Nelson Mandela Bay’s iconic Donkin Reserve will become an oasis of shade and greenery as a tree-planting initiative brings trees to locations across the metro.
In celebration of Mandela Day on Thursday, Konica Minolta South Africa and Food Trees for Africa (FTFA), in collaboration with Nelson Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), has undertaken to plant a total of 601 trees across the city, 101 of which will be planted at the Donkin Reserve.
The Donkin Reserve, which overlooks the city from Belmont Terrace, is home to Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, historic monuments such as the Stone Pyramid and the Lighthouse, as well as fascinating installation art celebrating democratic South Africa.
Other trees will be planted at schools and townships offsetting an estimated 221 tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent (CO2e).
FTFA Certified Permaculture Trainer, Mike Pierce said the trees were indigenous shade trees which were wind resistant.
“We do try to select indigenous trees that are well suited to the area that are not going to increase water stress. Low maintenance is what we’re going for. With the water issues we do our best to get trees that are water hardy,” Pierce said.
Municipality acting director of parks and cemeteries, Gregory Kops, said the city had the manpower to maintain the influx of greenery.
“When it comes to tree planting, trees must be planted in the correct place. The tree should reach its maximum lifespan. However, if a tree is not planted in the correct place one will have