September is Arbor Month in South Africa. This national campaign was initiated in the 70s to raise awareness about the importance of trees for the environment and to encourage the nation to plant more trees. In support of this important initiative Suncoast set up a pop-up indigenous nursery where guests could buy or donate plants for replanting.
Louise Howell, Suncoast’s Marketing Manager, said “Our pop-up nursery was very popular with our guests and the support given to the initiative was inspiring. Our guests certainly have green fingers and seemed to value the importance of using water wise, indigenous plants”.
Suncoast also donated more than 60 indigenous trees to Etshelihle Primary School located in Clermont. These trees, in time, will provide shade on the playground and other communal areas within the school. “The school is very grateful for the trees which will be appreciated for generations to come. Looking after the environment is very important to the school and Suncoast’s contribution will always be a reminder of this” said Principal, Londiwe Biyela.
The tree planting session was a community effort with teams from Suncoast, Vukukhanye, the Kandu Community Initiative, Servest and other local community organisations who joined together for a morning spent turning the soil and planting hope!