URBAN GREENING

Increasing urban green space and nature appreciation in cities in Sub-Saharan Africa through indigenous gardening and environmental education.

Green urban spaces are an essential part of ecological and social well-being.

They regulate urban temperatures, improve air quality, reduce stormwater runoff, improve water and soil quality, reduce noise pollution, provide habitats for urban wildlife, help combat climate change, improve mental and physical health, provide spaces for recreation and spirituality, and increase urban residents’ sense of pride of place, community, and home.

In spite of these numerous benefits, many urban landscapes (particularly those in under-resourced communities) lack safe and beautiful public green spaces.

Urban Greening - Greenpop

Greening grey spaces.

Urban greening is at the heart of Greenpop’s programmatic work. In 2010, our first-ever project aimed to plant 1,000 trees in 1 month at under-greened schools in Cape Town. Since then, our urban greening work has spread across South Africa and Zambia and expanded from trees to also include indigenous and food gardens.

At Greenpop, we’re on a mission to inspire an urban future where abundant natural spaces are both accessible and co-managed by an active and inspired citizenry. We aim to provide green spaces and food gardens to marginalised communities and create biodiversity corridors across urban landscapes.

We have been greening urban areas since 2010.

Trees - Urban Greening - Greenpop

TREES PLANTED

Fynbos Gardens - Greenpop

FYNBOS GARDENS PLANTED

People Involved - Greenpop

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Greenpop urban greening

PEOPLE TRAINED IN FOOD GARDENING

Our projects

Fynbos for the Future - Urban Greening - Greenpop

GARDENS FOR GOOD

2023 – Present

Planting gardens, running engaging gardening days for corporates and communities, supporting teachers, and building the capacity of groundskeepers to increase green space in Cape Town, South Africa.

Fynbos for the Future - Urban Greening - Greenpop

FYNBOS FOR THE FUTURE

2018 – 2022

Planting fynbos gardens and building outdoor classrooms at schools to reconnect people, plants and animals in Cape Town, South Africa.

Fynbos for the Future - Urban Greening - Greenpop

FYNBOS CORRIDOR COLLABORATION

2018 – 2021

Developing a strategic plan for consolidated off-reserve fynbos restoration in Cape Town, South Africa.

Fynbos for the Future - Urban Greening - Greenpop

MODDERFONTEIN URBAN FOREST

2020

Planting an urban forest at the Modderfontein Nature Reserve in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Fynbos for the Future - Urban Greening - Greenpop

TREES FOR CAPE TOWN

2010-2017

Planting trees to transform under-greened community spaces in Cape Town and surrounding areas in South Africa.

Fynbos for the Future - Urban Greening - Greenpop

LIVINGSTONE SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES

2012 – 2017

Planting trees to transform under-greened community spaces in Livingstone, Zambia.

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