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There’s a lot going on in South Africa right now. It makes one feel uncertain. And that’s never a nice feeling.
But despite political turmoil, there are some definites we can rely on. Like South Africa’s value in terms of our environment. It’s well known we’re in the top 10 biodiversity-rich countries in the world.
And our fynbos plays a major role in that status. It’s a reason to be so proud of our natural heritage here.
So when International Plant Appreciation Day comes around, we’re at the forefront of the celebrations. It’s on Thursday (but we’ll celebrate all week. Just keep an eye on our social media). And we hope you’ll find your own way to celebrate our very unique fynbos – and the role we should all play in protecting it.
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There’s a lot of resolve needed to meet the challenges faced by non-profit organisations. For us, it’s so gratifying when our work results in positive change.
Like seeing fynbos landscapes cared for by wonderful partners, or seeing young children connecting in new ways with nature.
So a very special thank you to all our donors, friends and supporters for all that you have done for us this year. We can’t take on this crucial work without your help.
A gift that truly gives
There are loads of ways for you to get involved in fynbos conservation. Like giving a gift to a friend or to family that will protect fynbos for a year. We’ve made it possible for you to Adopt a Hectare for someone else this Christmas – a gift that truly gives. Please check here for more.
We hope you have a beautiful festive season with family and friends. We’re looking forward to connecting with you in 2017.
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It’s Mandela Month. And here at Flower Valley, we’ll be giving 67 minutes of our time to the children of the Strandveld region on Monday (18 July). We’ll be building, painting, dry-walling and more at the five Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres that Flower Valley supports, as part of our ECD Programme.
We’d be thrilled if you could join us, either by giving time or resources this Mandela Day. We’ve got more info below.
Share your story with us
Then in August, we celebrate Women’s Month. Here at Flower Valley, we work with some of the most inspiring women, like our ECD practitioners. These are women who have given up so much to help young children.
We’ll be bringing you four stories, of four such women, in the weeks heading up to Women’s Day (9 August). We’d love your thoughts and comments on their stories.
And please tell us your own story (#ShareYourStory) – we’d love to share some of your inspiring narratives. Watch our website (www.flowervalley.org.za) and social media for more.
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With winter creeping ever closer, Flower Valley Farm is preparing itself to show off its magnificent winter fynbos colours.
On a recent walk through our farm’s fynbos, we came across the first flowering Protea compactas and King Proteas. We were even joined by a Klipspringer enjoying the autumn air. It is scenes like this that we work to protect – not only on Flower Valley Farm, but across the Cape Floral Kingdom.
But we face challenges in achieving this, from invasive alien plants to the conversion of remaining fynbos habitat for other uses. It’s our work to address these and other fynbos threats. But we need your help. Up to now, you’ve been able to help by Adopting a Hectare on Flower Valley Farm. Now businesses can also get involved.
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Flower Valley is celebrating the hard work put in by our fynbos lovers, through our Adopt a Hectare campaign. And the award given to our Flower Valley Early Childhood Development Coordinator Gabbi Jonker. This and more in our latest newsletter.
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We’re extremely proud that our region – Gansbaai – recently won the African Responsible Tourism Awards, showcasing how tourism can improve lives and protect the environment, while offering tourists an enjoyable stay.
For us, it’s a great opportunity to highlight the beautiful fynbos found on Flower Valley Farm and surrounds, and the work taking place here to protect it. That means promoting responsible picking of fynbos, and facilitating the clearing of the invasive alien plants that grow in our fynbos landscapes.
Our day-to-day work also includes encouraging our children to value nature, and the beauty of our area. And we support this through our Flower Valley Early Childhood Development Programme. So we’re extremely grateful for the support we’ve received from the Overstrand Mayor’s Trust Fund, through the Overstrand Classic Golf Day – where funds were raised to resource three of the five centres in the Programme, all based in the Gansbaai region, with essential items. From Flower Valley, our sincere thanks to all who were involved in making this happen.
What a year it’s been for Flower Valley Conservation Trust. We celebrated our 15th birthday; we’ve announced a new Patron in Suzanne Ackerman-Berman; and we ramped up our efforts to promote responsible fynbos picking – through new support from the European Union and the WWF-South Africa Green Trust.
The Sustainable Harvesting Programme – initially only tested and then implemented on the Agulhas Plain – is now reaching into new harvesting areas across the Cape Floral Kingdom. Through our new extension capacity, fynbos suppliers and harvesters are supported to better see the impact of harvesting on their veld, and to, where needed, actively take on their journey towards sustainability. They’re also receiving support to meet social and labour best practice standards – as required by the law and by retailers across the world.
Our Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI) Alien Clearing Project, coordinated by Flower Valley, also continued to tackle invasive alien plants across the Agulhas Plain – one of the biggest threats to our biodiversity. A further 30,000 hectares are being cleared in the second year, creating some 250 jobs.
To the Department of Environmental Affairs, the land owner groups involved in the project, and other partners, such as CapeNature, SANParks and the Overstrand Municipality – a huge thank you. By working together, we can achieve so much more to ensure our natural resources are protected and our land is well managed.
Our ABI Small Grants Facility, funded by the Table Mountain Fund (an associated Trust of WWF-SA) is now providing support to five new community-based projects in the Overberg. The aim of the project is to encourage the integration of conservation-related activities into local municipalities. We’re excited to see how the five new projects will use their funding, to ultimately support the protection of our rich biodiversity.
Our role in Early Childhood Development, in partnership with the Overstrand Municipality and the Western Cape Department of Social Development, has now allowed us to reach 125 children, and 17 practitioners – providing them with improved facilities, while building capacity where we can. It’s already clear to see how our role here is benefiting communities in this Strandveld area – and how the lives of children and teachers are being improved.
Finally – we launched a campaign to encourage Flower Valley friends to adopt a hectare of fynbos on Flower Valley Farm. The campaign sought to raise the funds we need to protect our farm in 2015. Although the campaign has ended, you can still adopt a fynbos hectare as part of our efforts to protect the farm. Ensuring our farm remains a pristine fynbos haven requires considerable input. And we received the most wonderful support from our friends during the time the campaign ran. A huge thank you to all who adopted one or more hectares. We look forward to hosting you on our farm soon!
In the meantime, we wish you all a wonderful festive season and a restful break. We look forward to working with you come 2015 – as we continue to strive towards well protected natural resources, and in particular, well cared for fynbos fields.
Flower Valley: Intervening to help protect our biodiversity.
It’s great when conservation and social efforts lead to tangible results. For Flower Valley, that includes being part of the partnership that cleared 25,000 hectares of land of invasive alien plants in under a year. And playing our role in opening a new Early Childhood Development Centre in Masakhane. It’s exciting times for us, and we hope you enjoy some of our news and highlights shared below.
Latest Flower Valley News April 2o14 is now available.
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Sustainable harvesting in fynbos is set to become available to new areas in the Cape Floral Kingdom, even as the Sustainable Harvesting Programme undergoes a small facelift. And Flower Valley’s work with children takes an exciting turn, following a community decision to open an Early Childhood Development Centre in Masekhane.
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September 2013 is now available.
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