Mopane tree. Photo ©Ron Swilling – Main photo
The annual Tree Award 2014 was hosted this week. The award is a Botanical Society of Namibia award and it honours individuals and institutions for their efforts to preserve indigenous trees, or those who plant indigenous trees.
Herewith the recipients:
Recipients of the Tree Award 2014 at the annual Botanical Society Tree Award event where individuals or institutions are honoured for their efforts to preserve indigenous trees or to plant indigenous trees.
From left to right:
Carol Steenkamp Botanical Society member responsible for Tree Awards
Koos Calitz (Project Engineer) who received the award on behalf of Swakop Uranium- Husab Project for making an effort to keep the maximum number of Acacia erioloba (Camelthorn) and Faidherbia albida (Ana) trees during the construction of the approach road into and out of the Khan River. These efforts included a detailed photographic survey of all trees and other important species and the re- routing of the road where feasible to avoid disturbance. [ The importance of these trees was originally highlighted by Norman Green and John Kinahan who initiated carbon dating of Acacia erioloba tree cores in the area and determined the age of some of these trees to be over 900 years, making them the oldest dated living organisms in Namibia. These trees will provide valuable insight into climate records for the central Namib].
Mr. JJ Kasupi (Community Development , Public Relations and Corporate Communications Officer, Rehoboth Municipality) and Mr. J Ockhuizen (Local Economic Development Officer, Rehoboth Municipality) who received the award on behalf of Rehoboth Municipality for their efforts to preserve a large number of Camelthorn trees during the layout and formalisation of Block E (Extension 6) and Block G in Rehoboth.
Luise Hoffman member of the Botanical Society who handed over the Awards.
Diana Thompson, Chair of the Botanical Society who received the award on behalf of Kurt Schlenther for establishing an indigenous garden with more than 50 different species at his residence in Olympia. All trees were either grown from seed or from seedlings bought from the State Forestry nurseries. The garden was established between 1992-1997