who are treekeepers cape town?

TreeKeepers is a citizens’ organisation that came together to protect big trees, initially in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.

We have formed a relationship (guided by a memorandum of agreement) with the City’s Recreation & Parks Department to help conserve and maintain the urban forest across Cape Town.

We assist fellow residents to look after mature trees in their gardens (view our leaflet) and to work with City Council staff to ensure that no trees along roads and on public land are cut down without good reason.

Donations of all kinds are welcome to help us achieve our aims.

Our aims include:

  • Promoting the wise maintenance and conservation of mature trees amongst residents and public.
  • Undertaking advocacy campaigns on the importance and benefits of trees in urban areas.
  • Mapping scientific and heritage data on significant trees and facilitating ‘Champion Tree’ and ‘Significant Tree’ status.
  • Supporting the training of City staff and accreditation of contractors and tree maintenance professionals.
  • Assisting schools and community groups to conserve and protect trees.
bark stripping
bark stripped fever tree
London plane tree

meet the treekeepers committee

Our TreeKeepers management committee is as follows: 

Clare Burgess (Chair); Hugh Tyrrell (Vice-Chair/Founder); Henk Egberink (Treasurer); Alison Coutras (Secretary).

We meet monthly and if you would like to join us, please email us:

hello@treekeeperscapetown.org.za or contact Alison Coutras at acoutras@mweb.co.za or on 021 671 0333 or 082 822 5550.

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