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The Benefits of Biochar

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Wattle, pine, blackwood and gum are the predominant invasive species that have infested much of the region in which we operate. While wattle is a nitrogen fixer, invasive species such as pine and gum have more negative effects on the soil composition and consequently retard the regrowth of any endemic vegetation. Where pine and gum trees have pervaded an area, it is often necessary to regenerate the soil as part of the rehabilitation process, since natural soil regeneration post pine and gum removal can take many years. Time biodiversity in the area can ill afford…

Adding biochar in its activated form to the soil is a highly beneficial method to achieve good soil composition in which our indigenous trees can regrow and thrive. We were given a short talk and demonstration by Kevin Clack, at one of our tree planting sessions in the Eastbrook Corridor, where he gave us a demonstration on Activated Biochar and highlighted the numerous benefits of using biochar: improvement of soil structure and fertility, enhanced water absorption around the root bowl, carbon sequestration.

We’ll be comparing the rate of growth of the trees using biochar vs. those where biochar was not included in the mix. Watch this space!

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Planting Action Speaking Louder than Eco Words

Planting Action Speaking Louder than Eco Words

Rock the Route and PANGEA Trails are local ECO Adventure Tourism businesses who have been ongoing supporters of Precious Tree Project since 2018. Both companies offer tours around South Africa and include multi-day tours to the Garden Route. Both companies recognise that the tourism services they have on offer come with an environmental footprint and remain committed to sponsoring trees with Precious Tree Project for every seat sold on every tour they conduct. This means that as the seats add up, so do the numbers of trees we get to plant out in one of our wildlife corridor rehabilitation projects.

This month we selected Eastbrook Wildlife Corridor as the site to plant out these trees in our usual “biomimicked forest patch” way.

Thumbs up to Rock the Route/PANGEA Trails for their contributions and making this planting session possible! This mini-forest will help restore biodiversity in the corridor, provide a valuable source of food and a safe haven for wildlife passing through.

Thumbs up to them also pitching in and helping us plant out their trees on the day!

Thumbs up to our very important planters for showing up every time to plant a mini-forest!

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A New Rehabilitation Story – Eastbrook Wildlife Biodiversity Corridor

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Our rehabilitation & assisted reforestation efforts are targeted at existing identified as well as potential new wildlife corridors spanning the area between Wilderness and Sedgefield. We have now added a third wildlife corridor rehabilitation project into our Projects portfolio – the Eastbrook Wildlife Corridor, in Karatara.

The corridor passes through a number of privately owned pieces of property, so buy in and collaboration with landowners is key. The corridor is significant as it runs between the Karatara and Hoegekraal Rivers, giving wildlife access to vital water sources that are often cut off as a result of impenetrable or electrified fences erected around property boundaries.

A big thank you to Chrissy Bosman for recognizing the need to restore biodiversity, protect and rehabilitate the wildlife corridors in her area, as well as for her commitment to helping us achieve our own long term vision.

Click here if you would like to sponsor an indigenous South African forest tree towards our wildlife corridors in the Garden Route – OR – visit www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/precioustreeproject to make a donation.

Check out the YouTube video below!