Plant a Tree – and add value to your life, environment and property
Children playing under large shade trees, a fruit tree with fresh summer fruits, a multi-coloured tree in autumn with splashes of red, orange and yellow.
Trees has always been and (hopefully) will always be part of our way of life – and also of our survival. To plant a tree does not only fall in the gardening category, but also in the energy efficient or green category.
A few interesting facts about trees
- Trees fight climate change
Trees absorb CO2 gasses. In 1 year a plantation of approximately 0.4ha mature trees can absorb the same amount of CO2 as produced by an average motor vehicle over a span of approximately 40 000km, according to www.treepeople.org.
- Trees keep the air clean
Trees not only absorb CO2 gasses, but also other pollutant gasses and they filter small particles from the air.
- Trees provide oxygen
In 1 year a plantation of approximately 0.4ha mature trees can provide enough oxygen for approximately 18 people.
- Cooling Effect
Trees help to keep the environment cool by providing shade and thus can assist in lowering costs associated with cooling.
- Wind Barrier
Strategically planted trees can serve as a barrier against wind, lowering (the mostly substantial) costs associated with heating.
- Reduce water pollution
- Reduce erosion
- Trees provide food for humans, animals and bird life.
- Trees create economic, entrepreneurial and business opportunities.
- Trees create habitats for wildlife
- Increased property value
Well maintained trees (planted in the correct spot) can increase property value.
- The largest tree (according to diameter) in South Africa (according to the South African department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) is a Big Baobab in the Limpopo Province. There is estimated that the tree is more than 1700 years old.
- More than 9 million people in South Africa depend on firewood for daily survival.
Engel & Völkers started the Potchefstroom Tree Planting project to make a visible and lasting contribution to the city. Recent projects include the distribution of trees in Tuscany Ridge Estate, at the Lekwena Breakfast in the Bush event in Dec 2015 and to new home owners in Potchefstroom.