||The Garden Route Branch of the Society focusses on four areas: |
Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) The SANBI (South African Biodiversity Institute) programme. The Botanical Society of South Africa - www.botanicalsociety.org.za - has been providing ongoing support to this programme since its inception.
Several CREW groups are active across the region. Of these the OuTramps CREW Group based in George is the most experienced. CREW is for the enthusiastic and fit outdoor lover with a passion for our indigenous wildflowers. OuTramps team leader is Di Turner. Di can be contacted at: email@example.com
Alien Invasive vegetation, where the Branch as a founder member is represented on the Southern Cape Weeds Forum (SCWF).
Information sharing and good news is our point of departure. The Forum meets twice a year and meetings take the form of field trips to alien clearing projects, sharing methodologies, experiences and discussing successes and failures. Updates on the latest Alien Invasive Plant Species (AIPS), biological control methods and legislation are disseminated. Illustrated articles about specific problem species, their impacts, control methods and often the most suitable indigenous substitutes are available on the Branch page and the Biosphere Reserve websites. Meetings are convened by Melissa Mackay who can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Members' own conservation projects, which are featured quarterly in the Branch Pages under the heading Jewels of the Garden Route in the Society's Journal Veld & Flora.
Membership of the Society entitles members to receiving the Journal at no charge – by becoming a member residing in the Garden Route region your own restoration project or indigenous garden may very well become a "Jewel" as well.
The UNESCO approved Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve http://www.gouritz.com and the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve http://www.grbr.org.za
The Botanical Society of SA (BotSoc) - www.botanicalsociety.org.za - endorses both initiatives. The Garden Route Branch encompass both Biosphere Reserves and maintains representation on both fora. Quarterly Forum meetings rotate among the various towns within their domains. Forum meetings are characterised by excellent presentations focussing on the Biosphere Reserves' own projects, regional environmental topics and concerns, as well as current environmental legislation updates. A great opportunity for getting to know the region!
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Garden Route Botanical Garden
49 Caledon Street
Garden Manager: Finn Rautenbach
Administrator: Gabriella van Huyssteen
Horticulturist: Tarita Pollicutte
Herbarium curator: Priscilla Burgoyne
OuTramps team leader: Di Turner email@example.com
Meetings are convened by Melissa Mackay firstname.lastname@example.org