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: