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Rounds of Fun

wilderness summer beach volleyball challenge precious tree project

The Wilderness Beach Volleyball Team Challenge started as a summer event in December 2017 to raise funds to plant out a bio-mimicked forest patch in our Wilderness Heights Wildlife Corridor. The event has gained popularity over the past five years, having developed into an annual summer fundraiser on Leentjies Klip Beach in Wilderness. A once-a-year event, however, hasn’t quite satiated the locals’ appetites for serious volleyball and the requests to hold the event more regularly have been rolling in. In collaboration with Backline Lounge Bar and Corona Lite, to quench this thirst, we held an End of Summer Beach Volleyball Challenge on the 20th of March.

The passion for the game was evident in the high spirits of all the participants, where the standard of play and level of skill were the highest yet. Although there can only be one winning team to claim the winning spot on the day, everyone felt like winners having the knowledge that their participation alone equates to a bio-mimicked forest patch planted out in one of our local wildlife corridors.

Event Winners: One Family
Event Runners Up: The Assassins (Summer Challenge Title Holders three consecutive years in a row)

The Precious Tree Project Team would like to extend a huge thank you to the local volleyball players who consistently pitch up; sponsor a tree as their entry fee and play for the forests. It was rounds of fun! Watch this space for the next round of our Beach Volleyball Team Challenge!

If you would like to sponsor an indigenous South African forest tree or gift-a-Tree to a loved one and help the ongoing expansion of our wildlife corridors, simply click here OR you can go to www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/precioustreeproject.

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Play, Plant, Love

Play, Plant, Love - Precious Tree Project

Playing for Trees is one of our popular fundraising platforms to raise money to plant out trees. In September 2021, Precious Tree Project collaborated with Denneberghof Country Estate Events and held our “You & Your Plus 1” Spring sports challenge at their beautiful venue, located between Victoria Bay and Wilderness. The proceeds received from this event were raised to plant out a small bio-mimicked forest patch of indigenous trees on the property, where efforts to rehabilitate the land are on the go. On the 19th of February 2022, a group of our VIPs (very important planters) got together to plant them out. The ownership now rests with the landowners to maintain them carefully until they have taken root.

The Precious Tree Project would like to thank everyone involved in this project: those who played for trees, those who planted out trees and those at Denneberghof who have committed to maintain them with love while they ground themselves in their new home.

Thank you SHOMON for the use of your original soundtrack “Feels so Right”!

If you would like to sponsor an indigenous forest tree to our wildlife corridors, click here OR you can go to https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/precioustreeproject.

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Competing for 1st Place .. playing for Trees

Beach Volleyball Challenge 27 December 2021 Precious Tree Project

Our annual Summer Beach Volleyball Team Challenge that we hold each December gains popularity every year. The standard of play and the level of skill simply get better each year. While the teams certainly “upped their games”, none were able to beat the current title holders of the Challenge.

The Winners were (in three consecutive years of play): The Assassins.
The Runners Up: The Sandy Sacks (next time fellas).

A Big Thank You To:
everyone who entered the challenge,
the refs,
the sponsor – SOGA Organic,
Wilderness BeachHouse Backpackers,
the supporters on the side,
the photographers behind the camera.

If you would like to support our ongoing efforts of assisted regeneration of our forest biome and our wildlife corridors, click here!

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Hey ho, hey ho … Off to plant we go …

Libertas Guest Farm Wildlife Corridor - Precious Tree Project

We started working on a section of this Wildlife Corridor running through Libertas Guest Farm in the earlier part of 2021. Most of the “alien management” of the corridor running though the farm is undertaken by the landowners themselves, but the ongoing task of restoring lengthy tracks of land to its former natural glory can be an unrelenting challenge. The primary invasive species dominating the corridor are black wattle, lantana and bugweed. In addition to being invasive, these species are particularly fast-growers. As a prime wildlife corridor (and currently monitored with cameras by NMMU students), PTP jumped in to help clear the giant bugweed and to boost the reforestation process with endemic forest tree species that are great sources of food for the wildlife too.

A BIG thank you to Dr Morley for his tree-cycling project and FAGRON SA for the sponsorship of 75 endemic forest trees that we planted out.

Click here if you would like to sponsor an indigenous forest tree to our wildlife corridors OR you can go to https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/precioustreeproject.

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Art for Nature – Artist: Irma de Waal

Art For Nature” is an avenue for us to raise awareness around, and bring exposure to some pretty amazing artists residing in the Garden Route area. Irma de Waal, donated artwork to PTP to help us raise funds and plant millions of indigenous trees!!

Irma de Waal

“A painting is a gift that lasts a lifetime!”

About the Artist

Irma de Waal lives and works as a full-time artist in the Wilderness, Southern Cape. She completed her BA FINE ARTS Degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 1975, majoring in the Art of Painting and the History of Art. Irma is from Africa and therefore shares the rhythm and the pulse of the people and the warmth and the vibrancy of the colours that is so unique to this continent.

“Using colours and shapes, I do not wish to depict a realistic image of my subject, but rather create a feeling of nostalgia and remembrance.”

Her source of inspiration reflects in the magnitude of the outstretched landscapes of our country – from the abandoned farmhouses in the Free State to the white- washed fisherman’s cottages all along the coastline of the Western Cape.

The houses and buildings of the Malay Quarters in Cape Town and the colourful structures and homes from several informal settlements are also challenging concepts she loves to paint.

More recently Irma’s interest in the humbling magic of the Karoo became prominent in her paintings. The sense of space and silence amongst the craggy hills of the Karoo landscape drew Irma’s attention to the small towns or “dorpies”, where the original Settler’s architecture and a distinctly “Karoo” way of life inspired her work in a charming fashion.

Irma’s unique ability to paint these landscapes often includes the sensitive presence of individuals involved in their daily activities that is prominent to the area on which the painting focuses.

She paints in a modern-abstract way; elongating and distorting the perspective of buildings and subjects to slanted forms and angles with fine lines that reminds of architectural drawings.

Irma uses oil paints on high quality stretched canvas, applying the paint with bold brush strokes and palette-knives.

Art for Nature

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Art for Nature – Artist: Ninette Steyl

Art For Nature” is an avenue for us to raise awareness around, and bring exposure to some pretty amazing artists residing in the Garden Route area. Ninette Steyl, donated artwork to PTP to help us raise funds and plant millions of indigenous trees!!

“I am Ninette Steyl and the founder and artist of The Dune Art. I live in the most beautiful part of South Africa – Wilderness in the Garden Route. I love to capture the emotions and depth through light and colour. The way the light falls, the movement in people’s eyes and the stillness of natural beauty, inspires me.

I partly studied Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Life happened and I became a mother of 3, leaving no time or room for art. Over the years I attended classes at different private teaching artists, who inspired my confidence and nurtured trust in my creativity.

My chosen mediums are oil painting, pencil sketching, watercolour, and lately … loose-mixed media, this is my favourite self-expression. Important to me, is to bring depth into my artwork by striving to portray some emotion, or different dimensions. My topics range from realistic still life’s and portraits to landscapes and abstract works. I love experimenting with colour and texture.

Bringing the beauty of light into people’s homes at a particular moment through beauty and expression, is what my journey of self-discovery brought out … Finally I am living my passion.

My biggest commission was doing 50 paintings for a very exclusive Altzheimers retirement village in Bryanston, Johannesburg.”

Art for Nature

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The Gift of Gifting a Precious Tree

The Gift of Gifting a Precious Tree - Precious Tree Project

Gifting a tree to a loved one as a birthday present, wedding gift or any other ceremonial and remembrance occasion is becoming more popular with our followers. Our ability to continuously assist with the ongoing reforestation of the Wilderness Heights Wildlife Corridor is a result of the support we receive every time you gift a tree in honour of your loved ones.

The Precious Tree Project Team says thank you!

Click here if you would like to sponsor an indigenous forest tree to our wildlife corridors OR you can go to https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/precioustreeproject.

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PTP Mini Outreach Program – Lawaaikamp Creche, Thembalethu

PTP Mini Outreach Program – Lawaaikamp Creche, Thembalethu

Lawaaikamp Creche is a small school for learners under the age of 5 years. Situated in Thembalethu in George, the creche, like most in the surrounds, is located in an area where employment levels are low and funding not easy to come by from the local community members. The crèche is continually in need of assistance and more often than not, is unable to afford the upkeep of the  outdoor learning environment:  the grounds are noticeably bare and absent of trees (for shade at the very least), the vegetable patch that was started early in 2021 is bare of produce and the rickety outdoor “jungle gym” is in need of repair.  

We teamed up with local authorities to assist the school’s requirements for more trees around the ground and supplied the crèche with trees, indigenous tree seeds to germinate on-site and then plant out in the grounds over the course of the year using the planting method we demonstrated on the day. We also donated veggie seeds in order to help revive their vegetable garden.

Not only did we use the opportunity to raise awareness among these young learners about the importance of trees but to teach them about the importance of eating their vegetables too!

If you are able to assist with food seed contributions or help with the jungle gym, please contact Melissa on 084 490 8876.

If you would like to sponsor an indigenous South African forest tree and help expand our wildlife corridors in the Garden Route, click here OR https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/precioustreeproject.

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Putting the Fun in Fundraising

Putting the fun in fundraising

Hosting our “You and Your Plus 1” Doubles Challenge is always fun and in September we held our Spring You event in Victoria Bay to raise funds to plant out more bio-mimicked forest patches in the Garden Route.  The six events, set up against a beautiful backdrop of mountains and forests at Denneberghof, included volleyball, table tennis, boulles, chip and putt, darts and a 25m running relay.

The Doubles Team Challenge prize winners this year:
The Winners: The Honkytonk Badonkadonks
The Runners Up: The Strays

Thank you to all the participants for stepping up to the challenge and making a big effort for the Team Name & Dress Up competition!  Your enthusiastic participation is greatly appreciated and made watching you all such fun!
The winners:  The LifeSavers
The Runners Up: the Chrays

Soga Organic and Die Invloed for their fabulous prizes!
Wilderness Beach House Backpackers Lodge for being the best hosts for our prize giving ceremony.
Shomon and the soundtrack for the attached video.
Stretch for the live music.

A big thank you to everyone for the support and for putting the fun in our You and Your Plus 1 FUNdraiser!

These sponsored trees will be planted out in a bio-mimicked forest pocket at Denneberghof in 2022 …. Watch this space!

If you would like to sponsor an indigenous South African forest tree and help expand the wildlife corridors in the Garden Route, click here or go to www.payfast.co.za/donat/go/precioustreeproject.

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Arbour Week vs Corporate Environmental Responsibility

Arbour Week vs Corporate Environmental Responsibility - Precious Tree Project

South Africa celebrates Arbour Week annually in the first week of September. National Arbour Week, as most of us know, is that time of the year where South Africans – individuals and business alike – are called upon and encouraged to plant indigenous trees as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management.

Multicup Solutions, a division of Libstar Operations (PTY) LTD – sponsored a number of indigenous trees as their symbolic gesture towards sustainable environmental management. We planted these trees in a mini bio-mimicked forest patch within the Wilderness Heights Wildlife Corridor, one of our ongoing assisted reforestation projects in the Garden Route.

Multicup Solutions are, however, going beyond symbolic gestures of environmental management confined to a single week or month of the year. They are committed to practical, sustainable environmental measures to reduce the overall environmental footprint of the full production cycle of their products, including transport, consumption and disposal thereof. They are introducing a new earth-loving packaging range that is certified compostable and made from plant-based sources. www.multicup.co.za

A big thank you to Multicup Solutions for their commitment to our environment, for their sponsorship of indigenous forest trees and another big thank you to our VIP’s who helped plant them out!

If you would like to support our ongoing efforts of assisted regeneration of the Garden Route forest biome, click here!