Tree city


by Samora Chapman

Trees are more resilient than concrete. They can live for thousands of years, while civilizations are built and crumble around them. Even in our modern cities trees find a way to survive, to creep into the cracks and send their roots deep into the earth in search of water.

Yes, humans often build around them, recognising what's sacred, but sometimes trees actually force their way into the man-made environment – a seed lodges in a drain pipe, a branch sends cracks through a wall, roots tear a black tar road asunder.

Trees paint the grey city green. They provide shade, oxygen and balance. Here are some of Durban's more unusual city trees...


*Images © Samora Chapman

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With the onset of what promises to be a cold winter, this photo provides a timely reminder of what happens to wattle trees when it snows. No! It’s not a good idea to plant wattle if snow is a possibility. The only thing you could use these broken trees for is firewood. The photo was taken near Weza a few years ago. Find out more about trees and snow... Link in bio. #trees #wood #forestry #timber #logging #forestryafrica #wattle #snow ...

Mulching of harvest residues is rapidly gaining ground in South African forestry, and is proving to be a game changer. Link in bio. Image courtesy of Savithi Mulching.

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