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Learning Horticulture skills at Green Futures College


[ZZZ_Photo02-240]The Grootbos Foundation is an inspiring not-for-profit organisation run by Sean Privett, our Great Guide to Fynbos Conservation.

Grootbos - Grootbos, South Africa [1970 © Jay Simpson]
Learning Horticulture skills at Green Futures College


Grootbos - Grootbos, South Africa [1970 © Jay Simpson] - Grootbos Foundation - Roddy Bray's Great GuidesThe Grootbos Foundation is an inspiring not-for-profit organisation run by Sean Privett, our Great Guide to Fynbos Conservation. They have integrated environmental education and life-skills into sports and training programmes to create nature-based livelihoods for the unemployed and spread the ethic of conservation.


Two hours east of Cape Town, on Walker Bay, the Grootbos Foundation is making a significant contribution to biodiversity and job creation in the region. Established in 2005 at the Grootbos Nature Reserve, the Foundation runs four projects that create nature-based livelihoods and promote conservation.

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The Green Futures Horticulture and Life Skills College offers a year-long, practical training programme for local unemployed people, in the fields of Fynbos landscaping, horticulture and ecotourism,


Grootbos - Grootbos, South Africa [2009 © greatguides.org] - Grootbos Foundation - Roddy Bray's Great Guides

The Growing the Futures Project is another year-long, practical training programme for local unemployed women to learn small scale farming



Grootbos - Grootbos, South Africa [2009 © greatguides.org] - Grootbos Foundation - Roddy Bray's Great Guides

The Spaces for Sport Project,an initiative supporting the Football Foundation of South Africa, bringing together diverse, local communities through sport and after-school programmes



Grootbos - Grootbos, South Africa [2009 © greatguides.org] - Grootbos Foundation - Roddy Bray's Great Guides

The Future Trees Project is a forest restoration project to rehabilitate the ancient milkwood forest at Grootbos, damaged by an intense fire in 2006.The Foundation is a Section 21, not for profit, company funded by eco tourism, sponsors, and donations.



The Grootbos Foundation also raise funds through the sale of indigenous plants and landscaping services by the Green Futures Project, the sale of organic vegetables and free-range animal products by the Growing the Futures Project, and the sponsorship of trees for the Future Trees Project. These methods of raising funds help make projects more self sufficient, but are not enough to fund all of their work. Many guests staying at the Grootbos Nature Reserve, companies, and individuals have decided to sponsor aspects of our projects, and this has contributed to the great success of the Foundation.

Our videos will show you more about each project and how you or your organization can contribute to the environmental and social development work of the Grootbos Foundation.

Read more about the Foundation at their website.


Author: Roddy Bray
Published Date: 10 Feb 2010
Location: Southern Africa | South Africa
Themes: society, natural world, travel | social development, conservation, flora, education