Grow Spekboom as a symbol of your Spiritual Life


Bishop Joshua Louw has launched a Spekboom project as a symbol of spiritual growth for confirmation candidates.

Each candidate is given a spekboom cutting which is then blessed. The spekboom remind the candidates that just as they need to be watered and cared for, so does our spiritual growth. We cannot grow if we don’t meet with other christians in worship and read our bibles and pray.

Spekboom is becoming known as the miracle plant! It  helps to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by acting like a carbon sponge, improving the quality of air we breathe. More specifically, spekboom can absorb between four to ten tonnes of carbon per hectare, using carbon to make plant tissue and produce oxygen. “This remarkable plant is unique in that it stores solar energy to perform photosynthesis at night. This makes a spekboom thicket 10 times more effective per hectare at carbon fixing than any tropical rainforest.” (Spekboom foundation)

It is also one of the easiest plants to grow because it doesn’t need formal planting. Simply break a piece off and stick it in the ground in an area that gets lots of sun. Spekboom also responds well to pruning and grows densely, making it an excellent, hardy hedge. In late winter and spring, this plant flowers bloom in beautiful pink. The flowers are rich in nectar, bringing beautiful birds to your garden.

So far, confirmation candidates from St Martins Bergvleit, St Saviours Claremont and St George’s Silvertown and St Johns Belgravia have received spekboom to plant at home or at church

The youth in this picture are from St Georges Silvertown.

A big thankyou to St Barnabas Church, through their cell groups have been growing spekboom and gave Green Anglicans almost 300 spekboom which are being donated to the church


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