Schotsche Kloof Forest
Reconnecting children to Nature.
Located in this historic Bo Kaap district, this forest calls Schotsche Kloof Primary School its home. It has transformed a disused, unloved plot into a haven for biodiversity in this Cape Town suburb.
The forest provides important educational - and pastoral - enrichment to the school community, to pupils and teachers alike, who are able to observe rewilding in progress and take joy from having their own forest a stone’s throw away from their classrooms.
Forest Report: 2023
Average of Tallest 3 Trees
Each week, a different class has the opportunity to water the forest. The school takes pride in their forest and the children are very eager when it comes to their turn to water the forest. The forest is still young and the principal and teachers look forward to the cooling effects that the shade will bring as it grows.
Planting: March 2023
“We are excited about rewilding an unused and degraded plot on the slopes of Signal Hill. It will be the first urban forest in the city of Cape Town.”
Aghmad Gamieldien, SUGi Forest Maker
Why Schotsche Kloof Forest?
The forest supplements the studies of pupils at a formative time in their educational lives. The aim is to cultivate a deep connection, appreciation and enthusiasm to Nature amongst these children, which they can take out into the world in the future.