In South Africa, as in many nations around the world, urban tree cover tends to be a marker of socio-economic inequality. Here there is a huge disparity between ʻleafyʼ privileged areas and ‘barren’ under-privileged areas.

To address this challenge, Greenpop started the Cape Town Urban Greening Programme (CTUGP) in 2010. This is Greenpop’s longest running project and it sits at the core of what we do. Through this programme, we have planted and monitored thousands of indigenous and fruit trees and at schools, clinics, houses of worship and community organisations on the Cape Flats.

This programme operates through a series of planting days funded by various corporate sponsors. These days see Greenpop staff coming together with community members and sponsor groups to plant trees, green the beneficiary site and learn about environmental action. The 4-hour workshop includes discussions around key topics including climate change, food security, biodiversity and water conservation.

To help ensure that the trees survive after the planting day, our beneficiary sites are monitored once every six months for two years. The data collected helps us better understand the beneficiary’s needs, and gives us a good indication of our impact. Beneficiaries are invited to biannual skills development workshops geared to improve indigenous plant and tree care knowledge as well as environmental action and materials that can be easily integrated into the South African school curriculum.


Cape Town Urban Greening Programme




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

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