A few short years down the line, and Hennie as become our EIGHTH landowner to sign a conservation easement with the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust (ORCT). In fact, Hennie has signed TWO easements for his properties: Melk Houte Bosch and Napkysmond.
The FIRST World Biodiversity Forum brings some of the world’s top researchers and scientists together in Davos, Switzerland in February. And among them is Dr Odette Curtis-Scott, Director of the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust.
Today we celebrate Valentine’s Day, the festival of romance and love celebrated worldwide. It is also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, dating back to the 14th Century within the circles of Geoffrey Chaucer.
Two years ago, I moved with my husband and soon-to-be-born baby to a 4-ha smallholding on the edge of Napier. The previous owners had farmed goats here and what remained of the veld areas on this property appeared to be quite ‘hammered’ by the goats and I had little hope that there would be much left.
The Cape Agulhas Municipality has committed to protect a total of 80 hectares of Critically Endangered lowland Renosterveld and Fynbos forever. The municipality signed a Conservation Easement with the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust (ORCT) on Tuesday, 3 December 2019. The signing took place in Bredasdorp.
Our Haarwegskloof Renosterveld Reserve has allowed us NOT ONLY to protect Renosterveld. It has also become home to the only Renosterveld Research Centre in the world. Already more than 12 post-graduate students have used and benefited from this centre, converted following a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2014.