Planting trees in Khayelitsha

“We had a great morning at Homba Primary in Khayelitsha where we planted the first of 50 trees,” said Karina Palmer, our marketing manager.

In honour of Arbour Month, AMERICAN shutters’ sponsored trees will be planted over the next few weeks at various primary schools in Khayelitsha by Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA), the first South African social enterprise with a strong focus on environmental and global warming education and awareness.

AMERICAN shutters staff planting trees in Khayelitsha in honour of Arbour month 2011.

AMERICAN shutters staff Homba Primary school principal, deputy principal and teachers. Back row Gemaine Jacobs (installations and after sales service manager), Duncan Snyman (general manager), Steve Palmer (managing director), and David Williams (factory manager). Front row Salma Bhula (senior sales administrator) with Desmond Winkworth (FTFA).

Steve and Karina Palmer, Duncan Snyman, Gemaine Jacobs, Salma Bhula and David Williams from our Cape Town office attended the tree planting ceremony held on Thursday, 29 September 2011.

The children of Homba Primary in Khayelitsha sang and danced beautifully at their tree planting day, 29 September 2011

“The children sang and danced beautifully in celebration,” said Karina “and then we all watched as Desmond Winkworth from FTFA gave us tree planting demonstration and highlighted ways to care for our environment while teaching us the correct way to plant a tree.”

Desmond from Food and Trees for Africa gave us a tree planting demonstration

Interestingly, studies documented by Parks and People have found that desk bound employees with views of nature had 23% less incidence of illness than those without views of nature and neighbourhoods with a high number of trees and greenery were found to have 52% fewer crimes than those without any trees.

Two beautiful faces at Homba Primary in Khayelitsha

We hope that the children of Homba Primary, and the surrounding community, will come to reap the benefits as AMERICAN shutters’ trees burrow their roots into the earth and stretch their branches towards to sun.

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3 responses to “Planting trees in Khayelitsha”

  1. Cath says:

    Lovely initiative! Well done AMERICAN shutters!

  2. Charla says:


  3. Thanks to American Shutters for their investment in a greener lower carbon future for all! Great tree day in Khayelitsha:)