Hogsback Gears up for Reforestation and Restoration
Terra-Khaya Backpackers Prepares for their Annual Festival of Trees.
Nestled in the majestic Amathole mountain range near Hogsback in the Eastern Cape, Terra-Khaya backpackers is once again partnering with Greenpop and gearing up to host this year’s Festival of Trees.
The festival aims to rebuild the local ecosystem, one sapling at a time. From 22 to 25 September 2017, the festival will celebrate one of South Africa’s natural gems and actively involve attendees in preserving it from threats of deforestation and invader species. The annual festival has become recognised as one of the landmark events on the South African green community calendar. It is scheduled to be a week of workshops, talks, various activities, and of course tree-planting followed by two days of local music and celebration.
With a strong primary focus on indigenous reforestation of the area, the Festival of Trees calls on hundreds of attendees from across the country to participate in the restoration of the local ecosystem. The area boasts one of Southern Africa’s richest forests with 1215 endemic plant species, which are under severe threat from ever-expanding invader species such as wattle, as well as habitat reduction and soil erosion caused by numerous other factors. The effects of these are long-lasting and widespread, endangering local vegetation, in some cases to the point of extinction.
To combat this, Terra-Khaya has teamed up with Greenpop, a Cape Town-based urban greening and reforestation organisation. By bringing people together for the common cause, the festival hopes to plant thousands of indigenous trees of various species, using an inter-planting method whereby attendees plant young saplings between thinned-out older trees that will provide a natural “nursery” environment for them to thrive in. The festival also serves as a flagship event for the reforestation movement, raising awareness around the issue and spreading the word of its importance to the planet’s ecosystem as a whole.
On top of the tree-planting and reforestation, there will be a host of several activities and experiences for attendees to participate in and enjoy. These range from from musical performances by esteemed local bands, performers and DJs, to yoga sessions, fire dancing, workshops and hikes through the breath-taking surrounding landscape. Visitors will be offered a wide variety of interesting, educational and participative creative experiences in a truly unique, natural setting.
The festival features a top quality musical lineup, including the The Steezies, Roxton met Herkie, Belle & The Beard, Khoisan Boy_Man, Mike Didge, Nevau and many other local artists. Visitors will have no shortage of educational and entertaining things to do as there will also be walks and tours hosted by Terra-Khaya founder Shane Eades, isiXhosa language workshops by Ubuntu Bridge, and numerous courses including permaculture, natural building, foraging, beekeeping, natural horsemanship and herbal medicine.
Terra-Khaya will be offering delectable vegetarian meals throughout the week, and will play host to the majority of attendees who camp on the grounds. Festival tickets are available at R580 for adults and R480 for children (ages 4-12), and include camping at Terra-Khaya for three nights, three meals on the planting day, and trees for planting.
Visitors will only need to organise their own camping gear, transport to the campsite and food for the eco-week.
This event is set out to be an enjoyable experience for all involved, with an abundance of interesting things to do and experts to learn from. Environmentalists are invited to come and participate in some true green activism, visit the oldest Yellowwood in the Eastern Cape, engage with lke-minded individuals, express their creativity, dance under the stars, and embrace nature.
For more details about the week, check out the official video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqd59OVzQAU
When: 22 to 25 September 2017
Where: Terra-Khaya Backpackers, Hogsback
More information: www.facebook.com/events/634818163373572
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