Oasis for green education

2015-05-05 06:00
Greenpop is calling on residents to assist in growing its nursery into an education hub.


Greenpop is calling on residents to assist in growing its nursery into an education hub. PHOTOs: supplied

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Creating an educational environment is the aim behind a Greenpop fundraising initiative.

The non-profit organisation, which plants trees at schools and runs educational programmes on environmental conservation, is hoping to launch an “eco education hub” at its nursery in Woodstock.

Greenpop has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund the expansion of the nursery. This will see a container installed at the Mountain Road property, which will be converted into a workshop space, explains Greenpop fundraising head Marleen Lammers.

“The main thing we need is a container, which we’ll upcycle into an awesome green workshop space with all necessary facilities,” she says.

Once completed, the hub will be open to pupils and the community.

“We host regular skills-development workshops for groundsmen and principals from the schools that we have planted trees at as part of our urban greening. With these workshops, we focus on improving our participants’ knowledge of urban greening techniques, such as vegetable production, fertilising and composting,” Lammers says.

The organisation also helps people create care management plans for their trees and design creative ways for them to involve their learners in the process.

“We also plan on hosting regular school groups at our eco hub, so that we can host interactive workshops that spread awareness of the importance of trees, of growing your own food and of taking care of our environment. We want greening to become fun and inspire children to feel connected to their natural environment,” she says.

Apart from the actual container, the organisation needs building material, tools, shelving, windows and solar panels to make the space as eco-friendly as possible, Lammers says.

“In addition to our envisioned education centre, our tree nursery needs some general TLC. Our vision is to utilise the space to its full potential by growing as many trees as possible, turning our vegetable garden into a showcase of urban greening, and by securing the area properly. To realise this, we need further tools, water tanks, fences and more seeds and plants,” she says.

Contributing R100 will get your name incorporated into the artwork on the container, with further rewards for bigger contributions.

But if you don’t have money to spare, there are a host of ways to get involved, Lammers says.

“You can help spread the word! Share the message on social media, mention it to a friend, or convince your company to join in – it all helps,” she says.

“We would love in-kind donations too and we host regular volunteer days at our nursery, where you can join to get your hands dirty and help make our nursery green and lush,” she says.V

Visit www.ripple.org.za/greenpop for more information

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