Group Planting Days

Fund a 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 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 plants, and have fun doing it!

BOS and Billabong 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 towards our Urban Greening Programme. This is broken down into 3 parts:

1. Monitoring & Education Donation (R6500 per site): When you fund a planting day you are also funding a 2-year monitoring and education programme for your beneficiary site to help ensure that your trees and plants stay healthy for years to come. The planting day is just the beginning of a journey Greenpop embarks on with the beneficiary site. Your funds help us to visit sites regularly to give tree care support and log important monitoring information as well as run practical and inspiring eco workshops both at the sites and at our Eco-education Hub in Woodstock.

2. Planting Day Donation (based on the size of your group): This portion of your donation goes towards the planting materials (trees, plants, compost, mulch, stakes, and tools), other planting day costs (like fuel, vehicle costs, printing, phone calls), and the time it takes for our team to plan the planting day beforehand. As the costs to Greenpop differ for each planting day, we have taken an average and ask for R3000 for a small planting day (5 to 10 people will be matched to a suitably sized site), R4500 for a medium planting day (11 to 20 people), and R6000 for a regular planting day (21 to 30 people – this size group can green a larger area).

3. Facilitation Donation (based on the size of your group): The facilitation donation goes towards our expert facilitation on the planting day, snacks for your volunteers and the participating local community members, a certificate with GPS coordinates of your site, as well as bamboo tree rings for each attendee to commemorate the plant day. We ask for R1500 for groups of 5 to 10 people, R3000 for groups of 11 to 20 people, and R4500 for groups of 21 to 30 people. 

Therefore, the required donation amounts are:

Groups of 5 to 10 people:
R6500 (monitoring & education donation) + R3000 (small planting day) + R1500 (facilitation donation) = R11000

Groups of 11 to 20 people:
R6500 (monitoring & education donation) + R4500 (medium planting day) + R3000 (facilitation donation) = R14000

Groups of 21 to 30 people:
R6500 (monitoring & education donation) + R6000 (regular planting day) + R4500 (facilitation donation) = R17000

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. Please see our Section 18A terms and conditions here. 

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

SED POINTS

Greenpop 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 our 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 11000 to cover the various elements of the Urban Greening Programme. See Required Donation section above for a breakdown.

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

We can generally accommodate a maximum of 30 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 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 (ideally more where possible). 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 try to plant an amount of trees (and plants) that suits the site and that they are able to care for effectively with limited resources. For this reason, we prefer not to let groups determine the tree numbers but rather work according to what is best for the beneficiary site. For a small plant day (5 to 10 people), we will match you with a small site and could plant between 10 and 15 trees. For a medium plant day (11 to 20 people), we will try match you with a medium site and could plant between 15 and 20 trees. For a regular plant day (21 to 30 people), we will try match you with a larger site and could plant up to 30 trees.

What does my donation fund?

Your donation is broken down into 3 parts:

  1. Monitoring & Education Donation (R6500 per site): When you fund a planting day you are also funding a 2-year monitoring and education programme for your beneficiary site to help ensure that your trees stay healthy for years to come. The planting day is just the beginning of a jorney that Greenpop embarks on with the site. Your funds help us to visit sites regularly to give tree care support and log important monitoring information as well as run practical and inspiring eco workshops both at the sites and at our Eco-education Hub in Woodstock.
  2. Planting Day Donation (based on the size of your group): This portion of your donation goes towards the planting materials (trees, plants, compost, mulch, stakes, and tools), other planting day costs (like fuel, vehicle costs, printing, phone calls), and the time it takes for our team to plan the planting day beforehand. As the costs to Greenpop differ for each planting day, we have taken an average and ask for R3000 for a small planting day (5 to 10 people will be matched with a suitably sized site), R4500 for a medium planting day (11 to 20 people), and R6000 for a regular planting day (21 to 30 people – this size group can green a larger area). 
  3. Facilitation Donation (based on the size of your group): The facilitation donation goes towards our expert facilitation on the planting day, snacks for your volunteers and the participating local community members, a certificate with GPS coordinates of your site, as well as bamboo tree rings for each attendee to commemorate the plant day. We ask for R1500 for groups of 5 to 10 people, R3000 for groups of 11 to 20 people, and R4500 for groups of 21 to 30 people. 
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. Please see our Section 18A terms and conditions here

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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