Bishopscourt is the home of the Archbishop of Cape Town. He realised that the property was breeding alien vegetation which was beginning to spread to other properties. These aliens spread quickly and are often water-guzzlers!
So a meeting was called of the local community to explain to them what these aliens are the the problems that they cause. There was a lot of interest and many people came to the meeting and a lto of interaction took place. This was followed by a session of getting your hands dirty as they were pulled up and replaced by indigenous plants and trees.
St Anne's is a church in the Diocese of Pretoria (Anglican church of southern Africa) which had a large but vacant plot of land in front of the church. Following a drive by the Diocesan coordiantor, the grounds of the church were selected as a suitable place to plant a number of trees around.
A parish project was undertaken to increase the greenery around the area and to plant the trees in front of the church in order to reduce their carbon footprint and beautify the area.
It is now a month of two on since the trees were planted and they are looking robust and healthy. Even the Dais have been flowering.
A fence was put up to protect the trees from theft. Thank you for your continuous support through GlobalGiving. Pictures from the planting are attached.
THE DIOCESE OF PRETORIA COMMITS TO TREE PLANTING
The Diocese of Pretoria near Johannesburg in South Africa has committed itself to tree planting. Rev Jessica McCarter and Salome Leseyane have called workshops with representatives of each archdeaconry. The tree planting is taking place during September and the goal is for each church to plant at least one tree.
Congratulations Pretoria you make us proud!
Anglican Church of Lesotho Environmental Sustainability Activities
The Anglican Church of Lesotho (ACL) has put its weight behind the church’s call to protect the environment and to make a positive contribution to reduce the dire effects of Climate Change by encouraging a tree planting programme in support and alignment to the initiative of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA).
Since the ACSA Workshop on Environment and Climate Change which was held in September 2011 at Haartebeesport Dam in Pretoria, the bishop of Lesotho the Right Rev. Adam Taaso requested that every Baptismal and Confirmation candidates be the forerunners in the church’s response to this good initiative by planting trees as a symbol of their faith which they will nurture every step of the way throughout their Christian life.
This message of environmental sustainability and climate change management has been well received within the church by all people most of all being the Baptismal and Confirmation candidates planting trees at their respective homes, villages and at church grounds.
Below are a few shots of some confirmation candidates on the occasion of their confirmation at the Cathedral of St Mary and St James in Maseru. These candidates and their other counterparts planted trees along the perimeter of the church and their villages some days before the confirmations.
On a Provincial level the youth have already taken up the challenge !
Provincial Youth Council executives planted two trees at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. James in Maseru, Lesotho on Sunday 22nd January 2012. They also travelled to Pretoria for their half yearly Exco meeting from 10 to 12th February. On the Sunday the Council joined the worship service at St Pauls in Saulsville in Atteridgeville in Pretoria. After the service a few trees were planted during a tree planting ceremony which was attended by most of the congregation. The congregation was briefed on the reasons for doing this and the youth was encouraged to both nurture these trees as well as to continue the process of planting trees on occasions when we are acutely aware of our carbon emissions and the need to give back to God’s creation in this regard.
Ms Nonhlanhla Shezi, President of PYC, and Tony Lawrence, Provincial Youth Coordinator, travelled to Maseru for meetings with the Diocesan Youth Leaders as well as the Youth Chaplain for Lesotho, Fr Oriel Peko.
After the morning service at the Cathedral, they proceeded to plant the trees in a short ceremony which was also attended by Bishop Adam Taaso as well as the Dean of the Cathedral and members of the congregation.
“We challenge everybody in the Province to make provision in their travels to plant at least one tree (per travelling person) to offset the carbon emissions generated as a result of travelling by plane or car either on official business or any other reason” says Nonhlanhla.
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