Platbos Forest

A stunning and magical pocket of rare and endangered vegetation

The Reforestation Fest Story

Platbos Forest, situated between Gansbaai and Hermanus in the Overberg, is a very unique combination of old growth Afromontain Forest and Coastal Thicket Species forming a stunning and magical pocket of rare and endangered vegetation. About a century ago, 20 acres of land located in the heart of the old-growth forest was felled and ploughed for potatoes. After the land was found to be unsuitable for agriculture in the 1940s, cultivation efforts in the area were abandoned and the area was overrun by invasive species

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 original forests borders. 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 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.

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About Greenpop

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 80 000 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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