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Welcome to Platbos

Africa's Southernmost Forest

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Platbos is an ancient indigenous forest situated at the foot of Africa. Described by botanist and author, Professor Eugene Moll, as a "unique South African forest jewel", this is a forest that enchants and inspires all who come to visit. Read more

Help us to protect and restore Platbos Forest

Epiphtic fernPlatbos, a relic forest with trees of over 1000 years of age, is vulnerable to runaway fires. Indigenous forests are rare and endangered ecosystems covering less than 0.05% of the Western Cape. The Trees for Tomorrow Reforestation Project was con- ceived in the wake of the devastating fires of 2006.
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Green Renaissance Platbos Youtube video

Plant a Tree: Grow a Forest

Wild olive about to be plantedWhen you make a donation to plant a tree at Platbos, you are helping to conserve and extend the biodiversity of the forest. For when you plant a tree at Platbos, you are sponsoring a square metre of forest canopy and the myriad of life forms that this supports - from mosses, lichens, birds and bees, to bushbuck and honey badgers. Whether it's planting a tree in honour of someone special, or sponsoring tree planting to minimize your ecological footprint, your participation in the Trees for Tomorrow Reforestation Project is what enables us to realize our goal in conserving and rehabilitating this unique forest.

We thank the following people for sponsoring trees recently at
Platbos Forest in our Trees for Tomorrow Reforestation project.
As of July 2014, 21 847 trees have been planted.

Fransi Nieuwoudt 1 tree for Platbos
Carole Bridges 3 trees for her mom, Ann Christine
Winterbottom, who loved plants
Nicki van Reenen 1 tree for George Steyn's 70th birthday
Liz & Dave Page 1 tree for Christopher Day's birthday
Annette Coetzee 1 tree for Marie le Roux's 30th birthday
Lia, Paul & Zoe Jenkins 2 trees in loving memory of
David & Elizabeth Jenkins
Peggie Chan 5 trees for Mark Chiang's birthday
We thank the following people for sponsoring trees recently at
Platbos Forest in our Trees for Tomorrow Reforestation project.
As of July 2014, 21 847 trees have been planted.

Marina Jenkins 1 tree for Cameron Visser
Lindsey Fernandez 4 trees for Jenni & Greg - Amazing
Rough-Fit owners
Eva-Lotta Jansson 1 tree for Liv Wedrich's 6th birthday
Lucinda, Kevin, Darryl & Rox, Amie & Matt 1 tree for
Gussie Dewar - Happy Mother's Day
GreenPop Reforest Fest 10 002 trees Reforest Fest @ Platbos
Sean Conradie 1 tree for Platbos
We thank the following people for sponsoring trees recently at
Platbos Forest in our Trees for Tomorrow Reforestation project.
As of July 2014, 21 847 trees have been planted.

John Gosling & Adrian Di Lollo 4 trees in loving memory of
Esther Wignall
Peggie Chan 1 tree for Jorge Loureiro's birthday
The Green Cab 1 tree 2014 CITA regional conference for
Africa, 4-6 March (off-set emissions)
Marina Jenkins 1 tree for Rat & Sulandi Hunter van den Heever
Hendrik Coetzee 1 tree Hendrik & Albert - Een jaar!
Wickus Delport 3 trees Vir die geboorte van Mieke Millard
Steven Tugwell 20 trees for Platbos
We thank the following people for sponsoring trees recently at
Platbos Forest in our Trees for Tomorrow Reforestation project.
As of July 2014, 21 847 trees have been planted.

Nonna Marie-Noelle 18 trees for her granddaughter Gaia
Karen 2 trees for Platbos
Maretha Marais 4 trees Vir Elize - 'n goeie vriendin
Cobus Grobbelaar 1 tree For JD's 2nd birthday
Carol Duffett 5 trees In loving memory of Renira Lynne
Grant-Dalton
Teri & Wayne Smith 1 tree for Carey & Nao's wedding
Philip Myburgh 1 tree for Annette Coetzee, for all her trees
to other friends
We thank the following people for sponsoring trees recently at
Platbos Forest in our Trees for Tomorrow Reforestation project.
As of July 2014, 21 847 trees have been planted.

Philip Myburgh 1 tree for Fran
Philip Myburgh 1 tree for Nick
Philip Myburgh 1 tree for Jessica
Eva-Lotta Jansson 1 tree Eskil Wedrich - Happy 1st birthday
Eva-Lotta Jansson 1 tree Anna-Karin Wedrich - Happy birthday
Dave Balfour 5 trees for our children
Hart Hiking Group 2 trees for Platbos
Tamzin Smith & Dale Pharo 1 tree for Carey & Nao's wedding
Andree Bonthuys 2 trees for Brendan & Muriel's Wedding

African Tree Essences

African Tree EssencesIf, like many of the visitors to Platbos, you are inspired by the gentle yet vibrant energy of the forest, you might like to purchase a set of the African Tree Essences.

Made from the tree flowers, clear spring water and the African sun, they hold the unique vibrational blueprint of the 13 major tree species of the forest.

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Visit Platbos Forest

Walkers and celtisCome and discover this unique forest biome for your self. The forest trail is enjoyed by tree and bird enthusiasts, and the gentle terrain and sheltering canopy make it a suitable destination for young and old alike. Bring along a picnic or contemplate the peace of Platbos at the forest's beautiful labyrinth.
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Wholesale Tree Nursery

Tree nursery staffThe Platbos Tree Nursery stocks a wide range of indigenous trees. Arborist Francois Krige and his tree care team, Krige Tree Services will even advise you on how to create a mini Platbos Forest in your garden, farm, school or community.
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Click for a larger version of this mapWe hope to welcome you soon in person!

Only a two hour drive from Cape Town yet light years away from the 'maddening crowd', Platbos, unusual forest gem that it is, will win a special place in your heart.

Platbos Forest is an "off-the-grid" enterprise. The majority of nursery, office and household activities are powered by renewable energy sources. All waste is recycled and composted where possible and the tree nursery runs according to organic growing principles.

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Caracal caught in the Platbos camera trap
"Caught on Camera" at Platbos: the beautiful and illusive Caracal (Rooikat / Lynx). Read more in Touch Wood, our Autumn 2011 Newsletter

Platbos Forest Trail


for bird and tree enthusiasts.
Discover the magic of this ancient forest as you wander its gentle, meandering pathways.
Pre-booking is essential

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Platbos Conservation Trust

Platbos Conservation Trust: Nonprofit Organization Registration Number:
086-576-NPO

Public Benefit Organization (PBO) Exemption Number Registered with SARS:
930 036 766