Platbos is an ancient indigenous forest situated at the foot of Africa. Described by well-known botanist and author, Professor Eugene Moll, as a “unique South African forest jewel”, this is a forest that enchants and inspires all who come to visit.


In 2012, Greenpop began a collaboration with the Platbos Conservation Trust to begin the long-term process of reforestation. Our efforts are focused in the pockets of alien vegetation that have penetrated the borders of the original forest. By combining alien vegetation clearing with a proactive planting regime, the project aims to bolster the original forest and stimulate and accelerate the regrowth of the original forest. We plant a combination of pioneer and apex species in dense clusters to allow them the opportunity to shade out and out-compete the invasive seed bank in the planting sites. Our monitoring surveys show that the vast majority of the trees are surviving and becoming established.

The Platbos Forest is a rare botanical gem in the crown of South Africa’s natural assets — Platbos is home to a world of ancient tree specimens (many of which are over 1000 years old) creating a habitat for a biodiverse array of fauna and flora — from critically endangered leopard toads to mysterious bushbuck, from twirling ferns, velvety mosses and lichens to bryophytes of every shade of green — and has been considered a botanical marvel and mystery by historians and botanists alike.

In addition, the vegetation surrounding this precious hidden forest comprises limestone fynbos (an endangered ecosystem of immense floral biodiversity) and coastal thickets – making this multi-ecotype area incredibly unique.  Unfortunately, over the last 100 years, unsustainable land-use practices have resulted in large tracts of the forest ecosystem being denuded and clear-cut for timber, the cultivation of potatoes and livestock grazing. Today, these fields are a mass of alien vegetation, which poses a serious fire threat to the last remaining remnants of indigenous forest still intact.

Our monitoring surveys show that while some of the trees have suffered during last year’s very hot and dry summer, the vast majority of the trees are surviving and becoming established.

Sponsor trees to be planted in the Platbos Forest Reserve and receive a personalised donation card:


The Reforest Fest is brought to you by Greenpop: a social enterprise on a mission to (re)connect people with the planet. We plant trees through urban greening and reforestation projects, spread environmental education, and activate people through green workshops and events.

Greenpop was founded in 2010 and we have since planted over 100 000 indigenous and fruit trees at schools and other urban sites, community farms as well as forests across South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania.



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