Good Hope FM breakfast host Dan Corder gets to know CapeNature and the Clanwilliam Cedar Tree

by CapeNature

The new host of Good Hope’s FM breakfast show, Dan Corder sat down with CapeNature’s Conservation Manager Rika du Plessis at Algeria in Cederberg recently to unpack the significant history of the endemic Clanwilliam cedar tree (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis).

du Plessis explains more about the 16th Annual Clanwilliam cedar tree planting ceremony initiative in partnership with Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve.

At the event held on 19 May 2018, 380 trees were planted in the rural village of Heuningvlei. Around 200 conservationists, school children and families from all over the Western Cape, joined this unique conservation initiative aimed at preserving the endangered Clanwilliam cedar tree.  Although not all have survived, since inception about 3300 trees have been planted – 1800 trees in the wilderness and a further 1500 trees in the groves at Heuningvlei.

Gathering before the journey up the mountain to the cedar tree planting site


CapeNature Conservation Manager, Rika du Plessis, speaking about the history of the Clanwilliam cedar tree

The ceremony also included the planting of 240 cedar seeds by the children in attendance, that will be nurtured in the Bushmans Kloof nursery and transplanted safely back into the Wilderness, in the future.

And then the rain came down and soaked into the drought-hardened ground of Heuningvlei. The cedar tree seeds and plantings were blessed with 15mm of rainfall as nature gave us the assurance that these young trees might just make it through the year and the years to come.

Until next year, sweet Clanwilliam cedar tree.

(Photos by Tamlin Wightman & CapeNature) (Videos by DevDonDidIt & CueBace)

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