CAPE TOWN URBAN GREENING PROGRAMME
In South Africa, as in many nations around the world, urban green space 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 hundreds of trees and gardens at schools, clinics, houses of worship and community organisations on the Cape Flats.
Urban Tree Planting Programme (2010 – 2017)
From 2010 to 2017, Greenpop ran our Urban Tree Planting Programme. This programme operated through a series of planting days funded by various corporate sponsors. These days saw Greenpop staff coming together with community members and sponsor groups to plant trees, green the beneficiary site and learn about environmental action.
Fynbos for the Future (2018 – Present)
In response to Cape Town’s drought, in 2018 Greenpop shifted our focus to planting water-wise fynbos gardens. Today, our Fynbos for the Future programme aims to work with 10 under-greened schools in the Cape Town area to:
- Plant fynbos biodiversity gardens
- Increase urban ecosystems services
- Reconnect urban biodiversity corridors
- Instil a love for nature in learners
- Create empowered environmental stewards
- Promote water-wise practices
- Encourage active community engagement
The programme is in the process of being rolled out over 3 years, during which schools and learners will participate in eco-education workshops, field trips, and 6 fynbos garden planting days.
We encourage corporate groups to get involved in sponsoring this programme and bringing their teams to get their hands dirty!
Greenpop Foundation NPC is a registered non-profit organisation. Registration Number (NPO): 151-411 NPO.