If you have a green heart, love for this planet and recognise how important trees are to the world, consider joining Greenpop’s annual Reforest Fest event later this month. I’ve been and absolutely loved it, actually, I came away on such a planet-loving high, that I couldn’t get the feel-good grin off my face for weeks. That is what time with the Greenpop family does.
To be held over 16-18 March and 23-25 March, this is their eighth annual reforestation festival at Platbos, and they’re aiming for it to be their biggest yet, with over 10 000 trees set aside for planting. The event also features a host of workshops, talks, activities and performances by various local bands, musicians, DJs and artists.
More about the Reforest Fest
Hosted in the Overberg’s ancient Platbos Forest Reserve, the environmental NGO invites you to join them for one of two action-packed weekends. With the water crisis that the Cape is facing, tree-planting is needed now more than ever – considering the various long-term benefits reforestation has on the earth’s water cycle, returning the ecosystem to its natural state.
Reconnect with yourself, your fellow humans and with nature over the Family Weekend or Friends Weekend! With a fantastic lineup of local bands and musicians, thought-leaders from the green movement, sustainability workshops and activities galore, Reforest Fest has become a highlight of the environmental movement’s calendar.
Considering the long-term benefits reforestation has on the earth’s water cycle, returning the ecosystem to its natural state is essential.
Each year, Greenpop and the Platbos Forest Reserve host the Reforest Fest over two weekends in the beautiful ancient forest, 2.5 hours away from Cape Town in the Overberg region. There have been nearly 41 500 trees planted by the Friends and Family weekends to date. This year promises to be even bigger and even better, with more trees to be planted, more activities to enjoy, and more music to enjoy.
From March 16-18 the family weekend is a chance for parents and children to connect in nature while planting trees, enjoying great family entertainment and participating in activities for all ages. Unplug for some quality family time in the great outdoors and learn lessons about the planet. The musical lineup for Family Fest includes Mazula, The Fishwives, The Flamels, DJ Pure, The Brothers Remedy, Dreamer and Perfect Shadows.
In terms of activities, there is no shortage of kid-friendly things to do, including yoga sessions with Mindfull Kids, Soul Circus workshops, guided night forest walks, Biobash walks with Bionerds, and much much more.
Platbos Friends Weekend
Hosted on March 23-25, is for people who would like to get their hands dirty and make a positive impact on the environment. As well as planting thousands of trees, fest-goers can enjoy eco-talks, workshops, walks, delicious plant-based food and so much more. Friends Fest activities are more tailored to adults, but all ages are welcome at both festival weekends. This year’s Friends main stage is set to be one for the books, with Nic Preen & The World of Birds, TouchWood, Chico Muya, Money for Bali, Jews for Techno, Nevau, DJ CrashLove, Satya Jones, Perfect Shadows and more set to get the crowd jiving.
Guided walks with the renown Meg Palgrave and Francois Krige (custodian of the Platbos Forest Reserve); and talks and discussions hosted by TEDx and local environmental heavy-weights such as Mellony Spark from Fossil Free SA, Jade Khoury from Low Impact Living, Donovan Will from Fry’s Family Food Co., and Mike Fabricius from the Walker Bay Conservancy project are just some of the wonderful things to check out!
Greenpop was founded in 2010 and have since planted over 86,000 indigenous and fruit trees.
Who is Greenpop?
Greenpop is a social enterprise on a mission to reconnect people with the planet. They 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 has since planted over 86,000 indigenous and fruit trees at schools and other urban sites, community farms as well as forests across South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania. More than the number of trees, Greenpop is inspired by the hands that have helped to plant the trees and the further thousands that have joined Greenpop’s eco-education programmes and made a commitment to be custodians of our beautiful planet.
The Essential Details
- Website: www.greenpop.org
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Greenpop
- Twitter: @Greenpop
- Instagram: @GreenpopSA
- Phone: +27(0)21 461 9265
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org