WELCOME TO THE 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?
– 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.
– About three quarters of fynbos species are endemic to their area – in other words, they grow nowhere else in the world.
– Fynbos grows in nutrient-poor soil, thereby creating entire ecosystems where many other vegetation types would not survive.
– 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.
– Fynbos plants, like other plants, mark the beginning of the life-providing oxygen cycle.
Thanks to all our #LoveFynbos photo competition entrants – you’ve shared the most fabulous fynbos photos. The competition is now closed, and we have our winner.
Our fabulous Vineyard judges have sifted through the fabulous fynbos photos. And as part of the #EarthDay celebrations, we can now announce our winner.
Are you a business – either big or small?
Do you want to protect South Africa’s precious fynbos heritage?
Businesses can now #AdoptAHectare on Flower Valley Farm, and receive a range of benefits.
and ensure the fynbos, indigenous forests, and all the animals and birds that live in it, are protected for a year.
Flower Valley Farm is home to a Cape Leopard (one of only a handful known to be living in the Overberg), and fynbos species found only in the area, and nowhere else on earth. As a business, you can now protect your own corner of this fynbos heaven.
In return, bring your corporate team to visit us, stay over at our joint venture, Fynbos Retreat, receive regular pictures from our camera traps on your hectares, and much more.
We’ve just criss-crossed Flower Valley Farm, as part of our update to the wonderful people who have adopted fynbos hectares.
Some of our lush Proteas are starting to show their faces, just ahead of the winter cold, like the King Protea. We also found an array of Ericas flowering, including the Erica plukenetti and the Erica vestita. The Mimetes cucullatus remains a sight to behold across the Flower Valley mountains, while the Leucadendron tinctum is now preparing itself before flowering in July. We also found lots of evidence of the rich fauna on our farm, with lots of antelope tracks. While the water continues to run in the forest, many of the streams have however run dry, and are now waiting for the winter rains to come.
WE PROMOTE GOOD FYNBOS LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT
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.