In 2021, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc).
Greenpop is a non-profit organisation working to restore ecosystems and empower environmental stewards through reforestation, urban greening, sustainable development, and environmental art projects across Sub- Saharan Africa.
Greenpop aims to partner with and contribute to the many local environmental and social initiatives and be part of an environmental solution, while also teaching skills and lessons that are relevant across the globe – sharing and learning in a place that highlights some of the challenges that our planet faces on a whole.
Greenpop hosts two camper opportunities each year: The Reforest Fest in April (Autumn in South Africa) and the Eden Festival of Action in June/July (Winter in South Africa).
In collaboration with The Greenpop Foundation, this project will focus on restoring forest land through alien invasive plant management and active planting of indigenous tree seedlings.
The entire family is welcome to Reforest Fest. Go here to learn more about this event.
Reforest Fest contributes towards the creation of an ecological corridor between the Platbos Forest Reserve and the Grootbos Nature Reserve, creates employment incentives to educate, train, and implement the program in a sustainable employment program with the local surrounding communities and to understand, document, and share the ecological and social contributions of ecosystem restoration interventions through robust monitoring.
The future vision for Reforest Fest:
In addition to putting trees in the ground, we reduce threats to restored areas by providing locally relevant support services including alien clearing, wood lot development, and alternative livelihoods training to ensure the sustainable management of our forests.
The Eden Festival of Action 2021 saw hands getting dirty in practical ecosystem restoration work, coupled with expansive conversations that left participants inspired to take action. After such a long time apart, the coming together of like-minded active citizens with the common goal of restoring land (and self) was spectacular.
Together, we made real impact:
· Over 140 activists, team, facilitators and guest speakers came together to dream, discuss and make change happen!
· 1000 trees were planted
· 3300 plant-based meals were served
· 100+m2 Alien black wattle vegetation was cleared by hand
· 2 collaborative environmental murals were painted by volunteers and artists Wayne Beukes and Mernette Swartz with BazArt which are being turned into a global VR interactive museum experience – watch this space
· 10,000m2 was surveyed and cleaned in a beach clean-up focusing on nurdles and micro plastics in collaboration with CapeNature, Nature’s Valley Trust, and Save a Fishie
· Over 25 sponsored participants joined the event from around South Africa
· Over 45 talks, workshops, and activities were hosted by some amazing experts
The blossoming nature of Spring in the Tsitsikamma National Forest, the picturesque beaches of Nature’s Valley, and the celebratory nights of dance and music glued the event together seamlessly.
Participants left energized to take action; be it by allocating more time to ecosystem restoration projects like tree-planting, beach clean-ups or wetland conservation; by studying further the topics they felt particularly stimulated by such as biomimicry, regenerative agriculture, or mycology; or by simply reducing their consumption of single-use plastics or meat.
We are a part of a growing, global, green movement. In line with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, we aim to create a new culture of restoration, and collectively we can make a difference.
Thank you to all of the participants, facilitators, partners and team in co-creating this remarkable event!
Join us for the next one, Pre-register for the Greenpop Eden Festival of Action 2022 today.
We would love any with a positive attitude and good energy to join us in our camps!
Greenpop has planted 150,000 trees to date across sub-saharan Africa and has empowered tens of thousands of active citizens at our camps and other projects. The Reforest Fest has planted 62,000 trees since it’s birth in 2010. Over the last 3 years, Greenpop has planted over 11,000 trees to help restore degraded forests in the Garden Route at the Eden Festival of Action.
Both the Eden Festival of Action and Reforest Fest vision to make environmentalism fun, showing that the most important work of our time, restoring the planet’s degraded ecosystems, can not only be fulfilling but enjoyable too. Both are to be inclusive and accessible by sponsorship of low-income youth from the local area.
Restoring these lands provides many local jobs: jobs in the nurseries that provide the trees, a labour force for the camps themselves to build infrastructure, management teams, marketing teams, employment of local vendors to sell food and other items during the events, caterers, bolstering local economy by influx of people to the camps, local accommodation receives a boost in guests, and we showcase successful entrepreneurs in the environmental sectors.
By restoring these areas, benefits of investing in restoration outweigh the input costs for actual clearing and restoration. “For every R1 invested in Invasive Alien Species clearing and restoration, there is a multiplier of investment into the catchment of R3.87 through reclaimed natural benefits, as well as job creation and stimulation of local economy – Western Cape Gov 6 Nov 2018”.
Other accommodation options
Basic and advanced sanitation (camp dependent)
Wifi (Eden Festival only)
Children’s play facilities (Reforest Fest only)
Swimming (Eden Festival only)
Basic kitchen (Eden Festival only; plant based)
Restoration of livelihoods
Mural art painting
“I love the forest and it is beautiful to see it flourishing and returning life to the soil. I was particularly impacted by seeing the difference in soil quality in the firebreak to that within the forest itself. “
Skye Mallac – Reforest Fest Attendee
“I want to know how to sustain the environment, and also I want to overcome and help restore after the fires”.
Vuyolwethu Nqunqa, Murray High School – Eden Festival of Action Attendee
“When I was part of planting trees where the fire burned in 2019 – I just like stopped for a moment and I was like wow, I am doing something good here.”
Busisiwe Ncoko, Plettenberg Bay Secondary School – Eden Festival of Action Attendee
“It was really nice to get away with the whole family as so many festivals started excluding kids and then parents don’t get out! 🙂 I loved being under the stars and a very quiet walk to the old milk wood was amazing.”
Diane Du Toit – Reforest Fest
Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.
Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.
Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020