History: (a) Oak Trees
Historical castles, churches, mansions and areas are important objects of our heritage, but very often objects of great cultural and architectural value, which form part of our heritage, are found in an old neighbourhood or in an old street. Because of the rebuilding and expansion of our towns and cities, the preservation of such places has become essential. As a result of the action taken by the Municipality, the Historical Monuments Commission and the Historical Homes of South Africa Ltd., a deter mined effort is being made at Stellenbosch to preserve the picture of Dorp Street as our ancestors knew it.
Dorp Street is the old wagon road to Cape Town and, just like three centuries ago, visitors still enter the town along the same road. Thus the old street rightly serves as an introduction to the Town of Oaks, for on both sides of the street one sees the beautiful, shady and gnarled old oak-trees of which the biggest old giants probably date back to 1760. The age of the others dates back to the year 1812. The increase in modern traffic which makes the widening of the streets essential, has threatened the
life of these trees, but with the cordial co-operation of the Municipality the trees in Dorp Street, between the railway line and Pastorie Street and those in the Avenue between Pastorie and Van Riebeeck Streets, have been proclaimed historical monuments. However, a new danger ""leaf- blight"" now threatens these ancient trees.
In 1968 the oak trees in the following streets were also proclaimed historical monuments: Pastorie, Church, Drostdy, Van Ryneveld, Crozier, Andringa, Bird and Van Riebeeck Streets.
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