Enabled by Green Building Council membership fees, the GBCSA was able to join forces with Greenpop to plant trees on members’ behalf at the The Reforest Fest in Platbos forest (near Gansbaai).
‘Platbos, a relic forest with trees of over 1000 years of age, forms part of one of the rare and endangered ecosystems of the Western Cape.’
The events were run over 2 weekends with the aim of planting 4000 trees in total, but amazingly the event saw over 5000 indigenous trees planted with the GBCSA and their members contributing 1000 trees.
They also gave away 6 tickets for free entry into the planting festivals through a social media competition and a handful of GBCSA staff joined in to get ‘down and dirty’ to help dig holes and plant trees.
Family Fest – 2001 trees with 150 people
Friends Fest – 3000 trees with 350 people
So 5001 in total and 1001 over the target!
They have set the bar high for next year as the GBCSA forest grows from strength to strength. Members that contributed will all receive a certificate with the GPS co-ordinates of their trees and a progress report will be delivered at Green Building Convention 2013 at the Greenpop stand.