Group Planting Days

Fund a tree planting project and bring your team, class or group out to get their hands dirty in an under-greened community!

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Get your hands dirty!

By funding a tree planting day with Greenpop at an under-greened school, church or community space, you can help uplift communities across Cape Town.

We’ll pair your team up with a pre-assessed beneficiary and hand-in-hand with local children and volunteers, you’ll learn about the environment, plant trees and have fun doing it!

BOS and Billabong tree planting day at Pelican Park High School.

Benefits of planting trees.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Put simply, trees promote life. Not only do trees produce oxygen and sequester carbon dioxide, they also provide homes for animals, recharge groundwater, replace soil nitrates, prevent erosion, remove air pollution and more.

SOCIAL

In South Africa, there is huge disparity between ‘leafy’ privileged areas and ‘barren’ under-privileged areas. Urban greening improves pride of place in communities, has even been linked to reductions crime, drug abuse and stress.

ECONOMIC

Money does grow on trees! Fruit and olive trees can provide produce that can be used in feeding schemes. Indigenous trees increase property values and can provide natural air conditioning for homes and classrooms.

SYMBOLIC

Planting a tree is an incredible symbol of hope. It symbolises a belief in the future – of our communities and our planet. It brings people together – with each other and Mother Nature. It is a living, breathing gift to the generations to come.

Keen? Here are all the important details:

In order to run a memorable and impactful planting day for your group, Greenpop requires a donation which is broken down into 3 parts:

1. Site Donation (R2500 per site): When you fund a planting day you are also funding a 2-year monitoring and evaluation programme for your beneficiary site to help ensure that your trees stay healthy for years to come.

2. Facilitation Donation (R150 per volunteer): Because Greenpop is a non-profit organisation, we must ask that our donors contribute towards the costs of running the planting day experience for your group. The per volunteer donation covers our expert coordination and facilitation of the day, snacks for your volunteers and the participating local community members, a certificate with GPS coordinates of your trees, as well as bamboo tree rings for each attendee to commemorate the plant day. As the costs to Greenpop differ for each planting day, we have taken an average and now ask for a R150 donation per volunteer to fund this experience.

3. Tree Donation (R120 per tree): The tree donation portion of your donation goes directly towards covering the costs of an indigenous tree, compost, mulch, stakes, and tools used to plant the tree at the beneficiary site.

Therefore, if you would like to bring a group of 10 people on a planting day and plant 10 trees the required donation for the day would be: R2500 (site donation) + R1500 (volunteer donation x 10) + R1200 (tree donation x 10) = R5200

Our planting day experiences generally last between 3 and 4 hours and adhere to the following timeline:

  • 9:00am: Arrive at your beneficiary site for a warm welcome and introduction.
  • 9:30am: Play educational / ice-breaker games with the local community members.
  • 10:00am: Learn how to plant a tree – the Greenpop way!
  • 10:30am: Plant your trees!
  • 12:30pm: Finish up planting, take a group photo and say goodbye.

 

TAX DEDUCTION

The Greenpop Foundation is a registered non-profit (NPO) and public benefit organisation (PBO) that issues donation receipts and a Section 18A Certificate at the end of the tax year to be used in your tax returns.

  • SARS PBO Number: 930050622
  • Social Development NPO Number: 151-411 NPO

SED POINTS

Greenpop has more than 75% black beneficiaries and is verified as a Socio Economic Development Beneficiary with contribution recognition of 100%. A company can thus claim the full value of their contributions to Socio-Economic Development (SED) spend for funding the Urban Greening Programme.

What our beneficiaries are saying…

“This is a great learning experience for the children. They will learn something today that they will never forget; it is the lessons outside the classroom that stay with you. The children will leave a legacy at this school that they will tell their friends and children about.”

JEROME AMERICA, VICE-PRINCIPAL, THE HAGUE PRIMARY

 

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What our donors are saying…

“Thanks for an informative, interactive and meaningful experience! And for the great connections made… Something both the youngsters and adults will remember!”

TSHIAMO, EMERGENT ENERGY

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum number of people I can bring on my planting day?

There is no minimum number. However, Greenpop requires a minimum donation of ZAR 1500 to cover facilitation of the planting day. This amount covers facilitation for up to 10 people. Any additional people attending require a donation of ZAR 150 per person. 

What is the maximum number of people I can bring on my planting day?

We can generally accommodate a maximum of 40 people at one planting site. However, if you have a larger group we would be happy to organise planting days at multiple sites. 

Can I select a location for my planting day?

Our team uses careful discretion when choosing the sites where we plant trees so, unfortunately, we cannot always accept requests for planting days to take place at specific sites. However, if you have a particular under-greened neighbourhood in mind for your planting day, please do let us know and we will do our best to find a suitable site in that area. If you would like to suggest a specific school or community space to be added to our programme you can do so here.

How far in advance should I book my planting day?

The Greenpop team requires at least 2 weeks to plan a planting day. Please keep this in mind when selecting your ideal date.

How is the local community engaged during a planting day?

During our planting days, we try to ensure that there are an equal number of volunteers and local community members in attendance. This ensures that there is an opportunity for meaningful engagement from both sides throughout the day. 

How many trees can we plant at one site?

We generally recommend planting about 20 trees at each site. This seems to be the ideal number in terms of optimal tree survival. However, we also have some sites that can accommodate more or fewer trees and can make suggestions based on the needs of your group. 

What does my donation fund?

Your donation is broken down into 3 parts:

  1. Site Donation (R2500 per site): When you fund a planting day you are also funding a 2-year monitoring and evaluation programme for your beneficiary site to help ensure that your trees stay healthy for years to come. 
  2. Facilitation Donation (R150 per volunteer): Because Greenpop is a non-profit organisation, we must ask that our donors contribute towards the costs of running the planting day experience for your group. The per volunteer donation covers our expert coordination and facilitation of the day, snacks for your volunteers and the participating local community members, a certificate with GPS coordinates of your trees, as well as bamboo tree rings for each attendee to commemorate the plant day. As the costs to Greenpop differ for each planting day, we have taken an average and now ask for a R150 donation per volunteer to fund this experience. 
  3. Tree Donation (R120 per tree): The tree donation portion of your donation goes directly towards covering the costs of an indigenous tree, compost, mulch, stakes, and tools used to plant the tree at the beneficiary site.
Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. Greenpop Foundation is a non-profit (NPO) and public benefit organisation (PBO) that can issue a section 18A certificate at the end of the tax year to be used in your tax returns.

Want to learn more?

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Greenpop Foundation NPC is a registered non-profit organisation. Registration Number (NPO): 151-411 NPO. 

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