Flower Valley TURNS 20 years old – and continues its work to protect fynbos landscapes, and support early childhood development.
Flower Valley launches the i-Fynbos application – a tool to help landowner and harvesters monitor their harvesting impacts over time. The app is the first of its kind in the fynbos industry, and is supported through funding from the Durham and Newcastle Universities.
The Flower Valley Early Learning Centre on Flower Valley Farm closes its doors. The main reason was rising transport costs, to bring children to the site on the farm. The site was transformed into a hub to facilitate environmental education.
The Flower Valley Early Childhood Development Programme turns 18 – reaching five centres across the Overstrand region. Flower Valley also launches a home-based care programme.
Flower Valley Conservation Trust turns 15!
At the same time, Flower Valley receives new donor support to roll out the Sustainable Harvesting Programme beyond the Agulhas Plain – the initial pilot area. The three new areas are the West Coast, the Riversdale-area and the Boland.
The packshed that sells sustainably harvested fynbos, Fynsa, closes its doors. The closure, while disappointing, sets Flower Valley on a new path to develop new partnerships and renewed support for the Sustainable Harvesting Programme across the supply chain.
Flower Valley, as coordinator of ABI, starts coordinating the ABI Alien Clearing Project, following the launch of the Land User Incentive Scheme by the Department of Environmental Affairs. Funding is secured for the next three years to clear invasive alien plants on the Agulhas Plain.
Flower Valley Conservation Trust becomes a signatory to the Cape Action for People and the Environment.
Fynbos Retreat, the tourism joint venture between Flower Valley and Grootbos, is officially launched in November. Fynbos Retreat is situated on Witvoetskloof Farm, offering self-catering accommodation facilities for visitors and tourists. Fynbos Retreat is well-received at the launch, and today still continues to enjoy strong support.