Greenpop 'treevolutionising' poor areas during Arbor week

2014-09-05 10:51
Greenpop tree plant at Inkwenkwezi High School, Cape Town. (Kyle Jones, Greenpop)

Greenpop tree plant at Inkwenkwezi High School, Cape Town. (Kyle Jones, Greenpop)

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Cape Town – Social enterprise Greenpop has intensified its drive to green impoverished areas in the Cape Town during the 2014 Arbor week.

“We are planting 120 trees at 5 different locations with four different companies that are supporting us by buying trees,” Greenpop spokesperson Lynne Fraser told News24.

South Africa celebrates arbor week annually between 1-7 September. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has called on all South Africans to plant indigenous trees as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management.

Greenpop has answered this call with one of its main aims being to address the problem of massive ‘undergreened’ spaces in South Africa.

“These areas are often impoverished suburbs, where access to the environment and environmental awareness is limited,” Fraser said.

Growing movement

At a recent plant day at Inkwenkwezi High School in Cape Town 22 students together with 7 ‘Greenpoppers’ planted 25 indigenous trees and five fruit trees.

According to life orientation teacher, Nomarashiya Dyokwe, the learners were “very interested and really enjoyed it”.

“During the planting Greenpop played games related to planting trees so that the learners could understand,” Dyokwe told News24.

Dyokwe says the front area of the school looks beautiful and says the school has been inspired to carry out future plantings.

On 1 September Greenpop celebrated its fourth birthday and numbers show that the movement has been growing rapidly - numbers being number of trees planted.

Fraser says the initial idea was to plant 1 000 trees in a single month. “We’ve increased that number to around 45 000 trees in the last four years,” she said.

This translates to approximately 940 trees per month.

According to Fraser Greenpop’s vision has evolved over time from one that is very focused on trees and urban greening, to what is now becoming a more holistic approach to reconnecting people with the planet.

The public is invited to join Greenpop for an open plant day later in the month of September, visit Greenpop for more information.

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