The Great Labyrinth Project, which aims to create Africa’s largest 13-circuit structure of only spekboom, is nearly ready to receive visitors. More than 6 000 trees have been planted since November 2019, and there are still 84 000 that are yet to be planted by volunteers.
According to Peter Shrimpton, creator of the Project, the labyrinth will be open to the public to volunteer on Saturday, March 6. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde will be there as well, and will help volunteers plant the remaining trees this weekend.
Shrimpton collaborated with a non-profit organisation called the Entrepreneurs Organisation, which believes that everyone should help to reduce carbon emissions where they can.
Speaking to IOL, President of the Organisation, Waheed Adams said that the campaign has been spearheaded to inspire local entrepreneurs, as well as raise climate change awareness.
“The spekboom tree has an amazing ability to turn the harmful emissions to oxygen needed to sustain our world as we know it, so we would hope that this project would bring to life many more labyrinths across the world,” he said.
“It’s not just about the Great Labyrinth, it’s about inspiring people to plant spekboom and reduce their carbon emissions,” Shrimpton added.
The public is encouraged to participate in the Great Labyrinth Project at the East Hill Farm in Stellenbosch, which will take place between 9am and 12.30pm on Saturday, March 6.