Arbor Week was celebrated in true Clarens style on Wednesday, 4th September, 2013. Children from Clarens Primary, Dihlabeng Christian School, the Working on Fire team, the Clarens Village Conservancy rangers, and Clarens municipal workers as well as your news hound from Clarens News (and even a few of the local cows) amongst many others, all turned up to celebrate and plant 37 liquidambers on the verges of the Dihlabeng entrance into Clarens. These trees will certainly brighten up that entrance into Clarens in the years to come. (Only hope I live long enough to see it.) And isn’t planting for a better, brighter future what Arbor week is all about?p
Preparations for the arbor week tree planting have been going on for some time, and required a huge amount of work. The ground alongside the road was almost impossible to break through and was only achieved with the help of the municipal TLB. Our municipal manager, Peter Reed, managed to procure the trees, and the municipal team, together with the Working on Fire team, as well as our CVC rangers put in many hours of sweat to get the planting holes ready. Once the holes had been dug, top soil was brought in as well as loads of compost from the Clarens Stables – thanks to Yolandi Storbeck. Being that cattle are such a large part of the local landscape, measures also needed to be taken to ensure that the trees were protected, so you will notice that each tree has a sturdy wire cage.
The school children really got into the spirit of things, and thoroughly enjoyed planting their trees (some of which I suspect have now been “adopted” and even given names.) The best fun of all however, seemed to be had by the children who were put in charge of watering the trees – using hoses from Rodney’s Working on Fire vehicle.