How well do you know your fynbos?
This Environment Day (Friday 5 June), the world takes Time for Nature (2020’s theme). So take a moment to test your fynbos knowledge (there are just 10 super quick questions). Do it simply #ForNature.
What percentage of South Africa does fynbos cover?
Fynbos covers just 6.7% of South Africa (around 85,000km square). Despite this, it has the highest number of plant species in comparison to other biomes in South Africa (and compared to most biomes globally).
What’s South Africa’s national flower?
Protea cynaroides, better known as the King Protea.
Fynbos is threatened on a daily basis by:
There are MANY threats to fynbos. These include climate change, invasive aliens and over-harvesting.
Which bird can only survive in fynbos – and will die out without it?
The Sugarbird is dependent on fynbos and feeds mainly off Proteas.
What fynbos species is only found on Flower Valley Farm and surrounds, and nowhere else in the world?
The critically endangered Erica irregularis is a special species to us, growing only on our farm and surrounds.
What flower is in Flower Valley’s logo?
We have a Pincushion in our logo
How many species grow in the Cape Floral Kingdom?
Our Kingdom has around 9600 different species - making it the most diverse kingdom in the world, isn’t that great?
What fynbos family has more than 6000 species, and includes plants like the irregularis and plukenetti?
The Erica family has more than 6000 species.
Fynbos loves fire – true or false?
Fynbos and fire work hand in hand and must happen in a controlled manner every 12 years or so to achieve the best results of fynbos regrowth.
The World Environment Day theme is:
Given unprecedented health considerations around the world as a result of COVID-19, it’s become clear that to care for ourselves, we MUST care for nature. So this World Environment Day, the theme is: It’s Time #ForNature.
Flower Valley Conservation Trust
Natural Resource Management: Sustainable Harvesting Programme
When fynbos is picked sustainably, you not only protect the fynbos kingdom for future generations, you also protect the livelihoods of those who harvest it.
For 17 years, Lesley Richardson has guided and led Flower Valley Conservation Trust as the Trust’s Executive Director, and in the past two years, as Fundraising and Partnership Development Manager.
The Pincushion Hill hiking trail is beautiful every day of the year. The trail is especially striking during the months of October and November, when the Leucospermum cordifolium and Leucospermum
The Wonky Hill Trail starts on the Flower Valley amphitheatre, just behind the farmstead beyond the dam.The trail has the same starting
Most of these wonderful aromas can be experienced on a hike through our fynbos. So if you head to Flower Valley Farm now, here’s what’s likely to light up your sense of smell.
When we saw that an intact pristine fynbos farm was threatened by potential agricultural expansion 21 years ago – you, our donors, stepped in to help. This purchase with the help of Fauna and Flora International, saw the birth of Flower Valley Conservation Trust.
At the height of the lockdown during the past four months, Flower Valley Conservation Trust had to react swiftly. At the time, the spotlight fell almost exclusively on the latter half of our vision: for life and livelihoods (our vision is: A fynbos-filled future for life and livelihoods).
Over the past two years, 138 fynbos harvesters received training in how to harvest fynbos sustainably. They were trained in their own home language (Afrikaans, isiXhosa and English).
“The response we received to our call for donations, was heartwarming and enabled us to meet the overwhelming need in these communities.”