Countdown starts to Adopt a Hectare

Time adoptahectareis running out to Adopt a Fynbos Hectare on Flower Valley Farm. The campaign – aimed at securing the resources to protect and conserve Flower Valley Farm for 2015 – ends on 7 December 2014.

Flower Valley Farm is the home of Flower Valley Conservation Trust, based outside Gansbaai in the Western Cape. The farm offers pristine fynbos-covered mountains and valleys, as well as a Stinkwood Forest. The farm is one of the few remaining properties that is still completely covered in fynbos and forests – despite the growing pressure on farming enterprises to diversify into other farming activities to boost profitability.

Flower Valley Farm was bought in 1999 by Fauna and Flora International, after they were donateapproached by a concerned individual followingthreats that the farm could be converted to viticulture. The Trust was set up then, initially to protect the many rare and endangered fynbos species found on the property. The Trust’s mandate grew over the years, and today Flower Valley promotes the sustainable harvesting of fynbos across the broader Cape Floral Kingdom. However, the farm remains the showcase for good land management and fynbos care.

In order to continue to protect the many rare fynbos species found here – including the Aloe juddii (a specie found nowhere else in the world), and the many animals and birds dependent on fynbos (including our resident Flower Valley Cape Leopard), the Trust is now raising R200,000 to protect the farm in 2015. The Trust is offering those who have adopted, the opportunity to visit their hectare, and have their name immortalised on Flower Valley Farm.

To the many Flower Valley Friends and Partners who have adopted one hectare or more – from the entire Flower Valley team, our thanks to you! We look forward to hosting you on Flower Valley Farm when you have the opportunity to visit us.