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Annual Cedar Tree Planting

Bushmans  Kloof in the Cederberg

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, in association with Cape Nature, will again host the annual Clanwilliam Cedar Tree event which will take place at Heuningvlei in the Cederberg Wilderness area on Saturday 21 May 2016. Other participants include the Wildflower Society, the local branch of the Botanical Society and the Cederberg Conservancy, as well as local schools.

The endemic Clanwilliam cedar tree occurs only in the Cederberg mountains, some 250km north of Cape Town, and it represents one of 1 000 surviving conifer species in the world. The species is categorised as endangered on the Red Data List as it is facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild. To date the project has initiated the planting of more than 800 young cedar trees in the Cederberg area.

In what has now become a greatly anticipated botanical event for the local community, the annual Cedar Tree planting will this year be taking place at Heuningvlei, a rural village in the Cederberg, on Saturday, 21 May 2016. Now its 14th year, this significant event also involves the community members of Heuningvlei, as well as children from local Primary Schools from the area, where it forms an important part of environmental and conservation education. Members of local groups such as the Botanical Society, the Wildflower Society and the Cederberg Conservancy also participate.

Rika du Plessis, Conservation Manager at Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve, Cape Nature will be present to underpin the day’s activities that will include the planting of cedar seeds that will be transported to Bushmans Kloof. Here they will be nurtured in the nursery until they have reached a growth stage where they can be transplanted safely back into the wilderness. The highlight of the day’s events will be the planting of mature seedlings in the grove and the surrounding wilderness area.

Programme - Saturday 21 May 2016

09:30am to 10:00am
Refreshments on arrival.
The gate at the top of the Pakhuis Pass will be open on from 08h30 in the morning.
Please note that only 4 X 4 vehicles will manage this road as it is not in a good driving state at the moment.
All non 4 x 4 vehicles need to access Heuningvlei from the Wupperthal Road.

10:00am to 10:30am
Welcome by Rika du Plessis, Cape Nature.
Planting of the seeds by the local school children and ceremonical planting of trees in the grove

10:30am to 01:00pm
Planting of the trees in the Wilderness Area

01:30pm to 03:00pm
Lunch will be provided by Bushmans Kloof

Please remember to bring well marked hand spades for the planting of the small trees.

Note

Guest numbers required for catering purposes

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Should you wish to attend the event, kindly contact Jill Wagner on
Telephone: 021 481 1861 or jill@rchmail.co.za