Owl Rescue Centre has been selling Spekboom to fund their rehabilitation projects and one donor got really creative with his large purchase.
North West, South Africa (14 February 2020) – The name Spekboom literally translates to ‘bacon tree’, but this lush, emerald succulent plant with juicy, round leaves and an unmistakable, lemony flavour is very far from bacon at all. It grows naturally in the Western Cape and very prolifically in the Eastern Cape, where it earned its other name, ‘elephant’s food’, due to its important place in the diet of elephants… the elephants of Addo Elephant Park have been known to eat up to 200kg of Spekboom per day!!!
But it’s real power lies in its ability to tackle carbon emissions.
Hectare for hectare, Spekboom thicket is ten times more effective than the Amazon rainforest at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
The Owl Rescue Centre started growing the wonder plant to sell to the public back in 2019. All the funds raised from the sale of the plants are being used to rescue and rehabilitate the owls at the centre. They always try to protect the environment when raising funds. Their famous owl boxes are made up of recycled plastic and now they are hoping to reduce air pollution using Spekboom. They also capture rodents humanely to prevent poisoning and to collect feed for their owls.
One generous donor, Ian Lyle, offered to buy 250 plants but he didn’t want them to be delivered. Instead, Ian asked that the Owl Rescue Centre keep them and plant one at each site they release an owl.
“I want to make a deal with you. I will buy 250 which you will plant. One at each site of the next 250 owls that you rescue. Deal?”
Ian inspired others and another woman committed to doing the very same in the following weeks.
What makes the organisations Spekbooms so great is that they are very affordable, are planted into wooden containers which are so good for the environment and all funds are used to care for owls. You can find out more here.