Platbos indigenous forest | Africa´s Southernmost forest | Baviaanspoort Hills, Grootbos Road between Gansbaai and Hermanus

Platbos Forest Nursery


Our nursery is now growing Platbos tree species exclusively for our Reforestation Project and is thus unfortunately closed to both the public and wholesale nurseries.

Melissa Saayman and Francois Krige initiated the Platbos Reforestation Project – a pioneer of its type in the Western Cape – in 2008. Since then, large areas of aliens have been cleared and processed into wood chip. Each year in Spring, the Platbos staff harvest the newly germinated forest seedlings from the forest floor and rear them in the forest nursery. After 2 years, they are ready to be replanted to expand the forest. This tree planting happens at the start of the rainy season, and the bulk of the trees are planted during the annual “Greenpop Reforest Fests” which see hundreds of green-hearted souls getting their hands into the earth and planting thousands of Platbos trees back into the lands where they once grew.

Our project’s slogan “Plant a Tree – Grow a Forest” captures the essence of this project for when one sponsors a tree at Platbos one is really 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. Tree sponsorships also contribute towards the costs of clearing the alien vegetation that has invaded the forest edge and the creation of fire breaks which are so vital for protecting the old-growth forest. To date, just under 70 000 trees have been planted in these rehabilitated lands. Our thanks to Greenpop, our main Reforestation Partners, who have sponsored the bulk of these trees, and to the hundreds of forest friends who sponsor trees through the Platbos Conservation Trust.

Our nursery is now growing Platbos tree species exclusively for our Reforestation Project and is thus unfortunately closed to both the public and wholesale nurseries.