Fynbos was the star feature at the Europe Day celebrations, held in Pretoria on Monday 9 May.

Flower Valley Conservation Trust promoted sustainably-harvested fynbos at the event. The celebrations were attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Senzeni Zokwana and ambassadorial heads based in Pretoria.

Two fynbos harvesters, Sylvia Ndoda and Hannelien October met with delegates on Monday. Along with Flower Valley’s Kathy O’Grady, they showcased fynbos that is picked with care – thereby protecting both the landscape and livelihoods. The harvesters also showed attendees how to make a fynbos bouquet.

Europe Day is celebrated across the world. It marks the anniversary of the Schuman declaration – and marks a day of unity and peace in Europe.

The European Union has partnered Flower Valley Conservation Trust through the Sustainable Harvesting Programme, and is supporting the rollout of the Sustainable Harvesting Programme across the Cape Floral Kingdom.