With over 83% of Earth’s wild mammal and 50% of plant populations lost to human overpopulation and overconsumption, urgent environmental action is required to protect our planet for future generations.
Most of the damage arises in cities, which contain over half of the world’s population crammed into less than 3% of the earth’s surface. For the same reasons, cities also provide a backdrop for environmental education to have its greatest impact.
A critical first step is reconnecting people with nature, thereby cultivating care for the local environment. Bridging the divide between suburbia and rural wilderness through ecologically sound, educational and informative public biodiversity gardens is a key method of bringing the ‘wild’ back into our cities and everyday life. The FUNDA FYNBOS Veld Circle Project provides a model for such integration by linking environmental education, recreation and habitat restoration in aesthetically structured, open access creative spaces – veld circles – that close the gap between gardens and wildlands.
These plants are displayed, together with comprehensive signage, in a sizeable, radially symmetrical flower design. The circular design has been chosen as a symbol of wholeness to represent the restoration of a healthy fynbos ecosystem.
Conservation education (“FUNDA” = isiXhosa ‘learn’) – veld circles serve as outdoor classrooms showcasing plants of the original veld type at the site combined with interpretive signage
Recreation (“FUN”) – inviting, aesthetically appealing space with central play and picnic area
Fynbos habitat restoration (“FYNBOS”) – each veld circle will restore local wildlife habitat and serve as a biodiversity stepping stone
Bank name Nedbank
Account name FYNBOSLIFE
Account number 1127617079
Branch code 198765
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Support us with a CoralBloom fynbos floral face mask or any CoralBloom textile homeware products (tea towels, napkin sets and table runners) – designed by Dr Michelle Jooste with botanical illustrations by Ann C. Jooste and Megan L. Jooste for our collaboration range exclusive to Happy by Nature. 5% of your purchase proceeds will be donated to FynbosLIFE. View options
Would you like to create your own community or school garden? Why not start your own fundraising campaign for our Cape Flats Fynbos Nursery to grow plants for your project’s original veld type?
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Receiving the John Winter Prize for Best Stand on Show from Botanical Society of South Africa Chairperson Dirk Müller, at the Kirstenbosch Plant Fair (2015)
David Parry-Davies, Enviropaedia Editor, presenting Caitlin von Witt with a Silver Biodiversity Award for FynbosLIFE (2016)