Some of our members regularly use the Herbarium, for research but mainly to identify trees that have been seen on a tree outing. As a “thank you” to the Herbarium, which is located within the National Botanic Garden, the Tree Society of Zimbabwe has the premises fumigated twice a year. We thank Fumigation Services for carrying out the task at a much reduced fee as a “Community Service”.
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 and ends at 10.00am 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 can be 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. Although non-members are very welcome to attend any of the monthly outings, private gardens are reserved for members only.
Details of the outings for the month are emailed to members every month, which may be listed on our Facebook page and will be 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 – April 27th: For the first time we will visit Chapungu Sculpture Park within Doon Estate. Many trees there have been planted by Roy Guthrie over the last thirty years.
Directions: Coming from town on the Mutare Road, turn right at the last traffic lights into Felice Ave which becomes Harrow Road – Petrol station on left hand side and Bathroom Boutique on right hand side. Pass the Chapungu Sculpture Park entrance on the left side and turn into the Doon Estate entrance a bit further on. Follow the road all the way down to the bottom where it swings to the left. See you there at 2:30pm.
Saturday morning : We will look at trees in the Save-Limpopo Valley section. 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.
THIS EVENT WAS TO TAKE PLACE IN MARCH BUT WAS RAINED OUT, WE WILL NOW HAVE IT IN APRIL!
Sunday April 21st: We will be visiting Henry Hallam Dam also called Harava Dam. This is a really interesting venue with lots to see. It is also a very pretty venue. For those wanting to share lifts, meet at Mukuvisi car park for a 0900 take off.
Directions : We advise only high clearance vehicles. Proceed with care out on the Seke road past Coke Corner, past the bottom end of the runway of the airport on the left. Fairly soon after the runway there is a big sign which says JUNCTION 24 – an interesting fairly open area where one can buy goats and sheep. Immediately after the Junction 24 sign turn left onto a dirt road toward a small shopping centre called Panyoko Hideout and Miranda Nite Club, pass this centre and pay your $2 entrance fee at a small security hut and gate. Continue along this road for 2.9Kms to get to a place where there is a flat rock on your left and a clearing on the right. We will botanise there from 9.45am.
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.