The Kirstenbosch Branch of the Botanical Society of South Africa is a non-profit organisation (NPO no 250-726) and public benefit organisation officially founded in 1985, although our roots go back to the establishment of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in 1913. Today our branch has over 7 500 members, drawn from all across Cape Town.
Our mission is to know, grow, protect, and enjoy our unique natural environment and its diversity of South African indigenous plants.
As a branch of the national Botanical Society, we still provide strong volunteer support to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, from offering guided tours and running the bookshop, to helping in the propagation facilities at the garden.
But we’re also more than this: we undertake and support conservation and restoration projects across Cape Town. And we organise regular alien-invasive clearing activities around the Kirstenbosch garden and other areas and communities throughout the City. Our environmental education work inspires youngsters to understand the importance of protecting our natural world. Our other branch activities include regular walks, talks, hacks, wildflower shows, and of course the hugely popular annual plant fair.
WHERE WE WORK
The Kirstenbosch Branch covers the Cape Town CBD area and surrounding suburbs in the north right down to the Cape Peninsula area in the south. Cape Town is located within a biodiversity hotspot – and as a BotSoc branch, we work to protect this hotspot. We’re home to 19 distinct vegetation types, many critically endangered. No patch of fynbos is too small for us; we support projects across the city, including many conservation gardening and urban conservation sites.
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