Following on from the success of last year's event, which saw festivalgoers plant over 8,000 trees in the Platbos Forest Reserve, helping to restore one of the most endangered ecosystems in the Western Cape, Greenpop is delighted to announce dates for Reforest Fest 2016.
The festival will take place on the weekends of 1113 and 1820 of March 2016 and will continue the tradition of mass green action and mass fun! The event brings people together to plant thousands of trees in Africa's southernmost forest and involves getting your hands dirty, connecting with old friends and new, dancing to live music, attending ecoworkshops, and camping under the stars and Milkwoods. Who?
The festival is split between a Family weekend (1113 March) and a Friends weekend (1820 March). The Family Weekend welcomes children of all ages, offers a range of exciting activities to get kids and adults interacting with the forest and each other, and ensures that music stops at about 10:30pm on Saturday night to give everyone a good night's rest in the forest.
The Friends Weekend is the perfect place to bring old friends and meet new ones. The party goes on for longer and the ecoworkshops and talks are aimed at a more adult audience, although all ages are welcome at both events! Why?
Platbos is an ancient relic forest with indigenous trees that are over 1,000 years old. Like many natural forests around the world, parts of Platbos have been cleared in the past century for cultivation. Today, many of these cleared areas are being taken over by alien vegetation, which makes it difficult for the indigenous trees to grow back, and also poses a serious fire risk to the whole forest.
It's important to plant endemic trees because they are especially adapted to droughts, keep the fires out, and serve as a food source for the bird and animal species that rely on the Platbos ecosystem for survival.
In collaboration with the Trees for Tomorrow reforestation programme run by Melissa and Francois Krige of Platbos, the annual Greenpop Reforest Fest focuses on the importance of planting trees here, and also provides an unforgettable experience for people of all ages to (re)connect with nature and have fun doing it! The trees planted through the Friends and Family weekends to date have an 85% survival rate! "The Greenpop Reforest Fest is one of the purest examples of our mission in action. We want to help people (re)connect with our planet and each other, and year on year we watch community grow and interact and celebrate together in the Platbos Forest.
"Thanks to the keen hands that have joined us over the last five years, we've planted thousands of trees, and the amazing thing is we're actually starting to see the fruits of our efforts.
"Being in that magical space, rolling up my sleeves and getting stuck in with the inspired people that come to the festival is part of what makes it one of my all-time favourites."
- Misha Teasdale, Greenpop TreeEO
Join us: Greenpop Reforest Fest at Platbos, Overberg, 1113 and 1820 March 2016.
Please see here for more details on the event programme: http://www.greenpop.org/getinvolved/tellafriend/More Information DATES:
Family weekend: 1113 March 2016
Friends weekend: 1820 March 2016FACEBOOK EVENTS:
Family weekend: http://bit.ly/Reforest16FBFAM
Friends weekend: http://bit.ly/Reforest16FBFRIQUICKET LINKS for tickets:
Family weekend: http://bit.ly/ReforestFAM16
Friends weekend: http://bit.ly/ReforestFRIENDS16Event Sponsorship Opportunities:
Email gro.popneerg@assiram About Greenpop:
Greenpop is an awardwinning social enterprise on a mission to (re)connect people with our planet and have fun doing it! They plant trees through urban greening and reforestation projects, spread environmental awareness, and activate people through green festivals and workshops. Greenpop was founded in 2010 and has since planted over 57,000 trees at schools and other urban sites as well as forests and farms across South Africa, Zambia, and Tanzania.
Youtube - www.youtube.com/user/GreenpopTreevolution
Reforest Fest video by Makhulu Productions: http://bit.ly/PBos15