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Community Projects

Platbos Forest & The Platbos Conservation Trust

Platbos ForestFrancois and Melissa Krige became the owners of Platbos at the end of 2004. Here, Francois´ passion for trees and forests finds full expression. Krige Tree Services regularly donates time and resources to clearing the alien vegetation that has infiltrated the forest edge. In the past, large areas of this old-growth forest were felled for agriculture. Due to the nutrient-poor soil, however, these fields were soon abandoned. In their place came dense thickets of alien trees that crowd out biodiversity and pose a grave fire threat to this ancient forest.

Platbos ForestThe Platbos Conservation Trust was created to raise funds to help to protect and conserve the 50 hectares or so that remain of Platbos Forest. In addition, funds are raised for clearing the alien vegeation on the forest edge. These areas are then rehabilitated and replanted with young, endemic forest saplings grown specifically for this purpose at the Platbos Tree Nursery. To date, almost 30 000 indigenous forest trees have been planted around the forest edge at Platbos. In addition, the Platbos Conservation Trust has planted 12 000 forest trees at Farm 215 – a nature reserve neighbouring Platbos. It is inspiring to see the landscape start to revert back to its full potential: less than 0.05% of the Western Cape is home to indigenous forest. As described by cartographer Peter Slingsby, Platbos is a National Treasure – and it is home to a myriad of animals, large on small, who depend on it for their future. Aerial view of Platbos ForestThe Platbos Conservation Trust was honoured to receive the 2012 WESSA Western Cape Regional Award in the category of “Environmental Organisations or Projects that stand out as going above and beyond the call of duty” in recognition of the Trust´s contribution to biodiversity conservation and environmental education in the Western Cape.

Francois´ firsthand experience and knowledge of forest ecosystems and the principles of reforestation means that Krige Tree Services is increasingly receiving requests to undertake work of this kind beyond the borders of Platbos, e.g. the kloofs of Klein Constantia, Farm 215 in the Overberg and at Zonnestraal farm, Cape Town.

Platbos Reforest Fest

GreenpopEach year, Platbos partners with Greenpop for the popular “Reforest Fest” – a magical weekend of tree planting on the forest edge. Visitors enjoy live music, good food and guided walks in the forest. This is an inspiring, vibrant and forest-full weekend that is rapidly booked out.

Platbos Forest School Outings

The Kriges host school groups who visit the forest to learn more about this unique forest biome, the importance of trees and forests, and what we can do to protect them. Platbos is also open to the public by prior appointment.

Tree Planting at Schools

Platbos donates trees from the nursery to local schools. Francois demonstrates how to plant the trees correctly and explains why it is so important to plant the right tree in the right place – then his tree surgery skills will likely not be needed in years to come! So often, home owners plant the wrong tree in the wrong place, and eventually this necessitates its felling …

Arderne Gardens

Francois in Arderne GardensFrancois Krige grew up near Arderne Gardens in Claremont. For years, this beautiful arboretum, one of the most diverse and valuable collections of exotic trees in all of South Africa, was sorely neglected.

The Friends of the Arderne Gardens turned this sorry state of affairs around, and Krige Tree Services is proud to be in charge of the ongoing care for these magnificent trees. Francois is currently the Chairman of the Friends of the Arderne Gardens.

Krige Tree Services supports the Homestead

The HomesteadToday´s children are the future leaders of tomorrow. Since 2001, Krige Tree Services has been a monthly contributor to the Homestead in support of the services that they provide to Cape Town´s street children.

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“He who plants a tree plants hope”

Plant a new treeFor every tree felled by Krige Tree Services, Platbos Nursery will provide, on request, a new tree sapling - free of charge - for the home owner to replant in a place of their choosing.
Find out more:

Platbos Forest

Francois introducers the 1000 year old Milkwood, Platbos, Reforest Fest


Platbos Reforest Fest - Many hands make light work

Platbos Reforestation Projects

Gansbaai Laerskool visit Platbos Forest

Tidy Up, Arderne Gardens, Claremont