Established in 1994, Fynbos Ecoscapes provides a range of services in the fields of fynbos conservation, indigenous landscaping, rehabilitation, fynbos plant supply and training and development. Based on Witkrans Farm near Gansbaai our focus is providing a ‘one-stop shop’ for botanical consulting, search and rescue, on-site plant selection and propagation, the supply of appropriate fynbos plants and landscaping/restoration services.
Fynbos Ecoscapes is run by Sean Privett who has a Masters Degree in Botany from the University of Cape Town and an enormous passion for fynbos and its conservation. His broad knowledge of the Cape flora, dedication to its conservation and passion to share his knowledge with others, has driven his career and earned him a reputation both locally and abroad as a leader in developing practical, plant-based conservation projects. In 1997 Sean became the conservation manager at Grootbos Nature Reserve near Gansbaai (www.grootbos.com) and initiated a wide variety of projects together with Grootbos founder Michael Lutzeyer.
Sean runs the non-profit Grootbos Foundation and was instrumental in establishing the Green Futures Horticulture and Life Skills program as well as the Growing the Future organic farming projects on Grootbos. Sean has also assisted in establishing the South African flora display at the Eden Project in Cornwall, U.K., played a pivotal role in establishing the 12 500 hectare Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy and designed the fynbos sustainable harvesting program of the Flower Valley Conservation Trust. Sean has received numerous conservation awards including the world’s leading plant conservation award at the 2001 Whitley Awards in London and recently completed a book on the Flora of Grootbos and the Walker Bay region.
Fynbos Ecoscapes provides the following services:
- Botanical assessments
We undertake botanical assessments for planning processes with a focus on the Overberg region of the Western Cape. For a full list of completed botanical assessments, conservation management plans, alien clearing and fire management plans click here. If you would like a .pdf copy of any of these reports, please email me.
- Search and Rescue and on-site plant propagation
Fynbos Ecoscapes undertakes Search and Rescue of plants that have conservation and/or horticultural value from development sites. The plants are propagated/stored in our nursery and then used for rehabilitation work back on the site once infrastructure is in place or quarrying is completed. We also specialise in the selection and propagation of appropriate on-site species for later use for landscaping and restoration. This provides local genetic plant material, well adapted to on-site environmental conditions.
- Indigenous plant nursery
We have a wide range of indigenous fynbos plants and trees available. Fynbos Ecoscapes sources plants from the Overberg fynbos and tree nursery (click here for latest availability list) on Flower Valley as well as the Green Futures nursery (click here for latest availability) on Grootbos. We also grow indigenous plants on order. Our prices are wholesale directly to the public and we do deliver. Contact us here to order plants.
- Landscaping and restoration
Fynbos Ecoscapes has more than fifteen years experience in indigenous water-wise gardening. Our focus is in recreating natural indigenous gardens, using appropriate, locally adapted plants. We employ trained graduates from the Green Futures project in our landscaping team. Some of our recent projects include Wildekrans wine estate in Bot River, Breedizicht in Witsands on the Breede River Mouth, the Stilbaai borrow pits, Grabouw stone mine berm rehabilitation, Doomsday film set rehabilitation near Grabouw and Romansbaai Beach and Fynbos Estate on the Danger Point Peninsula.