30 more sleeps until the Hogsback Festival of Trees…
By Alice Beckett
This year, the three day Hogsback Festival of Trees will cast a green misty magical spell over all who visit once again. Your days will be filled with tree planting, live music, eco-workshops, yoga, meditation, discussion groups, upcycled art sessions and share fair… your treevolution starts now!
Every year we take Hogsback by green-fingered storm and plant thousands of trees across the Amathole Mountain range. We would like to invite your to join us for this inspiring experience which allows us all to (re)connect with nature, each other and ourselves.
(Re)connect with your family.
Photograph by Kate Janse Van Rensburg
We are collaborating with Terra-Khaya, an eco-backpackers to bring you the ultimate camping experience and celebration of off the grid living. The beautiful site is set high in the Amathole Mountains, the water is sourced from the stream and heating and cooking is wood-powered; what better way to (re)connect yourself to nature?
“If you are super lucky you might see the endemic Cape Parrot high up in the Yellowwood trees cracking fruit kernels and hard nuts with its large beak.”
So why Hogsback you may ask? Well, this specific region is considered to be a biodiversity hotspot and home to a host of incredible plant and animal species. However, over the years the predominance of the invasive plants such as the Black Wattle, Pine and Blackwood has increased and resulted in the reduction of indigenous habitat. The aim of the Hogsback Festival of Trees is to restore a large swathe of indigenous forest. As such, our work in this area follows an alternative approach to alien vegetation management and land restoration which calls for a ‘thinning’ of alien trees followed by a dense tree planting. This method allows us to reestablish vital waterways as well as appropriate conditions for natural vegetation to regenerate.
When you are finished planting baby trees, you might be interested in visiting Hogsback’s famous ‘Big Tree’. This giant Yellowwood stands at a towering 36.6 metres tall and is 800 years old! What better way to feel young than to stand under its branches? This tree is also home to many different species, including an abundance of birds such as the Narina Trogan, Orange Thrush and Bush Cap. And, if you are super lucky you might even see the endemic Cape Parrot high up in the Yellowwood trees cracking fruit kernels and hard nuts with its large beak.
Hug a tree.
Photographs by Kate Janse Van Rensburg & Francis Moult
If you are considering coming along to the Hogsback Festival of Trees but live a bit far away, why not turn your journey into a green road trip? Whether you are travelling from Cape Town or Johannesburg, driving to Hogsback with friends is sure to be a stunning adventure filled with incredible views and hidden gems. So, grab your mates and head over to Hogsback for the most magical green experience of the year!
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