NWU, Potchefstroom Campus, News: Volunteers lean how to plant trees

Volunteers lean how to plant trees

Fourteen volunteers from the community recently sought advice from the Botanical Garden regarding hoe to plant trees.


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Mr. Bonakele Mpecheni of the Botanical Garden, busy teaching volunteers from the community how to plant a tree.


  Mr. Martin Smit of the NWU’s Botanical Garden says the training was specifically aimed at national tree planting day. “The volunteers received jiffy training in everything about environmentally friendly gardening practices such as leaf cover and how to plant a tree in the correct manner and to care for it.”
  One of the Botanical Garden’s stalwarts, Bonakele Mpecheni, took care of most of the training.
  Smit says the idea is that the volunteers will apply the knowledge on tree planting day to plant and care for trees and to further plough the knowledge into the local community.
  After the training the volunteers each received a certificate.


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Learners that attended the National Science Week on the NWU’s Potchefstroom Campus gape at the “touch me not” (Mimosa pudica) in the Botanical Garden.


• Approximately 3 000 learners from schools in North West also visited the Botanical Garden during National Science Week where they were deeply interested in the variety of plants that thrive in this environment.

 Published by Nikki Nel on 3 September 2010.