Expanding the forest one precious tree at a time!
In September 2019, Oakhurst Insurance Company Limited in George committed to growing a bio-mimicked patch of indigenous forest on one of our reforestation sites (Libertas) in Hoekwil. This initiative is one of their measures to address climate change and assist PTP in restoring biodiversity to this area.
In October, as part of another team-building initiative, a number of their staff took some time out of the office to get their hands dirty by planting more endemic, indigenous trees along the riverine area – including the Outeniqua Yellowwood, Boekenhout, Cape Holly, True Yellowwood and Wild Olive.
Creating these bio-mimicked forest patches along the riverine area is more than simply “replacing” the natural forest area that previously grew here and which had become smothered by highly invasive non-indigenous trees and vines … it is also about assisting the natural regeneration of the existing forest trees – given time and assistance, the forests along the riverine area will restore themselves …. and this mini forest is there to assist the process!