SUSTAINABILITY : REFORESTATION
The Western Cape is not known for vast tracts of forest or woodland. Yet in the Overberg there are many “kloofs” (canyons) and other fire-protected spots where remnants of ancient indigenous forest thrive. Especially the lower ends of these kloofs have suffered the most of alien invasive trees. Appropriate areas cleared from alien vegetation in the reserve of farm 215 are re-forested with indigenous tree-species.
To date (2013) 13’000 trees have been planted out in the reserve of farm 215 under the Trees for Tourism program of the South African Forest Trust. These trees are on their way to create South Africa’s youngest indigenous forest. The benefit is already showing through an icrease in birdlife and wildlife, declined erosion and increased water-retention of the streambanks.
Planting trees that will become part of forest canopies provides a multi-dynamic approach that will support not just a tree, but an entire eco-system and every facet of life within it. Ancient forest systems are preserved for future generations and South Africa´s carbon sink capacity will be enhanced, counteracting the effects of climate change.
Trees for Tourism (TfT) creates forest eco-systems for the tourism industry in South Africa to counter-balance the tourism related footprint. Trees for Tourism (TfT) is an initiative of Serendipity Africa, Platbos Conservation Trust and Farm 215 Private Nature Reserve. TfT facilitates the “purchase” by tourists and tourism related companies of indigenous trees to be planted out in old woodland and appropriate degraded areas to re-create pristine forest eco-systems safeguarded for future generations.