The St Andrew’s College Interact Club collaborated with the Nombulelo Secondary School Interact Club for our third “tree popping” session on Sunday 15 May. The aim of these excursions is to remove black wattle saplings in and around town. Black wattle encroachment can have pervasive adverse environmental impacts, particularly on hydrological and carbon cycles and biodiversity loss of indigenous species. By removing these trees – one area at a time – we are hoping
that the pH of the soil will return to normal and that the quality of the soil will allow for indigenous plants’ regrowth.
The pupils worked together to remove more than 400 black wattle trees. A proudly South African piece of equipment – the tree popper – is used to ensure that the
trees are removed roots and all. We would like to encourage more pupils to sign up for these Sunday activities every second week.
Mrs Erna Goodier