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 morning : We will look at some mahoganies and whatever else looks interesting. Join us for a 1.5 hour walk, we will start at 08:30am from the usual place – the car park.
Sunday 21st July 2019: Visit to Summer Island in Goromonzi
Directions: Turn left onto Goromonzi Road once you have passed the Ruwa Shops on the Mutare Road. About 6 km down, there is a dirt road to the right which is the Mashonganyika Road but is not sign posted. Go down for 1.5 km and the farm is on the right hand side, look for a marker (could be a sack) indicating the property.
For those wanting to share transport, meet in the carpark of the Mukuvisi Woodlands at 8.30am, to leave at 8.45am.
Saturday Afternoon – July 27th: Dandaro. We will look at many planted trees in this complex, there are exotic and indigenous trees.
Directions: Turn into the Dandaro Complex from the Borrowdale Road. Enter the complex and after you pass the restaurant on the right and duck pond on the left, park on the right hand side. That is where we will begin botanising as from 2:30pm.
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.
22nd June 2019 Saturday Afternoon at 2:30pm Greystone Park Nature Preserve.
Directions: On Harare Drive, turn into Gaydon Road off the new traffic circle. The road will descend then will curve to the left and go over a hill. Before reaching the bottom of the next valley, turn right into Halford Road – the park is on the left.
16th June 2019 Sunday morning – Ewanrigg Botanical Garden.
Directions: Take the Enterprise Road out of town, turn left onto the Shamva Road just after the tollgate. After travelling 15.4 Kms on the Shamva Road, turn right onto the Harold Christian road. The Ewanrigg Botanical Garden is on the right 2.4 Kms down this dirt road. After paying an entry fee, turn right and park on the right hand side at the far end of the car park. We will begin botanising at 9:45 am.
Recent outings reports are all covered in our newsletter – Tree Life.