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Without your support the work of the Flower Valley Conservation Trust will not be possible.


The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries funds the ABI Alien Clearing Project, coordinated by Flower Valley Conservation Trust. This project allows clearing teams to remove invasive species on around 6000 hectares in the Overberg region, creating employment for approximately 150 project participants. The Department funds the salaries of the team members, as well as the transport to the clearing sites. Co-funding is provided by landowners involved in the project, as well as other philanthropic donors. 


The Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation supports Flower Valley Conservation Trust to achieve our vision: A Fynbos-filled future for life and livelihoods. During the past year, the Nussbaum Foundation supported the Sustainable Harvesting Programme. 


SANBI contributes to South Africa’s sustainable development by facilitating access to biodiversity data, generating information and knowledge, building capacity, providing policy advice, showcasing and conserving biodiversity in its national botanical and zoological gardens. SANBI has supported Flower Valley to remove emerging invasive alien plants on the Agulhas Plain.


The Fynbos Trust is situated in the Stanford area. The Trust facilitates landscape-scale conservation in the Overberg, providing support to organisations that actively protect the Cape Floral Kingdom, and that work in early childhood development. The Trust is headed up by Chris Martens, who has nearly four decades of experience in the conservation sector. Chris has managed nature reserves such as De Hoop and Grootvadersbosch, and throughout his career with CapeNature, focused on supporting landowners though the Stewardship programme.


These 3 top United Kingdom universities have supported Flower Valley’s work to promote sustainable fynbos. The universities have together funded various projects related to encouraging ethical trade in the sector. The team is led by Professor Alex Hughes, Professor Cheryl McEwan and Dr David Bek. For example, they played an integral role in the development of the i-Fynbos app – a tool that helps harvesters and landowners monitoring the impacts of harvesting over the long term. 


dsd-donorsThe Western Cape Department of Social Development is supporting the Flower Valley Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme. Through this support, the programme is working with five ECD centres across the Gansbaai region, to assist them to reach the standards set out by the Department. This has led to new skills and opportunities for 15 practitioners, and an improved learning environment for about 100 children.


The ApexHi Charitable Trust is committed to supporting development initiatives that are directed towards the alleviation of poverty and the development of communities in South Africa. The Trust invests money from an established endowment fund into reputable projects and non-profit organisations working in the fields of early childhood development and community strengthening. 


The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) is established in terms of the Lotteries Act which designates members of the Board as trustees of the NLDTF. It is their job to safeguard this money, invest it wisely, and ensure that it is put to the best possible use to benefit good causes. The NLDTF has supported Flower Valley Conservation Trust to coordinate the sustainable harvesting of Fynbos, and support the livelihoods of Fynbos harvesters.


The Millennium Trust was established in 2010 as a non-profit organisation with the aim of contributing to the success of South Africa. South Africa needs sustained economic growth, high-quality education, informed public debate, independent democratic institutions and efficient service delivery to be successful.  The Trust conducts its own projects and also supports individuals, projects and organisations that provide interesting and creative answers to these challenges.

vivoVivolicious is a vibrant and stylish active wear brand. Their creative original designs are inspired by nature and human emotions. A flattering look is achieved by paying meticulous attention to design detail. By not using generic prints, but instead morphing art into fabric, the apparel has an original individuality to it. Using only the best imported dry-tech fabrics, the quality is outstanding. Vivolicious apparel gets tested by athletes to ensure it is fully functional for hard core training and competing. Yet, pretty and comfortable so that you can wear it beyond sweaty workouts, as funky street wear. Nature. Sport. Creativity. It comes together in Vivolicious active wear. A proudly SA brand. Vivolicious strives to make a real difference by donating a percentage of their profits to the Flower Valley Conservation Trust for fynbos conservation in the Cape Floristic Region.

Pick n Pay has partnered Flower Valley Conservation since 2003, and today that partnership continues. The South African retail giant provides a percentage of the profit on fynbos bouquets that are picked by harvesters who promote responsible and ethical fynbos harvesting, as well as on their Flower Valley Conservation Trust recycling bags. These funds are used to coordinate the Flower Valley Sustainable Harvesting Programme, and to train fynbos harvesters to pick responsibly.


Orca is a local family-run internet business based in the Overstrand district. Orca Wireless provides internet support to Flower Valley Conservation Trust.


The Drakenstein Trust is a trust focused on invasive alien plant eradication. The Trust supports the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative Alien Clearing Coordination Unit, currently overseen by Flower Valley. Aliens pose one of the greatest threats to our region’s biodiversity, while promoting climate change. However, invasive alien eradication is useless if clearing is not coordinated wasting the already scarce funding that is available. This vital grant therefore ensures all stakeholders across the Agulhas Plain and greater Overberg coordinate their alien clearing activities, while allowing the unit to source funding to address the spread of aliens across the region.


Children’s Yoga Tree aims to bring exceptional yoga teaching into primary and secondary schools and help families from all backgrounds discover the benefits of yoga. The organisation is based in the United Kingdom. They are supporting the Dolfyntjies Early Childhood Development Centre, based in Pearly Beach.


We also receive smaller donations from individuals and philanthropists who are not listed here. We are extremely appreciative of your support too.

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The Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI) is a landscape initiative working in the Overberg region in the Western Cape of South Africa. The primary objective of ABI is to foster biodiversity through sustainable and integrated socio-cultural-, economic and environmental development in the Overberg. ABI is a voluntary association, and is made up of partners operating across the landscape, from private land users and land user groups, to conservation authorities, NGOs and government departments. ABI supports the Cape Action for People and the Environment.

pnp-donorsIn 1997, at the 30th anniversary of the founding of Pick n Pay, the Board of Directors of Pick n Pay Stores Limited set aside funding for philanthropic purposes. The Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation was established as a corporate foundation to make a measurable contribution to sustainable development skills by:

  • enhancing and developing skills
  • supporting projects which encourage entrepreneurship, self-reliance and provide employment opportunities

The Flower Valley Conservation Trust initially benefited through a grant from the Foundation in support of the research and social development programmes of the Trust and CapeNature. Today, Pick n Pay continues to sell sustainably harvested fynbos bouquets in stores in South Africa.


Nal’ibali is a reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading. The campaign values the power of language and cultural relevance in literacy development. As such, Nal’ibali promotes reading and writing in mother tongue languages. Children (and adults) should understand what they are listening to, or reading, for it to be meaningful and enjoyable. Our Early Childhood Development Programme works with Nal’iBali to support reading clubs at our centres across the Overstand region.


Cape Action for People and the Environment (C.A.P.E.) is a partnership of government and civil society aimed at conserving and restoring the biodiversity of the Cape Floristic Region and the adjacent marine environment, while delivering significant benefits to the people of the region. In addition to coordinating and providing strategic direction to conservation functions, the C.A.P.E. programme has also enabled donor funding to be channelled into new areas of work and exciting new approaches to conservation. The C.A.P.E. partnership programme is coordinated through the C.A.P.E. Coordination Unit which is hosted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and its fynbos biome programme. The C.A.P.E. Coordination Unit is located at the Centre for Biodiversity Conservation, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town.


CapeNature is a public institution responsible for biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape. The organisation therefore promotes and ensures nature conservation; and renders services and provides facilities for research and training. CapeNature is responsible for allocating licences to harvesters. CapeNature supports Flower Valley Conservation Trust as the NGO that actively works with land users and harvesters to meet best practice environmental principles, through the Sustainable Harvesting Programme.


In 2014, the two major fynbos industry bodies, the South African Protea Producers and Exporters Association (SAPPEX) and the Protea Producers of South Africa (PPSA) amalgamated, to create Cape Flora SA. Cape Flora SA is a non-profit company registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC). This non-profit company will continue to represent both cultivated fynbos harvesters and wild fynbos harvesters.


Founded in 1903, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was the world’s first international conservation organisation and the pioneering work of its founders in Africa led to the creation of numerous protected areas. Expanding beyond its African origins, FFI succeeded in giving conservation a voice on the international stage, drawing worldwide attention to the plight of rare and endangered species. The organisation is renowned for its innovative, landmark programmes, many of which have come to be regarded as classic examples of conservation practice. A distinctive feature of FFI is its focus on working with local communities to help them develop the capacity to conserve their own biodiversity whilst also improving their wellbeing long into the future.


The Grootbos Foundation is a non-profit organisation, established in 2003 with the vision of conserving the Cape Floral Kingdom and uplifting the communities therein. It is their mission to conserve the unique Cape Floral Kingdom, and to develop sustainable livelihoods through ecotourism, enterprise development, sports development and education. They create sustainable project models which are replicable and scalable in order to assist the communities that surround them, and those in other regions. Many of their projects generate their own income and/or are partially self-sustaining.


Marks & Spencer in the UK buys and sells fynbos bouquets harvested under the Sustainable Harvesting Programme. These ‘flowers with a difference’ form part of Marks & Spencer’s Plan A. Through Plan A, M&S is aiming to become the world’s most sustainable major retailer, with Plan A including 180 commitments to achieve by 2015. The partnership between the Sustainable Harvesting Programme and M&S has been ongoing for more than a decade.  

sanparks_partnerSouth African National Parks manages parks across the country that represent the indigenous fauns, flora, landscapes and associated cultural heritage. SANParks officials are represented on the Sustainable Harvesting Programme Steering Committee, and are actively promoting sustainable harvesting in parks where fynbos is picked for the markets.

olct_partnerThe Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust works with landowners, communities, wildlife agencies and NGOs to conserve the last remnants of lowland renosterveld in strategic locations. The Trust works to ensure living landscapes in the Overberg’s wheat-bel, educate and create awareness, and undertake key renosterveld research. The Trust has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Flower Valley to cooperate across the landscape.

The GEF Fynbos Fire Project aims to reduce the risk of wildfire in the Fynbos Biome by building the capacity of Fire Protection Associations (FPAs) and communities at risk to undertake Intergrated Fire Management (IFM). The GEF Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) has granted $3.5m over thee years to this project, aimed at facilitating the move to IFM. Flower Valley Conservation Trust is represented on the Fynbos Fire Project board.
siza_partnerThe SIZA programme was established as a pro-active response by the South African fruit industry under the mantle of Fruit South Africa to promote sound and ongoing improvement of ethical labour practices on South African fruit farms and pack houses. It is an holistic programme that identifies problems that may exist, usually by way of an independent third party audit and responds with appropriate support and interventions, including awareness-raising and relevant capacity-building programmes. While the SIZA programme has been initiated by the fruit industry, it is applicable and open to all agricultural industries in South Africa. Flower Valley encourages members of the Sustainable Harvesting Programme to join SIZA, and is working with SIZA as it develops environmental guidelines.
saep_partnerThe South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP) empowers young people who are neglected by South Africa’s education system. Through tutoring, enrichment and support, SAEP gives impoverished learners the tools to reach their potential and uplift their communities. Flower Valley joined forces with SAEP in developing a new learning programme for young children from birth to four years of age, called the Milkwood Learning Programme.
beeming_partnerBeaming Kids Academy of Life educates and empowers parents and teachers to share mind, body and spirit awareness with children. The products, programmes and training encourages parents to share healthy behaviours and a holistic lifestyle with children so they grow to be fulfilled, balanced and empowered adults. Beaming Kids partnered with Flower Valley’s Early Childhood Development Programme in the development of the Milkwood Learning Programme.  Characters created by the Beaming Kids team have been used in the programme.

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