2016 Jun: Baobab Guardians: our baobab babies are growing up!

This month I did our bi-annual measurement of the baobab guardians’ trees.  Two of the trees have already reached the 2 metre mark and being as short as I am,  I had to stand on two bricks to measure them!

We now have 18 trees with baobab guardians being sponsored by two companies: Bonga Foods and Sevenhills Wholefoods as well as some individuals.

The fastest grower in the last 6 months (since November 2015) was Miriam Mulaudzi’s tree which grew over 1 metre (101cm) and is sponsored by Sevenhills Wholefoods.

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The tallest tree is Selina Manovhele’s tree and has a height of 210cm already.  It was germinated in November 2014 and is also sponsored by Sevenhills Wholefoods.

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You’ll see that the late rains have meant that most of the trees have not yet lost their leaves for winter.

I’m so proud of the baobab guardians; they have to fend off goats who love eating baobab seedlings… and have to build the most ingenious structures around their trees to protect them – everything from bricks, thorny branches to pallisades made of sticks!

2016 06 - ingenious ways of keeping away livestock 700x239Baobab guardian Rebecca Nenzhelele, sponsored by Afka & Liesbeth, was initially shy about being photographed next to her healthy looking sapling!

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Our next measurement is in November 2016.

Exciting news is that I have received sponsorship for another 7 trees which we will plant in November when the rains begin. We’re half-way to achieving the vision of planting 50 strong new healthy baobab trees by 2017!

It costs just R1900 to sponsor one baobab tree over a 3 year period as it grows from seedling to a 3 metre sapling when it can survive on its own in the wild. The donor will receive 2 progress photos a year and measurements.  For more information, or to make a donation, please contact me, Sarah Venter here.

Thank you so much to our wonderful donors! Your contribution is helping to shape the African landscape for the future!

Related posts:

What is the baobab guardian’s programme?

Baobab Guardians: women planting baobabs for the future

From Seedling to Sapling: why sponsor a baobab guardian?

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