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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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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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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!

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ALWAYS ROOM FOR MORE: Oakhurst Farm Cottages & AfriCamps

Oakhurst Farm Cottages and AfriCamps - Precious Tree Project

Oakhurst Farm has history in the Garden Route – covering approx. 640 hectares of land – of which 200 hectares is pristine fynbos and indigenous forest – the farm is run commercially by the Crowther family – sixth generation descendants of the original purchaser, Henry Dumbleton, who bought the land in 1820. It is one of the few remaining large working dairy farms along the Garden Route but is also well known for its stylish accommodation and the wide variety of outdoor activities around the farm for their guests, including hiking trails to the waterfalls, horse-riding, fishing on the dam or cycling through the indigenous forest.

The Precious Tree Project team has history with Oakhurst Farm – the Crowthers’ inherited a farm not only with many hectares of pristine indigenous forest but they also inherited highly invasive non indigenous trees such as wattle, blackwood and pine. While these serve as a great resource for the farm’s requirements (firewood for the guests, mulch, etc.) clearing them is an ongoing challenge and a costly one at that. The Crowthers’ have remained committed to the clearing process over the years as well as continuously planting out more pockets of endemic species on their farm.

On Saturday 4 September, in celebration of Arbour month and as part of their ongoing tree planting efforts, we joined forces with them yet again and shared a memorable morning with their weekend guests planting out a small bio-mimicked forest mix of true Yellowwood, Boekenhout, Outeniqua Yellowwood, Wild Peach and Tree Fuchsia at their AfriCamps site.

Thank you Jake and Claire for always making room for more indigenous trees!

www.oakhurst.co.za

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

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Choosing Green to Honour Purple

Choosing Green to Honour Purple BTS Precious Tree Project

BTS is a South Korean band with a large number of big international hits and a very big following across the globe, known as the BTS Army. The BTS Army have a base here in South Africa and this year they are celebrating their 8th Anniversary by gifting trees in honour and support of BTS’s Purple Pave Project.

“When we think about generosity, we think of you. When we think about kindness, we think of you. When we think about humility and care for mankind and for our planet, we always think of you. You’ve inspired millions to make our world a better place today, but also for tomorrow. For you, for us, we pay your example forward. We purple you.”

“Our gift of trees is in your honour as part of the “Purple Pave for BTS” Project. We purple you.”

“… ‘It’s okay … when I say 1, 2, 3, forget it. Erase all sad memories. Hold my hand & smile’ .. Our gift in your honour as part of the ‘Purple pave for BTS’ Project“

“Borahae BTS!”

“Borahae” (“I purple you”) is a phrase combining two Korean words: Violet (“bora”) and I love you (“saranghae”) and was coined during a 2016 concert by Kim Taehyung (a.k.a “V” of BTS). “Borahae” implies “I’ll love you till the end of days” since purple (violet) is the last colour of the rainbow.

The Precious Tree Project Team says thank you to the South African BTS Army for choosing a green project to celebrate and honour a purple one.

BTS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bangtan.official.

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

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PTP Mini Outreach Program – Inkcubeko Youth & Science Centre, Thembalethu

PTP Mini Outreach Program – Inkcubeko Youth & Science Centre, Thembalethu

The Inkcubeko Youth and Science Centre is a non-profit initiative of the Isisombululo Community Improvement Programme and serves Thembalethu and the greater Garden Route District. The centre operates as a safe space for youth to explore how their external world around them works by igniting curiosity and interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and innovation. The centre also serves as a foundation for youth empowerment, community development, capacity building, social cohesion and youth orientated projects and programmes.

In collaboration with local environmental authorities, we spent the morning with the staff planting trees and raising their awareness around the importance of trees and the health of our natural environment… important information that they themselves will impart to the learners and community at large.

As one would like to see be the norm, they have started a small organic food garden on the property and we have joined in on this program by providing food seeds, seeds of green leafy vegetables, compost and earthworm juice to kick start the process. Their longer term goal is to have an organic waste management system in place to feed the food gardens.

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