A few months back we posted a story about spekboom and its amazing carbon-soaking potential (How cool is spekboom?). Since then we’ve noticed it sprouting up all over the place.
- In an ad campaign for Spec-Savers where they promise to plant over 4000 spekboom trees as part of a sub-tropical thicket rehabilation project in Baviaanskloof, Eastern Cape (http://www.specsavers.co.za/social.aspx).
- The wine industry has also bought into the benefits of spekboom and Columbit has launched a project where they distribute small plants to vineyards around the Cape (http://www.wineland.co.za/200902-spekboom.php3).
- There were features on spekboom in episodes of 50/50 and Fokus.
- Lastly, there is a Facebook group, Spekboom Carbon and Poverty Alleviation Project, which is actively growing and distributing spekboom plants by obtaining sponsorships that enables them “to provide Spekboom cuttings to, and pay impoverished citizens to plant spekboom in rural communities such as Barrydale in the Western Cape, South Africa.” Join the group at http://tinyurl.com/spekboom
If anyone in Durban is looking for spekboom plants, I can supply cuttings and they are really easy to grow.
Spreading the Spekboom love
So far, we’ve given cuttings to a farmer, a nursery-man, an eco-friendly neighbour and an NGO.