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A competition to find a Champion Tree will be launched at the Tree Expo, which will also look at the importance of trees to the environment. Products and services will be on display.
PRESERVING trees and the environment is the focus of the annual national Tree Expo, taking place from 4 to 5 March at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort.


Tha baobabA competition to find a Champion Tree will be launched“Our focus of the year is to introduce people to the new ways of preserving the environment. We are targeting March because it is autumn which makes it a good season for planting trees,” said the project co-ordinator, Mitchell Spoodler.

The two-day expo will be hosted at the Nestle Education Centre.

“We [saw] a great response from last year’s Tree Expo and we are looking to broaden this event in an attempt to get more people to attend in the coming years.”

Landscape architects, contractors, golf course managers, town council parks departments, retails nurseries, estate managers, and corporate environmental managers are encouraged to attend.

The two-day event will raise awareness about the importance of trees and ways of preserving them. It is the second to take place in Johannesburg.

On Friday, the expo will start at 9am with talks on general tree preservation and the environment. There will be a workshop on new products to prevent pests.

Tree growers, service providers and suppliers will also share information with exhibitors and members of the community.

Guest speakers will make presentations on the importance of trees, among them plant taxonomy curator professor Braam van Wyk from the University of Pretoria.


Planting trees is a good way to preserve the environmentPlanting trees is a good way to preserve the environmentVan Wyk will be accompanied by students studying in the field, who will share their knowledge of ecology. People will be able will interact with the speakers, asking question on various topics discussed on the day.

There will also be representatives from the department of Agriculture and Forestry, who will facilitate talks about the environment in general.

On Saturday, the expo will start at 10am. Exhibitors will showcase their products – among them will be paintings.

Spoodler said a competition called Champion Tree that would run throughout the year, would also be launched. “We are looking for memorable trees and any kinds of trees that have a significant meaning,” he explained.

“Everyone who has these kinds of trees can also come through to the expo on Saturday.”

The competition winner would be announced at Arbour Day in September.

Spoodler said people were invited to display their items at the show. For more information about the registrations of exhibits, contact him on 011 884 0772 or Barry Gush on 084 554 2485. Entrance to the expo is free.

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