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.
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 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 environmental education to marginalised communities and create biodiversity corridors across urban landscapes.
We have been greening urban areas since 2010.
FYNBOS GARDENS PLANTED
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
2018 – 2022
Planting fynbos gardens and building outdoor classrooms at schools to reconnect people, plants and animals in Cape Town, South Africa.
FYNBOS CORRIDOR COLLABORATION
2018 – 2021
Developing a strategic plan for consolidated off-reserve fynbos restoration in Cape Town, South Africa.
MODDERFONTEIN URBAN FOREST
Planting an urban forest at the Modderfontein Nature Reserve in Johannesburg, South Africa.
TREES FOR CAPE TOWN
Planting trees to transform under-greened community spaces in Cape Town and surrounding areas in South Africa.
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.