MAROPENG PLANTS WILD OLIVE TREE FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

  • June 04, 2012

To symbolise its active role in conserving the environment, and to commemorate World Environment Day, Maropeng planted a Wild Olive tree behind its Tumulus building.

“The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is renowned for the vast number of diverse and significant fossils that have been discovered there. While it is a place where you can reflect on the past, it also represents the importance of conserving the environment for the future,” says Mark Fouché, Maropeng Maintenance Manager.

Also known as Olea africana, the Wild Olive tree is able to withstand extreme weather conditions, such as frost, drought and strong winds often experienced in Gauteng.

This hardy tree grows to a large size making it great for shade cover. Fouché explains that this indigenous tree was chosen for its usefulness: “We have a lot of Wild Olive trees on-site. They provide a home for bird life and add beauty to the surrounding area.”

The team from Servest Landscaping, Fouché and Marketing Assistant, Ntlotleng Kobue, walked around the property picking up litter. They also removed Black Wattle, an alien plant that is a common threat to natural vegetation.

“Humankind mistakenly believes it can continue on a path of self-fulfilment with little consideration for the planet and the creatures that inhabit it. We are mistaken and need to start making a difference by giving back to nature rather than taking from it,” concludes Fouché.

COMPILED ON BEHALF OF MAROPENG BY CATHY FINDLEY PUBLIC RELATIONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT NICOLLE KAIRUZ ON (011) 463 6372 OR  NICOLLE@FINDLEYPR.CO.ZA.

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