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The Reforest Fest at Platbos Forest

For the third year running, Greenpop will be hosting The Reforest Fest in Platbos ForestThis year Greenpop plans to host two strong reforestation efforts during May and aims to plant 4000 trees. The ancient forest is situated near Stanford in the Overberg region, 1½ hours from Cape Town, see map HERE


The Greenpop Reforest Fest aims to protect and grow the ancient forest through two reforestation festivals, where tree-planting efforts are coupled with fun activities and opportunity for volunteers to experience and enjoy the forest.The festival is happening twice during May 2013.

The first is a FAMILY fest (weekend of 10th, 11th and 12th May),

The second is a FRIENDS fest (weekend of 17th, 18th & 19th May).

Tickets for the festivals are limited as it is an intimate affair – bookings can be made by filling in this online form available HERE.


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Invitation to Day of 1000 Trees this Saturday

It’s Heritage Day and National Braai Day on Saturday and we will be planting 1000 trees with 500 people in Manenberg. What better way to celebrate SA’s natural heritage as well as Arbour Month? Tree planters include community members, the Western Cape Human Settlements Minister, Bonginkosi Madikizela, government officials, Greenpop volunteers and keen planters. After planting 1000 trees at 17 different locations in the area, teams will come together to enjoy some great music and a braai at Proudly Manenberg.

Please call Lauren on 083 412 8006 or 021 461 9265 for more details, photographs or to arrange to speak with various people at the event. Also, please see the press release attached and below for further information about the importance of this day.

Why Manenberg?

Manenberg is an under-greened and under-privileged area on the Cape Flats that has a high crime, gangsterism and drug abuse. Despite these issues, Manenberg is a community of possibility. Organisations, community members, schools, learners and teachers have come together in Manenberg to improve their areas, take pride in their community and celebrate the incredible possibility that exists. Proudly Manenberg is an organisation doing amazing work in the area. Their vision is to build a vibrant, proud and dignified Manenberg through creating opportunities.


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We’re planting 1000 trees in one day this month

Please help us push this major tree drive and cool competition on your station, online, in the news – anywhere! We would greatly appreciate your help to spread the word and help us raise 1000 trees by 24 September. Details below:

Day of 1000 Trees – 24 September 2011 (Heritage day) Help Greenpop raise 1000 trees by 24 September for Heritage Day. We’ll be planting 1000 trees in 1 day in Manenberg with community members, teachers, school children, police and volunteers. Give a tree and WIN!!!

When you gift a tree for Day of 1000 Trees, you stand in line to win a 2-night stay for 2 people at Umlani Bushcamp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga to the value of R11 980 all inclusive (meals, game drives, game walks).

We’ve done it before. Help us do it again by giving trees HERE.




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Planting trees for Mandela Day (Cape Town)

Looks as though there are a few groups planting trees for Mandela Day. Greenpop are doing it in Cape Town. Good way to spend it I would say…

This Sunday 17 July, volunteers with green fingers are expected to gather at 11:00 a.m. at Rocklands Primary School in Mitchell’s Plain to plant a variety of indigenous and fruit trees in celebration of Mandela Day, which is the following day.

For 67 minutes, these volunteers will plant much-needed trees, symbolically paying tribute to the 67 years that Madiba spent working towards making South Africa a better place. The aim is to try plant 93 trees or more in this time – one for each year of Nelson Mandela’s inspiring life.

More details here. If you’d like to come along and join this celebration, please contact Misha on 076 848 7514 or email

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Greening Cape Town with Greenpop

I was recently made aware of a new initiative, “Greenpop”, that aims “to contribute to the underprivileged (and ‘under-greened’) communities of Cape Town in a tangible, innovative and sustainable way.” It is arbor month in September and the project plans to plant 1000 trees at development project and community organisation sites, and at underprivileged schools with across Cape Town. Greenpop says, “They must want, need and be able to maintain the trees we donate and plant. So far we have engaged with ten schools in Kayelitsha, Retreat and Lavender Hill and they are desperate for trees in order to green the spaces they occupy. All over the world, cases have shown how trees and green landscapes can lead to a heightened pride of place and sense of belonging, increased levels of happiness, increased social cohesion (as green spaces are often shared for recreational purposes), better interaction with the environment, and even decreased levels of crime. What’s more is that by donating a tree you can take a (little) step to offsetting your carbon footprint.”

Go to to find out more. You can donate a tree on the site for R50!  You can also sign up to help our growing team of volunteers’ actually plant the trees donated.