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Joburg may be the largest man-made urban forest in the world

You might not know this but Johannesburg is the largest landlocked city in the entire world. Due to its rapid development and position in the middle of all the ‘rands’ there’s no in-land city that even compares to this place in size.

Sure there are bigger cities, but they are either coastal or built on a lake or river – so we’re paying special props to Joburg for now - widely regarded as the world’s largest man-made urban forest with more than 10 million trees, the belief that it is the largest man-made forest is a myth.

Though the trees of Johannesburg do not constitute a forest and the city may not be the largest man-made area of woodland in the world – the trees are a great asset that helps to give the city its character. Not only do they release carbon emissions, they considerably improve quality of life.

According to Africa Check, thanks to the millions of trees, Johannesburg can claim to be one of the most wooded cities in the world.

Writer Nechama Brodie who has done extensive work and research about the city argues that while Johannesburg may not be the “largest man-made forest in the world” it can still claim to be the “largest man-made urban forest”.

Since 2006, there has been a massive effort to extend this forest into Soweto through the Soweto Greening Project, which began that year with 6000 trees being planted. By 2010, more than 200 000 trees have been planted in Soweto.

“It is essential that we keep planting in tree-less urban and rural areas so that all South Africans feel the benefit of trees,” says Emily Jones, Trees and Carbon Manager at Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) - as they commemorate Arbor Month.

Visit trees.co.za and find out how you can contribute to planting your legacy.

Pic credit: South Africa Travel Online


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