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TreeKeepers is a voluntary community group committed to conserving trees and forests across Cape Town
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What we do

TreeKeepers was born when we saw indiscriminate removal of mature trees in our suburbs and knew it was very important to try and stem the tide and to ensure new trees were planted to replace them. We also observed that trees are not given sufficient good maintenance to ensure their ongoing good health, so we aim to work with the City of Cape Town and the general public to educate and inspire people to manage and preserve our urban forests. 

Why it matters to all of us

Trees have been providing shelter, shade, and sustenance for humankind for hundreds of thousands of years. They produce life-giving oxygen and clear the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and pollution.

Destructive Invader

This beetle that’s infecting urban trees country-wide could potentionally be one of South Africa’s worst ever ecological disasters. Find out what tell-tale signs to look out for, and what you can do about it. Help combat this devatating threat – the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer

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planting trees

How to plant trees in small gardens

How to plant trees in small gardens Here is a useful checklist to use when it comes to planting a tree in a small garden: Where is the garden? Suburb, street name? Relevant for climatic conditions and micro-climate. How big is the space that the tree can grow into? ?m

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Tree Care: Removing Ivy from Trees

Did you know that when Ivy (Hedera helix and all its cultivar forms) grows up into a tree from the ground, it can be detrimental to the health of the tree although it is unlikely to kill it? In Newlands and the Southern suburbs in general, citizens have been noticing

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Five Steps for Pruning Young Trees

Remove broken, diseased, dying, or dead branches. Select a leader and remove competing leaders Select the lowest permanent branch Select scaffold branches and cut back or remove competing branches Select temporary branches below the lowest permanent branch. Remove broken, diseased, dying, or dead branches. Look around the tree. If you

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