Precious Tree Project is in the business of growing and selling indigenous forest trees that can be planted out in forest areas along the Garden Route – focusing on those that were devastated by the raging fires in July 2017, where the regrowth of forests and the re-attraction of wild life back into these areas is of vital importance.


Why We Believe in Planting Trees

Knysna ForestOur individual health and well-being (which determines the quality of the lives we live) are of prime importance as a human race. Having a community of happy, healthy people is a beautiful thing. Since we are intrinsically connected to our natural environment, we would be naive to consider our own individual health and well-being without considering that of our external environment.

Anything and everything that we address in respect of our own health and well-being needs to be addressed in the greater context of our existence, since we are completely and utterly dependent on our natural environment for our existence, survival, growth and development. Our natural environment provides all the resources we need to simply survive (the primary being air, water, food and energy, in that order). The quality of these offerings influences the quality of our lives and the quality of our growth and development.

Our connection to the natural environment is not simply a physical one, but has implications for our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being as well. Simply being in and close to nature has a positive effect on our mental and emotional well-being. We’ve all experienced how the forest green of nature creates a feeling of balance, centred-ness, restful calm as well as restoring, healing and grounding.

The healthier Mother Earth and her ecosystems, of which we are a part, the healthier the resources we can draw from her and the greater the well-being we derive from her.

The Status Quo?

On a global level, the state of our natural environment is not a happy one. We are faced with the unprecedented high levels of pollution across the globe, air pollution, water pollution and soil pollution – the result of a combination of natural as well as anthropogenic (human) causes.

Our collective individual and industry footprints on our planet are leaving very little room for our natural environment to regenerate itself and grow sustainably. Forests are diminishing at rapid rates across the globe thereby affecting the natural cleaning up and regeneration of our resources.

Global warming and climate change are also having an impact on local climates, affecting the natural growth and regeneration of our forests. Droughts and floods are compromising the availability of water in an already water-scarce region and threatening our existing forests.

Planting trees is the “greenest” form of balancing, mitigating, offsetting our collective footprint and regenerating the planet.

The biggest challenges for governments and big businesses across the globe are the provision and supply of clean water, energy and air (and of course healthy food). There are many products and technologies on the market (existing and under development) in response to these challenges.

Many of these “greener technologies” are an attempt to mitigate our heavy collective environmental footprint. These products and technologies, while gaining more momentum as part of a rising Green Economy, are mostly costly and out of the financial reach for many.When considering the purchase and installation of a renewable energy, water or waste efficient system, for example, there are many hidden environmental impacts that are not brought to light by the manufacturers, the suppliers or the contractors who install them. These hidden factors include the mining of raw materials and the manufacture of these materials into a usable product (followed by the costs of transporting the product to the end user).

Not only are the “embedded” (hidden) energy, water and waste footprints around the production and transport of all of these technologies and products not made transparent, but the effectiveness of the majority of these products is calculated only from its final installation and from the moment it is switched on.As far as “going green” is concerned, planting trees is by far the most effective method to choose in terms of cost, efficiency and “offsetting” your impact on the environment. Planting a tree has an immediate effect on the micro and macro levels for all life on this planet. Planting a cleverly chosen, local, indigenous and endemic tree does not have any of these hidden “environmental impacts”, is effective immediately and continues to have an impact for an incredibly long time. Once the trees are planted, they immediately start to attract animal life such as birds and insects, which in turn help in accelerating the restoration process.

Benefits of Trees

As a tree grows and matures, it will produce more oxygen than carbon dioxide. This means that a growing and maturing tree will contribute to reducing greenhouse gases and will reduce global warming for anything between 40 and 100 years (and beyond). The other benefits of trees are endless and range from the most basic and practical, such as binding and nitrogen fixing of soil to improving all around water quality.

A single tree becomes a biosphere and an ecosystem for many forms of life, ranging from bacteria, insects, birds through to primates, apes and humans. Many trees planted together to mature into a forest will develop into a wonderfully complex, inter-connected and intricate life-form that is beyond the individual tree.

They play a key role in our battle against climate change, feed our rivers, help to regulate the impact of storms and floods, harbour biologically-diverse ecosystems, provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent populations.
Within our cities, urban forests purify the air and ground water, regulate temperatures, provide shade, and encourage pride of place.

Benefits for our natural environment:

  1. Reducing greenhouse gases and reducing global warming.
  2. Oxygen production as the tree grows and matures.
  3. Shade and cooling of the natural environment.
  4. Biomass and biodiversity.
  5. Food and shelter for a myriad of differing life forms, from the most basic of moss and fungi to other plants, birds, insects, animals and, of course, human-beings.
  6. Providing medicinal value.
  7. Future building materials. Limited use of trees/wood as a building material is recommended in fire hazardous areas.
  8. Future life on this planet.

Benefits for us as individuals:

  1. Produces the oxygen we need to breathe.
  2. Cleans the air we breathe (absorbs CO2).
  3. Cleans the water we need to drink (nearly 70{95e33a2e1541a8d1a914f3d089acf650fcb05a7848c551bf9c30822b46cf06e4} of our bodies are made up of water).
  4. Cleans the water we need to grow our food.
  5. Cleans the soil in which we need to plant our food and grow our trees.
  6. Provides shade to our homes when well positioned and can save us electricity consumption, as it reduces reliance on air-conditioners in summer).
  7. Provides a healing, relaxing environment for mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.


How Many Trees to Plant?

As an individual:

How many trees should I plant to ‘off-set’ my modern lifestyle? (As tree growth and oxygen outputs vary from tree to tree, and from species to species, broad averages are used). Several carbon calculators are available on the net for your own calculations.

  • For every 600km of aeroplane flight = 1 x tree planted.
  • For every 8 000km of driving = 1 x tree planted.
  • For every 1 month of electricity use = 1 x tree planted.
  • For every 1 month shopping and consumption from modern supermarkets = 1 x tree planted.

As a corporate:

Accurately estimating the number of trees a business requires to offset or mitigate its environmental footprint usually requires an energy and/or carbon audit. This is a complicated process and can often be costly to the point that many businesses are not able to or willing to invest in and follow through with the recommendations of such audits. With this in mind, we offer a range of corporate tree-planting packages that provide a measure of off-setting a company’s footprint.


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