Saving water by planting drought-tolerant indigenous trees

Houghton Golf Club

South Africa

Written by: John Kemp

The Highveld (Gauteng area) is a typical grassland system consisting of very few trees other than those introduced to the urban environment. It is estimated that your average blue gum Eucalyptus sp. will use up to 200l of water per day! With close to 1500 blue gum trees on our course the water consumption over a growing season accounts for 15 600 000 litres annually.

We are undertaking a programme of replacement of these exotic trees on the course with drought-tolerant indigenous species as an ongoing long-term commitment to sustain our course going into the future.

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