The Society has three regular outings each month where members and non-members are shown how to recognise the many different trees.
Visitors intending to come to any of these should check with the Secretary that they are in fact taking place and obtain further details.
The first outing is a walk in the National Botanic Gardens Harare. This usually starts at 8.30am on the first Saturday of each month. These walks enable members to study particular tree families or genera and make use of the extensive collections of indigenous trees.
The second outing usually takes place on the third Sunday of each month. It is an all-day outing to a place of interesting trees, generally within about a 150 km radius of Harare. The outing takes the form of an informal, guided walk, usually led by a member of the Society, in which the trees found are identified, discussed and recorded. Members bring chairs and their lunch so that they are able to enjoy the social aspect of the outing after the walk.
In May, this Third Sunday outing is replaced by the Annual General meeting which is usually held at a venue close to Harare. In December, a Christmas Social usually takes place on the first Sunday of the month.
Finally, the last outing of the month takes place at 2.30 pm in the afternoon of the fourth Saturday of the month. This is usually a local walk in a garden or park in and around Harare. Non-members are very welcome to attend any of the monthly outings.
Details of the outings for the month are emailed to members every month, as well as being listed on our Facebook page and in Tree Life, the Society’s newsletter that members receive every month. Please contact us if you would like to find out where we are meeting next.
Sometimes, once or even twice a year we have a week end outing to a place of interest. Normal monthly outings are for members and non-members, however these away outings are strictly for members.
Saturday Afternoon – February 23rd: We will visit another favourite spot of the Tree Society members and birders, Haka Game Park. Enter by the Cleveland Dam entrance We will meet at the 1st Picnic Site you come to at 1430 hours and from there we will decide where to botanize. A lot depends on the rains as to whether we can cross the little river. This is always a happy venue. Bring a thermos flask or cooler bag for after the walk.
I will try to get a reduction in the entrance fee for our members and you will be told in the notice just before the meeting.
Saturday morning : We will look at trees in the Medium Altitude Rain Forest. Join us for a 1.5 hour walk, we will start at 08:30am from the usual place – the car park.
Whilst non-members are very welcome to join us on afternoon or morning day outings, only members will be permitted to go on weekend outings.
All future outings are advertised in the latest Tree Life – the society’s newsletter.
Sunday morning – 17th February: We will be visiting a very favourite spot at the Botanic Gardens Extension at Christon Bank. Christon Bank is situated about 30 km north of Harare. It is an area of rocky hillsides and Brachystegia boehmii dominated woodland near the Mazowe River. Several properties were donated to the National Botanical Gardens in the seventies and have been maintained and protected under the name Mazowe Botanic Reserve. At this time of year there could be some interesting terrestrial orchids as well. It is a super place. Bring your chair, lunch, sun block and cooler bag and come for a really good day out. You do not have to be a member to join us for the day.
Directions: From town take the Golden Stairs/Mazowe Road, 5km after tollgate turn right into Christon Bank Road. Continue down this road, turning neither right nor left, until you get to the end of the tar. Park on the right under the trees. There will be a car guard provided so please also bring a small donation for him as well.
Those wanting to share or needing a lift meet at CABS at 0845 hours otherwise meet at Christon Bank at 0930hours
Saturday morning National Botanic Garden walk. This is a wonderful time of year in the Gardens. We will continue with figs as the main theme but if we come across anything interesting then we’ll have a look at it! Join us for a 1.5 hour walk, we will start at 08:30am from the usual place – the car park.
Recent outings reports are all covered in our newsletter – Tree Life.
No other activities are currently scheduled. Check your current copy of Tree Life for details of upcoming events.