u-turn 25 birthday


We use plants to  facilitate recovery & reconnection


Save the date!

Join us Monday the 10th April for a family day launch of Living Roots plant nursery at Herschel Close Claremont. Expect loads of entertainment for the little ones.
Easter egg hunts, exploding clay with John Bauer, jumping castles and so much more. Bring your picnic baskets and join in on the family fun! 


Living Roots is a 360 degree “ecosystem” that incorporates relationships between housed and non-housed residents, creating meeting points for growth, meaningful change, and sustainable solutions to homelessness and urban conservation.

Our services

Indigenous plant sale

Water-wise, hardy and exquisite, South African indigenous plants are grown, cared for and sold by our Champs, offering amazing prices and excellent service. Retail hours here

Corporate Garden Services

Garden design, installation & maintenance. Lawn care & maintenance. Major garden clean-ups.  Garden Refuse Removal and Composting. Shrub and Tree Pruning. Enquire here

Community Organic Waste

City of Cape Town landfills are overflowing and will soon no longer be accepting organic waste. Drop off your waste and support all the work we do!

Greening Packages

We offer consultations, workshops and training, supply of appropriate water-wise and hardy indigenous plants, facilitation of “planting days” or installation of gardens. For Improvement Districts, Community Groups, Eco-Clubs and Corporates etc. Enquire here

Connect with us 

Meet Our Team



Meet Julia,

A conservation horticulturist with more than 12 years’ experience in ecological restoration and indigenous plant production. Worked for SANBI; Kirstenbosch, City of Cape Town Biodiversity, and the Millennium Seed Bank Project.

“Brokenness of nature, people and society is a bitter root that needs to be pulled out and replaced with LIVING ROOTS”



The Champions are formely homeless, and on the U-turn work-readiness programme which provides a work opportunity with on-the-job training, formal skills training, ongoing therapy and relapse prevention.



Meet Dimitri,

the foreman at Living Roots. He graduated from the U-turn Programme in 2021.

“My passion has always been working with plants and now I get to work with Champs, who are growing better roots aswell”