germany, planning to visit the Wild Coast area from Jan 11-20, 2018. Your lodge looks like the perfect base for us, as we would like to meet people and get involved in cultural experiences and activities. If you know of any environmental projects in the area, we would also be interested." Aidan and Rahel from Wild Lubanzi Backpackers immediately replied and said, yes, well, we have lots of trees that need to be planted. And thus the idea took form to start an actual tree planting project. The students from Bieberstein raised funds to start a tree nursery at Wild Lubanzi, and Aidan organized everything at the actual location. When the students arrived in January 2018, they helped building up the nursery and also planted a number of trees at the local preschool.

Coastal Silver Oak

Planted at the Khwenyana Early Learning Centre in January 2018

Pom Pom Tree

Planted at the Khwenyana Early Learning Centre in January 2018

Coral Tree

Planted at the Khwenyana Early Learning Centre in January 2018

Red Milkwood

Planted at the Khwenyana Early Learning Centre in January 2018

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We hope that more schools will be interested in joining the tree planting project, either to raise funds for the nursery and the care of already planted trees, or in hands-on exercises to plant and protect more trees in the area. For more information contact us at plantingtrees@indigenous.org.za.

 

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