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Greenpop is hoping to relaunch Arbor Month in South Africa by planting 2000 trees; if you are keen to join the cause, plant a tree or donate one to Greenpop.


Garden Route, South Africa (01 September 2021) – Arbor Month is a celebration of trees and all that they do for our beautiful planet. They do more than just feed us, protect us from the sun and give us clean air. Trees combat noise pollution, prevent flooding, cool down the earth’s surface and provide habitats for our sweet little birds and critters. They are an integral part of the Earth and need to be protected.

Arbor Day was first launched in Nebraska, USA over 140 years ago as a way to save the soil on the farmlands. It was a competition held by the agricultural department to see who could plant the most trees in one day. They were used as windbreaks to prevent topsoil from blowing away.

It is said that over 1 million trees were planted on the first-ever Arbor Day. Now the day is celebrated globally and each place has its own date. Arbor Day in South Africa is held on the 1st of September, Arbor Week is the 1st to the 7th and in true South African style, we also dedicate the entire month of September to trees.

Greenpop is hoping to relaunch their tree planting initiatives that were all put on pause when the pandemic hit. They are hoping to bring Arbor Month back to South Africa, to get things back on track for their 2025 goal of 500,000 trees.

“When the first lockdown hit in March 2020, we adapted in order to ensure that 25,000 trees could still be planted in 2020 – thanks to our incredible project partners.

But we haven’t been able to run our get-active-not-anxious events since June 2019 and we’re longing to get back into the planting field. Greenpop is centred around community – when we started 11 years ago in September 2010 with the idea to plant 1000 trees to revive Arbor Month, it was the gathering together of people from all walks of life that gave us momentum.

It was the connections created with hands in the soil that started the incredible network of support, love and action that made us resilient and took us way beyond our initial 1000 tree goal.

Now it’s Arbor Month again and Greenpop’s 11th birthday… and we’re going planting! 

With spades in hand (and masks on faces), we’re heading to the Garden Route to host the Eden Festival of Action 2021. Over a 1-week period, we will plant 2000 trees and shine a light on the creative ways people are restoring nature.

This year for our birthday, we’re asking everyone in our community to donate a tree to help us bring Arbor Month back.”

If you would like to donate a tree, you can donate here.

Sources: Greenpop – Newsletter
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