Welcome to Flower Valley Conservation Trust
We work to secure our often-threatened fynbos landscapes, and protect those whose livelihoods depend on fynbos. Many fynbos species have already been lost, and more than 1000 are endangered.
Why should you care?
Because fynbos is the main vegetation type of the Cape Floral Kingdom – one of only six floral kingdoms in the world, and it’s the smallest and richest of the kingdoms.
Because about three quarters of fynbos species are endemic to their area – in other words, they grow nowhere else in the world.
Because fynbos grows in nutrient-poor soil, thereby creating entire ecosystems where many other vegetation types would not survive.
Because fynbos provides life for many animal and bird species, like the beautiful Cape sugarbird, (which is endemic to fynbos regions), and many types of very threatened butterfly species.
Because fynbos plants, like other plants, mark the beginning of the life-providing oxygen cycle.
FLOWER VALLEY CONSERVATION TRUST
So, to counter the threats to fynbos, we promote good fynbos landscape management. That means promoting the responsible picking of fynbos for the markets, keeping fynbos landscapes clear of invasive alien plants and encouraging environmental awareness as part of a holistic education – particularly for children prior to primary school.
We do this by working with land users, conservation authorities, government, and a host of other vital partners, in a number of programmes:
• The Sustainable Harvesting Programme – a programme based on science that helps harvesters pick fynbos responsibly, while encouraging informed buying of fynbos bouquets with retailers.
• The Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI) – a landscape initiative currently coordinated by Flower Valley Conservation Trust that operates across the Overberg.
• The ABI Alien Clearing Project – where we work with land users, land user groups and government to clear thousands of hectares of aliens, while facilitating hundreds of jobs.
• The Flower Valley Early Childhood Development Programme – supporting five early childhood development centres to provide the best possible education for 0 – 6 year olds.
• The Flower Valley Early Learning Centre – serving 27 children in our Centre on Flower Valley Farm.
Flower Valley Conservation Trust is based on Flower Valley Farm, near Gansbaai – a botanical treasure in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom in the Western Cape of South Africa. We’re a registered public benefit and non-profit organisation.