Learning about trees
On the 23rd May, I did a specific tree-id course with these 4 workers, at the Green Hub. The objectives and aims of this course were to identify some of the common trees that grow along the north-bank. It was also, to promote the understanding of tree, forest and riverine conservation. Specimens of certain trees had been collected, and with the aid of plant glossaries and a Wessa Share-Net Booklet, 'Trees of Umgeni Valley", the workers, including Bill and Thabo, began to identify the specimens. They handled this section extremely well. I also, gave them food-web diagrams, in order, to understand roles of living organisms, within this area. Then, to enhance observation techniques, they were required to write in their diaries, about various observations, that they saw on the river.
On the 30th May, each worker was given Wessa Tree Labels to put on trees, that they individually identified. Therefore, 9 more trees are now labelled on the river.
This learning curve for all involved, is an ongoing process.