The value of trees
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.
TreeKeepers is a citizens’ organisation that came together to protect big trees mainly in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.
We have formed a relationship (guided by a memorandum of agreement) with the City’s Parks Department to help conserve and maintain the urban forest.
We assist fellow residents to look after mature trees in their gardens (view our leaflet) and to work with City Council staff to ensure that no trees along roads and on public land are cut down without good reason.
Caring for Trees
In terms of our constitution, our aims include:
- promoting the wise maintenance and conservation of mature trees amongst residents and public.
- undertaking advocacy campaigns on the importance and benefits of trees in urban areas.
- mapping scientific and heritage data on significant trees and facilitating ‘Champion Tree’ and ‘Significant Tree’ status.
- supporting training of Council staff and accreditation of contractors and tree maintenance professionals.
- assisting schools and community groups to conserve and protect trees.
Donations of all kinds are welcome to help us achieve our aims.