Planting a better future

Steenberg High School pupils planting trees on Friday September 1 with Newlands Rotary Club.

The Rotary Club of Newlands and environmental non-profit Greenpop celebrated the start of spring on Friday September 1 by planting 30 trees at Steenberg High School.

Greenpop provided the indigenous waterberry, false olive and wild olive trees and advice on how to plant them.

Greenpop’s Farrah Schwab said it was important for the pupils to understand the full environmental significance of each sapling planted.

“Together participants learn how to plant and care for trees and the significance of the tree species we select.

“It forms a comprehensive experience that prepares them to be active citizens united in practical solutions that address climate change,” said Ms Schwab.

The tree-planting took place in response to a challenge issued by Rotary International president Ian Riseley for all Rotarians throughout the world to plant a tree by Earth Day on April 22 next year.

The challenge is being supported by the district governor for Rotary District 9350, Lynette Stassen, who was at the tree-planting ceremony.

The president of the Rotary Club of Newlands, Graham Finlayson, said the significance of trees could not be overemphasised.

“Aesthetically, the greenery breathes life into an area that was quite stark before. The trees not only create a positive outdoor space, they also will provide shade and wind protection at Steenberg High School for many years to come.”