Trees down – let’s bring back the shade

Much of that lovely shade in the picnic areas of the Nature Reserve has gone, lost in the big storm. The Friends have made an urgent appeal for donations to their tree fund to allow new large trees to be bought and planted before the summer. Please see this extract from our newsletter with banking details at the bottom.


We need your help

Wednesday 7 June 2017 will be remembered for many years to come as The Big Storm. Rain and wind lashed the Cape and the Helderberg Nature Reserve was not spared the devastation. During the night the strong winds wreaked havoc in the picnic area. The top site was worst hit where two large oak trees were severely damaged. Reserve staff spent a few days cutting up the fallen branches and removing the remainder of the splintered trunks.


Replacing the trees

Over the years the oak trees have provided much needed shade, especially in the hot summer months and will need to be replaced as soon as possible. The City has approved the purchase of some large established indigenous trees, endemic to the area. Unfortunately these come a huge cost.


Tree Fund

Reserve Management and the Friends have therefore set up a Tree Fund for the purchase of such trees and we appeal to members and visitors to the reserve to support this initiative. Any amount, large or small, will be welcome. Donations can be made at the Visitor Centre or paid directly into the Friends bank account (details below).
This appeal is urgent as the trees will need to be planted by mid-August in order for the roots to become established before the summer months.
Should you require more information, do not hesitate to contact Reserve Management or the Visitor Centre.

Let’s make a difference

I trust that together we can make a difference and purchase as many trees as possible. Thank you for your support – until next time.
– Owen Wittridge

Bank details for donations to the Tree Fund

  • Bank: ABSA
  • A/c Name: Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve
  • A/c No: 9072029429
  • Branch: 632005
  • Reference: Your Friends membership number followed by Tree Fund
Trees down – let’s bring back the shade