Helping Turn Woodlane Village Green
Bosch Rexroth South Africa has again done its part in contributing to the communities where it has operations. Volunteers from the Group planted 110 trees on 8 hectares (80 000 m²) at Woodlane Village, adding colour and beauty to the Moreleta Park informal settlement.
On Saturday 7 March 2020, Bosch Rexroth employees, their families and several parents and their children from the village joined forces to complete the task. The approximately 60 volunteers, armed with their own digging tools and using the Bosch Rexroth South Africa-donated compost, completed this mammoth project in just under 3 hours.
“In addition to the health aspect of introducing trees into an area like this, there is also the emotional well-being that comes with it,” says Patricia Dodgen, Operations Supervisor, HSA. “By adding greenery and beauty to their community, we hope to give the residents a sense of pride in their surroundings. It also encourages a sense of responsibility among families by ensuring that their young trees are kept nurtured and healthy.”
The City of Tshwane donated all trees for this Bosch Rexroth initiative, which was done in collaboration with LIFT Community Development. “This was our first community project of this nature,” Patricia says. “It is a fantastic initiative and the children were all enthusiastic and helpful. Should the need arise in the future, we’ll definitely get involved again.”
LIFT Community Development runs the clinic that services the residents of Woodlane Village. It is a non-profit organisation founded in 2016 to build human dignity by creating jobs, teaching life skills, and assisting people with access to health and food security.