Please Prevent Fernkloof being turned into a Theme Park!


Many readers are no doubt aware of the current proposals for the so-called upgrades to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve (FNR).  These can be viewed at the following website:

The public is urged to lodge objections, as this development is likely to cause huge damage to the FNR.  These can be sent to

My own response (which has been registered) was;

As a member of the Hermanus Botanical Society and a keen walker, amateur botanist, photographer and birder, I wish to state my strong objection to the plans presented for the further development of Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

This reserve is world-renowned for its dedication to preserving the integrity of our natural heritage and serves as a window into the fascinating flora and fauna of the region.  All it requires in terms of future development is the retention and upkeep of its wonderful network of paths, which allow the public…

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An Interesting Moraea

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When I saw a small yellow Moraea on the plot nearby and wrote about it in my blog ‘An Empty Plot’ I had trouble identifying it and eventually settled on M neglecta, knowing that the latter…

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Kanonkop after the Rain

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What weather!  Monday was a real summer day and hot as could be.  Today, however, loomed cold and windy, as we had a cold front passing through last night and it brought some very welcome rain. …

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An Empty Plot?

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There is an empty plot measuring only around 400 square metres close to our house in Prestwick Village, Hermanus.  At first glance one might think that it does not deserve a second glance, however, this morning…

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Fairies at the Flower Festival

‘Recycled fairies’ were seen flitting about at the Flower Festival!

Created by MJ Hooper out of an array of colourful recycled materials – they stood 1m tall, in a dazzling array of fashion! Their names were Dilly Dolly Do, Miss Esmeralda, Magical Milly, Brave Khwezi and Fairy Fey.

The Fairy Garden stall was a hit with visiting children, who were able to create their own fairy gardens from a selection of fynbos flowers, moss, bark, toy toadstools, swings and stepping stones.


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Flower Festival Helpers

There are many people who work hard to get the Annual Flower Festival up and running and these guys really put in a big effort.  Well done!

Backroom boys

Robert, John, Johnny and Andrew

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More on the Flower Festival

The show begins tomorrow, and the workers are still hard at it making the final adjustments that will ensure that our visitors get a world-class event!  It really is wonderful the way the volunteers put in so much hard work, not only at the festival, but throughout the year.  Well done to all of you!!

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