Cedar Tree Day

by CapeNature

Each year CapeNature and Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wilderness Retreat join forces to host a Cedar Day. The goal: to plant cedar trees!

The Clanwilliam cedar tree, endemic to the Cederberg Mountains, is one of few indigenous conifers found in Africa. It’s categorised as endangered on the Red Data List and as Dr Ed February, a Board Member of CapeNature explains, “It’s at a very high risk of extinction in the wild.”

The tree planting event, held on 21 May, took place at Heuningvlei in the Cederberg Wilderness area and included the support of the Wild Flower Society, the local Botanical Society, schools in the community and the Cederberg Conservancy.

Alan Winde, the Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism was the key speaker at the event. Winde informed everyone of the importance of this iconic tree and the income it helps to generate from people coming to enjoy the area’s
biodiversity. “Each tourism destination has its own icon. In the Southern Cape where I
come from, it is the Knysna elephant, and here it is the cedar tree.”

Winde also noted that this partnership has greatly contributed to the survival of the iconic cedar tree. It is estimated that over 1000 trees have been planted since the start of this partnership.

Did you know?

Originally, most West Coast furniture was manufactured from the Clanwilliam cedar’s light, honey-coloured and aromatic wood.

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