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Plant a tree to keep Kouga green

02 September 2019
Piet van der Walt of Plantelus Nursery shows Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson what a Cape Ash looks like. Behind them is a Wild Plum, another tree that grows well locally.

Piet van der Walt of Plantelus Nursery shows Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson what a Cape Ash looks like. Behind them is a Wild Plum, another tree that grows well locally.

With spring having arrived, Kouga Municipality has renewed its call on residents and businesses to join the fight against climate change by planting trees. 

“September is one of the best months to plant certain indigenous trees,” said Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson. 

“We’d like to encourage all residents and businesses to join us in planting trees, be it in their gardens or at their premises.

“The municipality will also be identifying public areas, including parks and sidewalks, where we would like to plant trees.”

Benson said the Cape Ash and Wild Plum were two of the trees recommended by local nurseries. 

“Both trees are indigenous, grow fast and require little maintenance. 

“An added advantage, especially in coastal areas, is that they are wind resistant. 

“Also important is that these trees are less prone to damaging roads, walls and buildings, as both have taproots which grow directly downward.

"Their canopies do, however, tend to be wide and they are, therefore, best suited to large gardens and public areas."

He said the trees should preferably be planted in a sunny spot. 

Benson said that while spekboom was also a good option, experts had cautioned that they do not grow as quickly as the Wild Plum or Cape Ash.

“The tree-planting drive is part of Kouga Municipality’s commitment to combating climate change," he said. 

“Trees not only create the oxygen we breathe and need to survive, they also remove harmful greenhouse gases from the air,” he said.  

Anyone who would like to join or contribute to the tree-planting drive can contact Benson on 073 766 4816 or email dbenson@kouga.gov.za.