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The Harare branch of the Society has three regular outings each month. Visitors intending to come to any of these should check with the Secretary that they are in fact taking place and obtain further details.

The main outing usually takes place on the third Sunday of each month. It is an all-day outing to an interesting place for trees, generally within about a 150 kms radius of Harare. The outing takes the form of an informal, guided walk, usually led by a member of the Society, in which the trees found are identified, discussed and recorded.

In May, this outing is replaced by the Annual General meeting which is usually held at a venue close to Harare. In December, a Christmas Social usually takes place on the first Sunday of each month.

The next regular outing is a walk in the National Botanic Gardens Harare. This is usually at 5 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, but in the winter months (May through to September) it is moved to 11 am on the morning of the first Saturday. Dr Tom Müller, who was for many years Head of the Botanic Gardens, usually leads these walks. These walks enable members to study particular families or genera and make use of the extensive collections of indigenous trees built up over many years by Dr Müller.

Finally, an outing takes place at 2.30 pm in the afternoon of the fourth Saturday. This is usually a local walk, close to Harare. Although trees are not neglected, the emphasis is on examining and naming the flora as a whole, including the herbaceous flora. Mark Hyde leads this walk.


Normally an outing takes place on the second Sunday of the month, but can be less regular. They are generally within a 50-100 km radius of Bulawayo. For details of events run by the Bulawayo branch, contact Jonathan Timberlake at

In addition to the regular pattern of meetings, longer trips are arranged 2-3 times a year to places further afield within Zimbabwe. In recent years, such visits have taken place to the Bubi River, Honde Valley, Odzi, Umzingwane, Tuli Circle, the Vumba and many other places.

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