This approach has led to being one of the best social development organisations on the continent. After nearly 30 years of experience, they understand what it takes to to achive real, long-term sustainability and want to make a positive difference to the lives of all South Africans.
Community Tree Planting is made up of 2 of FTFA’s flagship programmes – ‘Trees for All’ and ‘Trees for Homes’. These programmes combine well to plant trees in both shared spaces and private homes to create a healthier, more food secure environment.
Benefits of Urban Greening
- Regenerate / rehabilitate environments
- Provide shade, transpiration and cooling
- provide fruit, nuts and medicine
- Biodiversity and climate resilience
- Give us cleaner air and healthy environment
Trees for all plants and monitors fruit and indigenous trees at:
- Aged-homes and anywhere else people will benefit from, and look after the trees.
Trees for Homes is the most successful township, greening initiative in South Africa. Originally designed to address South Africa’s history of inequitable settlement policies, the programme grew to become the country’s benchmark of innovation in urban forestry.
Which trees a household receives depends on a number of factors but FTFA will ultimately choose trees that are going to have the best survival. In some projects the community members ask for two fruit/nut trees.
Developing community foresters with training and skills is also and integral part of the programmes design. These environmental champions create threads of awareness and appreciation also have an opportunity for temporary and (potentially) long term employment.
Trees for Homes is currently driving greenbelt initiatives in a number of townships in major city center’s nationwide. They aim to transform these townships into rich urban food forests, teeming with life and biodiversity.
This programme is also registered with the Verified Carbon Standard making it possible to utilise it as a carbon offset programme.