Greenpop – a tree planting initiative out of Cape Town – are currently in Durban for COP17, and they held a tree planting day on Sunday at the Bluff Eco Park as part of COP taking action. As it was an open invitation, I went along to take part (after all, physically planting a tree to offset my flights down here is better than just handing over the money to someone else to do it, right?)
We planted 60 trees in total in an area where the park is trying to recreate an indigenous belt of trees in place of some syringas. The park was actually once a landfill, but you wouldn’t think so now by looking at the greening that has taken place. The odd hole we dug up reminded us that it was indeed a landfill though – we unearthed things like glass bottles, plastic and bricks. (Reminding us of course that glass and plastic should be recycled!!)
Everyone had great fun – especially the kids that joined us – and it was great to be part of that. I do hope to return in a few years to see how the trees are doing.