A conversation with the man who paints trees to combat bark stripping

Don Pinnock – 25 Feb 2024

In Newlands Forest on the slopes of Devil’s Peak you may notice trees with unobtrusive grey bark part of the way up. Enquiries led to a man who paints them.

Willem Boshoff is sitting under a turkey berry tree. He’s a tall man with a slightly greying beard, easy warmth and an infectious laugh. He loves this forest. As we talk, there’s the smell of brewing tea, which makes sense given all the tannin rotting on the forest floor…