What we do
Flower Valley Farm
Flower Valley Farm is the home of Flower Valley Conservation Trust. It’s a Fynbos Reserve – a 540-hectare property based just outside the town of Gansbaai (close to Hermanus) in the Western Cape of South Africa.
Here you’ll experience flourishing fynbos and forests:
A walk through our upper slopes will lead you through Critically Endangered Overberg Sandstone Fynbos – characterised by Proteas, Ericas and Restios.
Agulhas Limestone Fynbos
Closer to the farmstead, you’ll find Agulhas Limestone Fynbos (listed as Vulnerable) – dominated by taller proteoid shrubland.
Afromontane indigenous forest
Our Afromontane indigenous forest, called the Stinkhoutsbos Forest, is located in a valley on the farm. The tall ancient trees here are made up of Olinia ventosa, Rapanea melanophloeos and Celtis Africana – and are reminiscent (albeit smaller in size) of the great forests of the south coast.
Our wetland patches are connected to our perennial streams – providing water for our wildlife throughout the year (many are fed by a permanent spring).
Flower Valley Farm
There are more than 400 fynbos species on Flower Valley Farm – many Critically Endangered, and some ONLY found on our Fynbos Reserve and surrounds, and nowhere else globally.
Flower Valley Farm also provides a sanctuary to many wildlife species
The difference between an average photograph and an eye-catching one doesn’t necessarily require you to buy a new camera.
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.
The Coronavirus may have ended our first year of the new ABI Alien Clearing Project, implemented by Flower Valley Conservation Trust, earlier than we had planned.
Did you know that exposure to plants can boost your health? And in times of lockdown – they can especially support your mental and emotional health.
A new study has highlighted the importance of Silver Brunia (Brunia laevis) as an economic driver for fynbos harvesters. And the potential threats this could hold for the species – and for fynbos pickers.
It’s quite simply not that easy to remove any invasive alien plant. Each species requires a different technique to try to prevent it from re-growing.
Three new and emerging invasive alien species are being targeted on the Agulhas Plain. The plan is to rid the area of these three species – before they spread beyond their current farm boundaries, threatening our region’s biodiversity.
Climbing a fynbos mountain daily, seeing wildlife up close and personal? That’s exactly what fynbos harvesting teams do every day while picking stems for the market.
Fynbos offers a number of tasty foodie options. So on World Food Day (16 October), we’re taking a slightly different view of fynbos – to see how to use fynbos in food (responsibly, of course), and some of the medicinal benefits.
The Sustainable Harvesting team has received additional support to test new fynbos monitoring methods. A field monitor, Daylene van Riet has joined the team. She will now work with fynbos harvesters who are members of the Sustainable Harvesting Programme, together testing the field monitoring method and capturing fynbos harvesting data.
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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.
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.