Mayor Gesie van Deventer and Municipal Manager Geraldine Mettler joined staff and residents on September 1 in launching the commemoration of National Arbor Week.
According to Good Things Guy, the Stellenbosch Municipality decided that the theme for this year would be ‘Planting Hope‘.
All trees in the historic Plein Street as well as in front of the Town Hall as been beautifully draped in turquoise – a colour that represents hope, wisdom, tranquillity, protection and good fortune.
Serenity and calmness is something that the world needs to recover from the pandemic, and turquoise again represents just that, reports Stellenbosch Monitor.
Arbor Week is always highlighted on the events calendar and it’s something that the residents of Stellenbosch look forward to as the City of Oaks.
“We kick-off our week of activities by wrapping the tree in front of the Town Hall in turquoise. What better way to start this new month and this new season with a dash of hope – something we definitely need a lot of as we battle this COVID-19 pandemic. Hope for our town and hope for our country. Hope that we will recover following the devastating impact that COVID-19 has had on our communities,” said Mayor van Deventer.
The team’s focus is to plant indigenous trees across the municipal area, including replacing older giant oak trees in the heart of Stellenbosch.
For the upcoming week, the municipality will be planting trees at the community skate park and donate trees to the community to plant in their gardens. They will also be donating 30 fruit trees at Lanquedoc.