Our team was eager and excited to leave the city and do what we love most – plant trees! Packed up and ready to hit the road we passed through the city and in a blink of an eye we entered the magical forest area at the Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat, near Gansbaai.
The Platbos Forest Reserve was Greenpop’s first forest restoration partner in the area. Over the last 10 years, 73,000 trees have been planted with the aim to restore degraded patches of the indigenous forest. This was our opportunity to celebrate the end of our active tree planting work at Platbos Forest as we branch out to a neighbouring site to partner with the Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat.
As a start to the partnership between Greenpop and Bodhi Khaya, over 1,900 trees were planted. We would like to thank custodians of the land, Georgina Hamilton and Glenn Leisching, the Bodhi Khaya team and our hardworking volunteers for helping us kick-start this project.
In addition we also hosted a group of 15 children from the Grootbos Football Foundation for a day of tree planting and environmental education. This was made possible by the generous support of Cape Nature. The children were educated on the importance of mulching for the endemic trees that they were about to plant. A small but fierce victory to have the youth be involved in reforesting and learning how to care for the earth. Maxine Valentine (a facilitator) encapsulated this very well when she said, “Because they (the children) are the future. We need to teach them how to take care of nature to sustain the future.”
Soaking up the last little bit of silence and sunshine we all departed with a sense of refreshment, strengthening us to be back in the bustling city. Even though we might not have the luxury now to enjoy the full extent of the trees that we planted today, knowing that we contributed to history and thousands of years of shelter, oxygen, and shade to come holds enough fulfillment to appreciate what will become.
Keen to get your hands dirty for the planet? Join us at our upcoming Eden Festival of Action.
A warm thank you to the following partners that supported our efforts this weekend and fueled all the hard working planters. You are TREEmendous!
Scientists have found that trees communicate in various ways, one of them being fascinating fungal networks below the earth.
For this year’s Women’s Day in South Africa, we want to introduce a woman in sustainability who inspires us daily. After earning a Master’s degree in Development Studies, she joined Greenpop in 2014. When she is not heading up programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa, you can find her spending time with her family, tending to her garden, practising Italian, and searching for the best pizza in the Mother City. Get to know Zoë Gauld-Angelucci!
World Environment Day is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and has been held annually since 1974. The goal of the day of action is to promote environmental awareness and draw attention to crucial concerns around our planet’s survival, that require active engagement and commitment. Today, the day represents one of the largest global platforms for environmental action, with millions of participants from around the world. Each World Environment Day focuses on a specific issue that reflects urgent problems and challenges of our time, such as climate change, biodiversity loss or pollution.
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