Four years ago, in September 2010, Misha, Devin, Rowan, Lauren, Jeremy, Ben, James, Ricky, Kezia, Alexi, Kimon, Steve, Bruce, Shirley and other friends set themselves a personal challenge to plant 1000 for Arbour Month - it was just meant to be a 1-month volunteering campaign which would end with a Spring celebration and then we'd all continue with our lives as usual... but our phones didn't stop ringing!
The Cape Town community, to our surprise, were very interested in (re)connecting with our planet and getting their hands dirty - and we just couldn't stop planting!
It was only because of all the support from you guys that we decided to continue after that first month - and now, on our 4th birthday, we have planted over 43 000 trees and connected with thousands of amazing people.
A huge thank you to everyone in our community - this happy Spring Birthday is thanks to you!
Stats from the field:
Monitoring our trees and staying connected with the community centers and schools we plant at has always been a key goal for Greenpop, ever since our organic beginning four years ago.
Logistically, it's a challenging task to try and maintain. Keeping up relations with over 290 sites and over 10 000 trees across a huge diversity of areas within the greater Cape Town area is complicated. We've learnt a lot over the years about what is and isn't possible and we're finally getting to a place where our systems are becoming solid, effective and efficient. For every new Greenpop site, we plan to monitor physically every 6 months for 2 years as well as maintaining contact over our dedicated sms groups, kindly supported by BulkSMS, regular email updates and ongoing workshops and educational support.
The value behind all the hard work and the challenges involved is the ability to provide support and guidance to our many dedicated and inspiring sites. It's always so exciting to see real growth in 'our' trees, and the people who look after them.
The monitoring team, lead by Mzwandile and assisted by Renee, were extremely busy in August, visiting 4 new sites that applied for Greenpop trees and monitoring 27 sites in Cape Town. In total we monitored 1213 trees, 989 of which were indigenous and 224 fruit.
Of the 27 monitored sites, 11 had a 90% or higher survival rate. Some of the sites had Greenpop trees planted there nearly 4 years ago, and it is great to see so many trees are doing well. Congratulations to the following schools and centers for their outstanding results this month:
▪ Ekuphumleni Old Age Home- Gugulethu (90%)
▪ Siphamandla Educare- Crossroads(95%)
▪ JL Zwane Church- Gugulethu (100%)
▪ Vukani Primary- Phillipi (100%
▪ Zone 8 Garden- Langa (100%
▪ Soyisile Primary- Khayaletisha (93%
▪ Lwandle Primary- Khayaletisha (91%)
▪ Ethembeni Creche- Khayaletisha (100%)
▪ Masibambisane Secondary- Mfuleni (98%)
▪ Kuyasa Primary- Khayaletisha (100%)