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2016 Oct: new jungle gym and toilets for pre-schools creches!

2016 Oct: new jungle gym and toilets for pre-schools creches!

Pre-school creches are sadly neglected in these rural areas of the Limpopo so it’s always great news when we receive donations for much needed equipment and facilities.

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World Water Day: when in drought, consult a baobab tree!

World Water Day: when in drought, consult a baobab tree!

As some of hardiest, long-lived trees around, Baobabs know how to make the most of scarce resources, especially water. On World Water Day, when we’re bringing awareness to one of our Earth’s most precious resources, what lessons can we learn from Baobabs?

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New Harvesting Season

New Harvesting Season

This week we had our first collection workshop for the year. It was a beautiful crisp winter morning. When we headed out it was very early and the dew still hung on the baobab leaves. Everybody was in high spirits for the start of the collection season. Baobab fruit have started to ripen and drop off […]

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Bowen Boshier

Bowen Boshier

THE BAOBAB TREE: INSPIRING FINE ART BOWEN BOSHIER is a wilderness pencil artist and has been exhibiting since 1990. His work is in a number of private and bank collections. His originals are sold through the Everard Read Gallery, and limited edition reproductions are in selected galleries across Southern Africa. He says: "I find that […]

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Beautiful Baobabs: one of the oldest living things in the world

Beautiful Baobabs: one of the oldest living things in the world

it's on the New York Best Seller List and has been described as a "Beautiful and powerful work at the intersection of fine art, science, and philosophy, spanning seven continents and exploring issues of deep time, permanence and impermanence, and the interconnectedness of life, Rachel Sussman has written a wonderful book "The Oldest Living Things in […]

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Brief Beauty

Brief Beauty

In contrast to the solid bulkiness of the tree, the Baobab’s flowers are delicate and fragile looking. The pendulous white flowers, centred with a soft brush of bright yellow pollen, bloom for just 24 hours before falling gracefully to the ground.  The waxy white flowers appear in spring or early summer. The buds start to […]

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Baobab Fruit Monitoring

Baobab Fruit Monitoring

Every year in February or March, I go out with a small team to do baobab fruit monitoring.  This is our 10th year!  It’s is a good time of year to do this because while most of the fruit have reached their full size, they have not matured (dried out) enough and have not yet fallen  off the […]

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Mandela: an icon of Africa for the world

Mandela: an icon of Africa for the world

Madiba's unmistakable stature as statesman, leader and human being made him visible in a way that made it possible for all to see. May his moral example be as long lived as the Baobab tree, may the memory of his wisdom serve, and be the same shade under which people have gathered in community for generations to draw inspiration for the way forward. […]

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Calling the community

Calling the community

I was visiting a village in Venda the other day and needed to talk to the community about when I would be collecting baobab fruit.  During the day people are scattered and busy with other chores so it’s difficult to get to speak to everybody at the same time.  The headman’s wife was so excited […]

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Baobab Fruitfulness

Baobab Fruitfulness

How old were your parents when you were born?  Not as old as the Baobab tree has to be before it's capable of bearing fruit. It can take a Baobab tree up to 200 years before it produces its first green-brown velvety pod-shaped fruit.  January is when Baobabs start to fruit and fruit production is highly variable between […]

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