One tree starts a forest

by Schools Environmental Education and Development (SEED)


The Project skills up Community Foresters to plant and care for 2500 hardy productive indigenous trees in Mitchells Plain in the Cape Flats. Trees will be planted with beginning of the rains in April.
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The Cape Flats was birthed out to the Apartheid system and began as a "dumping ground" for people of color. It is now home to 2 million people with an unemployment rate of 50-90%. All the related problems of vandalism, poverty, drug abuse, gang culture, child abuse are rife. There is little connection to the environment, many areas are shack-lands and sub-standard housing. The Cape Flats is built on beach sand and has a harsh climate - prone to flooding and extreme wind.


This project will build social cohesion while transforming the living environment. Food and shade while providing aesthetic, calming and healing benefits. Reduction of global warming, carbon emissions and noise dampening. Biodiversity regeneration.

Long-Term Impact

2500 multi-function tree planted in the Cape Flats. Employment and training of 100 urban foresters. Beautify Cape Flats as a model. Empowerment of local environmental groups. Community-based micro enterprise nursery kicked off.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).



Organization Information

Schools Environmental Education and Development (SEED)

Location: Cape Town, Western Cape - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​
Schools Environmental Education and Development (SEED)
Project Leader:
Leigh Brown Brown
Co-founder & director
Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa

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