Join us for a guided Social Responsibility Tour of the Grootbos Foundation which forms part of the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve on Saturday 17 August 2013.
A two hour drive from Cape Town, 13 km past Stanford, nestled between mountain and sea, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a five-star eco-paradise showcasing the incredible Flora and Marine life of the Southern Tip of Africa. It is home of the “Marine Big 5” – whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins; and with unparalleled floral diversity.
The non-profit Grootbos Foundation was established during 2003 to run the Grootbos environmental and social development programmes and has as its mission: The conservation of the biodiversity of Grootbos and its surrounds & the development of sustainable nature-based livelihoods through ecotourism, research, management and education.
The key projects developed by the foundation to achieve its goals are: Green Futures, Growing the Future, the Youth Development Programme and Future Trees.
The Green Futures Project is a Horticulture and Life Skills College that provides an annual training programme to 12 unemployed young adults from the Gansbaai area. Ultimately, the aim of the course is to give these carefully selected candidates the skills and confidence necessary to market themselves and become employable while at the same time contributing to the conservation and promotion of our region’s unique biodiversity.
The Growing the Future Project is an Organic Food Production and Life Skills certification course that provides an annual training programme to 8 unemployed women from the Gansbaai area. Growing the Future believes that urban food production can not only provide for the basic human right of access to adequate food, but also be a route to levering other outcomes such as: an income, a road to employment and enterprise, education and community coherence.
The Future Trees Project aims to rehabilitate an area destroyed by fire in 2006 as well as other forest areas on Grootbos that have been impacted by human activity. The 2006 fire on Grootbos not only destroyed Forest Lodge but also a large area of the ancient Milkwood forest behind the lodge. The fire struck at midday under extremely hot and dry conditions. Many magnificent specimens up to 800 years old were lost.
Our visit will start at 10am and comprise a visit to the Green Futures and Growing the Future projects, lunch at Forest Lodge followed by a Milkwood Forest walk with the planting of a Milkwood Tree at 14.30. There will also be an opportunity to purchase plants at the indigenous nursery.
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