Oaks – our cultural heritage

Oaks, Main Street

Oaks, Main Street

This time of the year Paarl’s oaks become prone to fungal diseases, and without fail the debate of replacing Paarl’s iconic oaks begins. Oaks are vilified for not being indigenous, for having branches that break off, andOaks may not be indigenous to the Cape, but they are certainly part of our cultural landscape, and have been so for more than three hundred years.

Timber played an important role in those early economies. Trees provided wood for construction, and carpenters used wood to make doors, windows, furniture and to build wagons. Every household needed wood for cooking fires and to warm houses in winter. At the Cape, timber was also used to repair ships during their stopover between the East Indies and Europe. Continue reading

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