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Seasonal News from Platbos

Africa's Southernmost Forest

Platbos, located between Stanford and Gansbaai, is an ancient forest at the foot of Africa. Contact us:  info @ platbos.co.za  to plant a tree, book a forest walk or to find out more about our varied activities at the forest.

drought-stressed white stinkwood Male bosbok. Platbos

Arrival of the Winter Rains

The deep, soft-soaking rains that fell over the Easter Weekend brought a collective sigh of relief from all the inhabitants of Platbos. Due to the annual rains of 2010 being half that of normal, by February this year the forest was extremely parched and drought-stressed.
So dire was the situation that by the start of April we began to water the big, old trees that we could reach with our hose pipes. Once you get to know the great and gnarled personalities that make up the forest community, it is simply not possible to remain unmoved by their plight. At the height of the drought, it seemed as though all forest wild life had moved to the green oasis that is our tree nursery. The forest surrounding the nursery soaks up the runoff from the irrigation system and as a result, the trees there bear abundant fruit and their leaves retain their moisture content. This draws the birds by day and browsing bush buck by night. Water = Life and on this note, I am proud to introduce Platbos Forest´s latest Tree Planting Partner: Green Africa Water Systems.

The Re-Forest Fest! A Tree Planting Weekend at Platbos with Greenpop 10 - 12th June

Reforestation of the forest edge, Platbos This year we are partnering with Greenpop to reforest a demarcated area of the forest edge. Join us and enjoy getting your hands dirty by doing one of the most positive things we can do for our planet: plant trees!
Volunteers will camp beneath the magical forest canopy (arriving on the Friday evening and leaving on the Sunday evening), for a weekend of fun and tree planting. Each volunteer will pay for one tree (R75.00), but will plant 20 trees over the weekend. The intention is to plant 1000 trees over the course of the weekend. In the evenings there´ll be talks, workshops, forest walks and musical entertainment by Jeremy Loops. All meals – simple and wholesome - will be catered for and enjoyed together.
The cost of the weekend is R270.00 per person which includes your tree donation. Reserve your place soon as space is limited to 50 participants. To book your place, email julia@greenpop.org with the following information and she will send you the payment details:
  1. Your name and email address
  2. The names and email addresses of anyone else you want to book for
  3. Yes, I'm interested in taking The Green Cab (http://thegreencab.co.za) there and back from CPT OR No transport needed. Price for transport will be sent out soon and the Green Bus will be arranged if we have enough interest otherwise we will car pool.
If you can't make it but would like to gift trees for this weekend, click here: http://bit.ly/fUeRay
About Greenpop: Greenpop is a Cape Town-based tree-planting initiative that celebrates greening Greenpop
and bringing South Africans from all walks of life together. The Greenpop team is passionate about community upliftment, urban rejuvenation, reforestation and climate action. We are excited to be partnering with Greenpop – this promises to be an amazing and memorable weekend.
If you are unable to join us for the Reforest Fest, we are offering another tree planting party weekend in July:

Celebrating Forests: A "Tree Planting Party" Weekend
at Bodhi Khaya 8 - 10 July 2011

Join us for a fun-filled, feel-good weekend of re-planting forest at neighbouring Bodhi Khaya Retreat. Platbos Forest once extended way beyond its present borders: isolated pockets of indigenous forest can be seen dotted throughout the Uilkraal Vallei and even in and around the town of Stanford. The grand vision is to see these pockets of trees protected and eventually reconnected to Platbos - the "Mother Forest" - so that this important indigenous forest biome is conserved and reintroduced back into the landscape.
Weekend Programme at Bodhi Kahya:
  • Over the course of the weekend, participants will plant a range of trees indigenous to the Uilkraal Vallei as well as a few new specimens for Bodhi Khaya´s beautiful arboretum.
  • We will be re-planting a gentle slope that was once forested.
  • Participants will gain a wealth of knowledge about trees and forests, how to plant them correctly and how to ensure that they live long and happy lives.
  • If time allows, we will visit Platbos Forest for a walk in this unique and ancient forest.
  • In short: a practical, fun-filled weekend of celebrating trees and forests.
Costs Involved:
Each participant is asked to sponsor 3 trees at R50.00 each. Bodhi Khaya is generously providing the accommodation free of charge. Catering costs for the weekend will be R280.00 per person.
Full Fee for the weekend is therefore: R430.00 per person.
Reserve your place soon: space is limited to 30 participants!

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