We’re building the largest labyrinth in the world made from 90 000 mother-stock Spekboom trees and 630 000 clippings
This global landmark will serve as a living monument to environmental preservation on our planet.
Our Campaign Message
Be mindful of your carbon footprint
Spekboom is a succulent tree native to South Africa. They reach between 2m and 5m tall & live to be 200 years old. Spekboom are 10 times more effective at reducing carbon than tropical rainforest trees. One mature Spekboom can remove 8.5kg of CO² per year. They can survive frost, fire, and drought, and they are very easy to propagate.
Fighting Climate Change & Poverty
Social entrepreneur and environmental activist, Peter Shrimpton, learned about the extraordinary ability of Spekboom to sequester carbon from the atmosphere and how easy it is to propagate. Pursuing his passion to lift people out of poverty and preserve the environment, he established a social enterprise called Wonder Plant that enables people from previously disadvantaged communities to earn sustainable livelihoods by running small scale Spekboom nurseries. The project quickly grew into the largest Spekboom nursery on the African continent.
The 90,000 trees that will be used to create The Great Labyrinth of Africa have been grown by the
"Tree-preneurs" in Wonder Plant's entrepreneur development program.
Planting Spekboom trees 25cm apart creates a beautiful, natural, evergreen hedge.
We'll plant 4 mother-stock trees in every metre in the Great Labyrinth, and then propagate and plant 7 clippings to create hedges that are 2 meters wide. We expect to plant 720,000 Spekboom in the Great Labyrinth and an additional 280,000 trees in and around the premises. Within a few years, the lanes in our labyrinth and aligning the perimeter, driveway and pathways will be impenetrable, ever-green, manicured and sculpted hedges. The clippings from trimming these hedges will be used to propagate more Spekboom trees, which will be sold to make the project sustainable in the long term.
The magnificent Stellenbosch Bridge Smart City development will host the Great Labyrinth of Africa. Set in the heart of the Stellenbosch agricultural belt, this prime location is just 20 minutes from the airport, 30 minutes from Cape Town and 10 minutes from Paarl. It offers easy access from the N1 and N2, and is minutes away from the nearest train station. The uninterrupted views of Table Mountain and Stellenbosch valleys are something to behold.
Why a Labyrinth?
A labyrinth is a pattern of pathways that weave in a circle around a central point. You walk through the pathways to get to the center. A labyrinth is not a maze. There is only one way in and one way out, so you don't need to think about where you're going.
Labyrinths are powerful landmarks that intrigue and fascinate people from all walks of life throughout the world. They've got ancient roots. They’re found on Greek pottery, on Spanish petroglyphs, rock carvings, and on the floors of medieval cathedrals in Europe. Today, there is a global revival of labyrinths and tourists flock to see and experience them.
Labyrinths promote contemplation, meditation, introspection, intention and mindfulness.
Location where the Great Labyrinth is being built
Bring home the message of environmental preservation
Our Great Labyrinth is a fantastic way for your family name to be remembered for all time.
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