One of the things we do here at Just Trees is try give back where we can and contribute to greening our communities. This is why we’ve been supporting Greenpop for a while now by donating various indigenous trees to their Urban Greening Programme. Greenpop partners with passionate individuals and communities to facilitate tree plantings and do so much more. (You can read more about their work here).
On 21 November 2016, Greenpop facilitated a School Planting Day at Hague Primary School in Delft, Cape Town. The students had already prepared the site the weekend before by digging the holes for the trees and came prepared for the planting by bringing water from home. An average School Planting Day with Greenpop follows a four-hour workshop where (after a few fun ice-breakers) the students receive an outdoor lesson on the importance of trees, followed by a detailed planting demonstration, then they split into teams to get their hands dirty and do some planting!
Forty trees were planted, all of which were indigenous: 10 Syzygium guineense (Water Pear) and Syzygium cordatum (Water Berry) 10 Nuxia floribunda (Forest Elder) and 10 Olea europaea subsp. africana (Wild Olive). Mr. America, the teacher at the school responsible for maintaining the trees, leads his Grade 7 students as heads of the school’s Eco-Club, ensuring a constant turnover of responsible students who will be looking of the trees and continue to green the space.
It’s always rewarding to see trees planted, especially where they’re needed! We’re honoured to be involved in the work that Greenpop does and hope to be apart of many more plantings! If you’re interested in finding more about what they do, head to their website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.