CapeNature and Just Trees are trying to restore the Cederberg range’s cedar groves to their former glory HIGH up in the Western Cape’s Cederberg range, The Guardian stands sentry above the babies.The 500-year-old tree with the impressive name is one of "just a handful" of the indigenous, naturally borer-resistant trees left after overly enthusiastic harvesting.Now a collaboration between CapeNature and Just Trees, a wholesale nursery established by Carl Pretorius, who also founded Red Espresso, is trying to restore the mountain range’s cedar groves to their former glory. CapeNature is also being helped in this endeavour by the Bushmanskloof resort and by Spar."It’s the fifth year now," says Pretorius. "Seeing how the ones we planted in 2010 have grown is our payment — they are about 1,5m tall now."Of 1 200 that Just Trees has planted over the five years, 40% have survived, which Pretorius believes is a good survival rate "out in nature with no irrigation and all exposed to animals a...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now