Reforest Fest
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The Reforest Fest is a gathering of people who hope to restore local forests to their indigenous roots while connecting with like-minded individuals.


South Africa (08 March 2024) — Planting trees may be the goal of the Reforest Fest, but it isn’t the only reason people gather at the exciting event. Camping in nature, taking part in workshops, doing early morning yoga, and indulging in plant-based meals are some of the perks, too. But the best part of all is spending the weekend with people who all have a passion for preserving the planet!

Hundreds of people will be coming together in the spirit of reviving the Platbos Forest Reserve. At the core of Reforest Fest is the commitment to environmental sustainability and the restoration of our beautiful indigenous forests. This year Greenpop’s goal is to plant 5000 trees over the weekend (and another 15,000 within the valley), a chance for festivalgoers of all ages to get their hands into the soil and make an impact.

Greenpop’s Reforest Fest has been a major tree-planting event since 2011, contributing to the restoration of Platbos Forest Reserve and Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat. To date, the project has planted over 125,000 trees, aiding the preservation of the forest and its unique species.

This year, the planting efforts expanded not only to Bodhi Khaya but also to three surrounding conservation properties in the Overberg Valley. Greenpop envisions Reforest Fest as Africa’s largest citizen-led restoration festival, attracting a global audience.

Entertainment and Fun in the Sun

As for entertainment, you can expect to hear the soothing tones of South African musician Jeremy Loops. Jeremy’s involvement with Greenpop began in 2010 when he co-founded the cherished tree-planting organisation alongside Misha and Lauren Teasdale. What initially began as a dinner conversation to plant 1000 trees during Arbor Month, has blossomed into the Greenpop we know today.

Photo Credit: Christian Khayo

Other musicians and artists include Aron Halevi – best known for starting FreshlyGround, AshweetA – a quartet that blend jazz, afro-fun, psychedelic Goema and dub into a “sonic stew” and Rob van Vuuren, a beloved comedian adding his funny quips to the mix.

There will also be a variety of interesting talks and workshops, hosted by expert facilitators. Topics range from eco-anxiety to agency, sustainable living, and conservation, explore the forests or fynbos with experts.

If you would like to join, you can get your tickets here: The Reforest Fest 2024 is taking place from March 29th to April 1st, 2024, at Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat in the Overberg region. The festival is also a family-friendly affair and has something for kids of all ages, as well as a dedicated kiddies area with fun activities throughout the weekend.

Photo Credit: Christian Khayo

Sources:  Greenpop / GTG
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