Tree Keepers Timeline

2013
September 2013

When an avenue of majestic eucalyptus street trees over 70 years-old in Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth is cut, seemingly without due care or public notice, it gives rise to a letter in the Southern Suburbs Tatler which draws concerned citizens together, that results in the TreeKeepers association being formed to conserve and protect all trees in the urban forest.

2014
July 2014

TreeKeepers intervene and  save 60 year old eucalyptus trees at Rosmead Primary School from being cut down.

September 2014

Iconic tree 90+ years old at Newlands swimming pool is severely ‘pruned’ on instruction of  pool management. TreeKeepers and City Recreation and Parks stop further damage but the tree eventually dies.

2015
April 2015

TreeKeepers constitution drawn up and signed by 13 original members, becomes a Voluntary Association.

July 2015

TreeKeepers’ members map and record trees in the streets of Harfield and Kenilworth.

2016
April 2016

MOU signed with City Recreation and Parks department creating mutual support partnership for communication and participation of urban forest management.

September 2016

Public launch of TreeKeepers attended by Councillor, City Recreation and Parks officials, members and citizens.

2017
February 2017

Development in Hillwood Road, Claremont  halted by TKA where protected yellowwoods were retained but root zone damaged. Plans changed to accommodate root zone.

2018
March 2018

Southern Suburbs Tatler features TreeKeepers in article “NGO speaks for the trees’ emphasising  advocacy work the organisation  does to conserve  the  urban forest.

August 2018

TreeKeepers monthly meetings now being held at City Rec & Parks Newlands Forest Nursery;  new City Arborist now gives regular reports.

2019
October 2019

TreeKeepers gives input into City’s Tree Policy which will guide the management of the urban forest and in particular street trees.  Also input to PSHB borer-beetle treatment.

2020
January 2020

Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) status achieved. Strategic session held for forward planning and projects.

August 2020

TreeKeepers members act to conserve trees in Brommersvlei Road, Constantia also Constantia Village parking area trees.

2021
June 2021

In-depth report on felling along Klaasenbosch and Doordrift Trails of black alder trees. Comment being done on Tokai and Cecilia Forest management process and provincial Biodiversity Act.

April 2021

TreeKeepers responds to call to stop over-pruning of eucalyptus trees in Rondebosch Primary and engages with school on tree management.
Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) status achieved for donations to be tax-deductable.

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