With Sappi’s support, 40,000 Pepper Bark trees have been distributed to communities free of charge.
The Sappi Shaw Forestry Research Centre has been instrumental in developing new methods to secure better germination and propagation of the Pepper-bark tree. Traditional healers and community representatives have attended workshops on planting, tending and sustainable harvesting from the trees. Due to the success of the programme, the South African government has asked Sappi to consider adopting further endangered species to re-establish with similiar methods.
Beyond South Africa in Swaziland, we provided trees to the eSwatini Traditional Healers Association and delivered seeds to Zimbabwe in partnership with Botanic Gardens Conservation International.