Arbor Week 2012 | Western Cape Government

Arbor Week 2012

What is National Arbor Week?
South Africa celebrated its first Arbor Day in 1983. However, in 1999, the National Government of South Africa made the decision to extend the day-long celebration into National Arbor Week, which is celebrated from 1 September to 7 September every year, to emphasise the importance of trees in our modern environment. The theme for National Arbor Week 2012 is "Our Forests - Our Future ".


Why are Trees and Plants Important?
Trees and plants have many uses, from being used for furniture, paper and building materials to being a source of medicines and food. Trees and plants also help to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is extremely important for minimising the effects of global warming.


  • Which Kinds of Trees Should You Plant?
    The best sorts of trees to plant are those that are indigenous to your region.


    It is important to remember that young trees need some nurturing, so make sure to use good fertiliser and to provide regular watering.

    Every year, the National Government highlights indigenous trees which are recommended for planting during Arbor Week. View the trees for 2012.


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