Let's plant for the future during Arbour Month
Last week’s cold, wet wintery weather did little to dampen the excitement when the Deep Blue Ambassadors once again participated in the Municipality’s greening events to celebrate Arbour Month in Gansbaai.
17 Wild Olives and Cape Ash trees were planted on the high school grounds of Gansbaai Academia in partnership with Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s Environmental Education Programme (known as DEEP), Marine Dynamics and International Marine Volunteers.
The Deep Blue programme focuses on several lessons per term about fauna and flora of the marine environment, whilst improving environmental management at the schools as well as environmental learning. The aim is to ensure that the children adopt a healthy respect for nature and a love for the environment; ultimately leading to studies in the field of marine conservation and future employment in the field.
Gansbaai's Environmental Officer, Benjamin Kondokter, says planting trees on school grounds provide an ideal opportunity for environmental education, getting children to think about greening and beautifying the school environment.
“Twenty years from now, when visiting the school, they will remember this day when they planted small trees and it will be a wonderful feeling for them to see how they grew into giants."