We have had a number of devastating fires here along the Cape Peninsula – especially in the month of March.
But lesser known than the Cape Town fires was the fire that raged near Platbos Forest, the southern-most indigenous forest in Africa, just 2.5 hours drive from Cape Town in the Overberg region between Stanford and Gansbaai.
Whereas fynbos requires fires to help in their lifecycle and to help regenerate, the fires destroyed indigenous trees at Platbos – mainly due to the intense heat from surrounding alien vegetation.
As part of their annual “Reforest Fest”, Greenpop will be helping in “regrowing” the forest and plan to plant 8000 new indigenous trees over a few weekends in May – and are looking for volunteers to assist
The Reforest Fests are held over two weekends in May in the Platbos Forest (2.5 hours drive from Cape Town). The first weekend is a Family Fest (8 -10 May) and the following weekend is a Friends Fest (15 - 17 May).
Speaking to Africa Melane on the Kieno Kammies Breakfast Show, Greenpop's Head of Department for planting and sustainability said the soil there is quite sandy and easy to work with, so it will not involve too much manual labour.
Listen to the full conversation below:
Adult festival ticket incl all meals: R590
- Children 12 and under incl all meals: R390
- Children 4 and under: Free