Our vision

A fynbos-filled future for life and livelihoods

The Flower Valley Conservation Trust is celebrating 21 years of protecting natural fynbos landscapes and improving livelihoods across the Fynbos Biome; and providing better quality and access to Early Childhood Development services for children in the Overstrand district. Our areas of work:

Sustainable Fynbos Harvesting

Invasive Alien Clearing 

Early Childhood Development 

Flower Valley Farm

WHAT IS FYNBOS?

9000

There are more than 9,000 different plant species in the Cape Floral Kingdom – including our national flower (the King Protea).

Cape Floral Kingdom

Fynbos makes up the largest part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. This kingdom is the smallest of the six global floral kingdoms. And it’s the only one found in one country.

But fynbos is now a hotspot for plant extinctions

 

Since 1900, 37 species have been lost in the Western Cape of South Africa (the home of fynbos). That’s the second highest number of plant extinctions in the world.

Threats include

– Invasive alien plants
– Conversion to agriculture
– Unsustainable use
– A changing climate and urbanisation

Flower Valley Conservation Trust

Our Reach

75000

 Sustainably harvested fynbos hectares

5700

 Hectares cleared of invasive aliens per year

1051

Children impacted per year by the ECD Programme

200

Capacity building in the green economy

150

Invasive alien clearing livelihoods secured

62

Families receiving ECD home-based support

21 YEARS: A FYNBOS CELEBRATION

We turn 21 this year! And how we’ve grown over these past 21 years. Our journey started in 1999 on Flower Valley Farm (the home of the Trust), based just outside Gansbaai in the Western Cape. Back then, our staff contingent came to 5 people, who were responsible for managing the farm. Over the next 21 years, the Flower Valley Conservation Trust team grew to 20. And today, while we’re based on Flower Valley Farm, we work across the Cape Floral Kingdom – protecting fynbos landscapes, improving fynbos livelihoods, and providing Early Childhood Development opportunities to children in the Overstrand region.

Our Story

It all started for Flower Valley Conservation Trust when a beautiful fynbos farm was threatened with conversion to agriculture. In order to protect this 540-hectare farm, urgent action was needed. Flower Valley’s former Executive Director, Lesley Richardson, explains.

#COVID19: A message from our Acting Executive Director

Coronavirus and fynbos: How we’re dealing with the crisis

Even at the most southerly tip of Africa, the impacts of COVID-19 are being felt acutely.

For Flower Valley Conservation Trust, we see it most clearly in our communities we work with. Flower Valley’s role has always been to protect our natural world THROUGH people. Everything we do to achieve our vision: A fynbos-filled future for life and livelihoods, takes place by working with people. Read more

– Roger Bailey

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In the Bailey household, we take Valentine’s Day pretty seriously. At the very least, my wife ‘expects’ (although I try to surprise her) a beautiful bouquet of flowers – preferably fynbos.

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   Act today for fynbos

Fynbos faces extreme threats.
Many fynbos species have already gone extinct.
Others literally stand on the brink of extinction.
ACT TODAY, to stop the extinction spiral of this truly South African floral heritage.

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  Act today for Early Childhood Development

Quality early childhood development is vital for the social and intellectual wellbeing of our children and their future.
But many children across the Overstrand do not have access to these services.
HELP give these children the best possible start through ECD.

SUPPORT NOW

Fynbos faces extreme threats. Many fynbos species have already gone extinct. Others literally stand on the brink of extinction. Act today, to stop the extinction spiral of this truly South African floral heritage.

Quality early childhood development is vital for the social and intellectual wellbeing of our children. But many children across the Overstrand do not have access to this. Help give these children the best possible start through ECD.

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