Since 2011 Greenpop has endeavoured to assist the Platbos Conservation Trust in pushing back the alien plants and reinvigorating this ancient forest.
The Platbos Forest is not only Africa’s southernmost wooded area, but is also a habitat that boasts vegetation believed to be over 1000 years old. Located on the slopes of the Baviaanspoort Hills, this historic woodland is said to be a botanical mystery due to its location in unforgiving terrain typically unsuitable to trees and lush plant life. Even today, its existence still puzzles botanists.
You don’t have to be a tree hugger or an environmentalist to join the army of tree planters at the 2016 Greenpop Reforest Fest near Gansbaai. For the sixth year running, anyone with an interest in doing good and having fun is invited to come help stave off deforestation at the Platbos plantation from the 11-13th March 2016.
This time around, the initiative is set to help rehabilitate the forest after the devastating forest fires that occured in early March 2015.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE 2016 GREENPOP REFOREST FEST AT PLATBOS FOREST
TREES, TREES & MORE TREES: With more than 8000 trees to be planted over the two weekends, the environmental initiative aims to revive the indigenous arbour of the Platbos forest near Gansbaai – deforestation, neglect and invasive alien species have rendered the forest unsustainable – and help the area reclaim its allure as a natural retreat sought after by those looking to escape the push and pull of the city.