Seen here:  Caron Douglas and Hans de Ridder from the FNB W2W Crèche Educational Initiative during a visit to the Kids Academy Crèch, one of the beneficiaries of the Initiative.  Photo Credit:  NEWSPORT MEDIA

Wood Southern Africa & Timber Times – 1 Oct 2017

W2W MTB riders help rebuild MTO’s Knysna Plantation Riders taking part in the 2017 FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike MTB Events helped to make a difference by adopting a tree through MTO in support of the FNB W2W Creche Educational Initiative. “MTO wanted to give back to its community while creating a unique experience,” says Lawrence Polkinghorne, MTO Group CEO. Riders adopted a tree for R50 at race pack collection and could choose the exact spot to plant their tree on a “virtual” interface. The interface showed riders the Knysna Plantation divided into blocks, including a block dedicated to W2W and they could choose a location within that block to plant the tree. “We lost a large part of our Knysna plantation during the June fires,” explains Polkinghorne. “We would like to invest The FNB W2W kids academy Creche in new and exciting trails on our Garden Route plantatior as part of the restoration programme.The idea is to creat some new single tracks that will take riders past the trees that they adopted. All proceeds raised will go towards the FNB W2W Creche Educational Initiative. We are really happy to be able to give back to the W2W communities. At the same time we will be able to restore MTO’s Knysna Plantations, creating something special for the Knysna community and their visitors to enjoy.” Starting in the winelands of Somerset West, riders crossed 13 wineries, 26 private farms, six mountains, historic roads and mountain passes, nature conservation areas including the Kogelberg Biosphere before finishing within sight of the famous whales of Hermanus.