Agri Kultuur September / September 2016 - Page 67

S outh Africa celebrates Arbor Week in the first week of September annually. This year, the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) in Stellenbosch planted peach trees at the Stellenbosch Night Shelter as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management. In this hands-on approach, ARC InfruitecNietvoorbij wishes to educate the residents of the night shelter about trees, particularly our fruit trees, and highlight the important role they play in sustainable development and the livelihoods of people and their environment. We hope that this exercise encourages the community to participate in various greening Derusha Crank activities within their own surroundings. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), as the custodian of forestry in South Africa, is responsible for the campaign. During the month of September (heritage month), the department also focuses on the country’s champion trees which include the “Infruitec Gum Tree”, a huge Myrtaceae: Eucalyptus camaldulensis (river red gum) located on the Helshoogte Road in Stellenbosch, which has been named after our Institute. These trees are of national importance and worthy of special protection, due to their remarkable size, age, aesthetic, cultural, historic or tourism value. Ms Denise Paulse, manager & social worker at the Stellenbosch Night Shelter and Mr Pieter Quixley, farm manager at Bien Donné Research Farm getting their hands dirty while planting peach trees sponsored by ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij.