City Parks and Zoo hits the ground running with its accelerated tree planting programme to grow Joburg’s Urban Forest

12 February 2020

On the heels of the third successful mega blitz clean-up in Eldorado Park last week, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) is hitting the ground running in preparation for another accelerated campaign, to plant 1000 indigenous trees in the newly developed residential areas of Country View and in Noordwyk in Midrand.

The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Councillor Margaret Arnolds will start the day bright and early on Saturday, 15 February 2020 together with 185 JCPZ staff and about 80 community members for the countdown to the mega-tree planting initiative.

Working teams will be briefed at 08h30 before being deployed to the seven designated quadrants to plant trees along Lever Road.

Growing the city’s ageing tree canopy to address trees that are being lost due to urbanization; inclement weather; attacks by the Polyphagus Shothole Borer (PSHB) and due to natural attrition is critical for cities to build a healthy environment.

“Many of Joburg’s ageing trees are reaching their full life expectancy and have become more vulnerable to opportunistic diseases. This amplifies the critical need to plant trees, today for a healthy future,” stated the MMC for Community Development, Councillor Margaret Arnolds.

Residents are urged where possible to plant trees as well, take care and protect existing trees and to only remove dead trees. Enquiries with regard to tree planting and the maintenance of trees can be directed to