Camp Terra Blossom
Join us, on our mission to record, observe and restore the forgotten forests of the Overberg.
Learn about Successional Agroforestry, and how it can turn a desertified river into a hydrated, self-regulated micro-climate.
Hone your powers of perception, creative energy and nature skills
Location: Greyton, South Africa
Dates: January 15 – 24th 2020
Size of Group: 15 people
Cost: 850 Euros
Includes: All transfers, meals, accommodation and Park fees
Excludes: Transfers to and from Greyton
We are embarking on a ten year ecosystem restoration project in Greyton to restore our degraded, desertified Qobos floodplain and mountain catchments to the forest and grassland paradise that early Settlers inherited from the Hessequa pastoralists, who have lived in this valley for over 2000 years.
What to Expect
Camp Terra Blossom is a space for people to connect with Nature, and learn to deepen their understanding of natural systems through close observation, and restoration experience. Together, we will be planting trees, sowing seeds, designing planting models, learning to create mico-climates and collaborating to find creative solutions to creating an integrated, self-sustained community and environment.
We would love to engage with volunteers who are interested in developing a deeper connection with Nature. We would welcome the input of campers who are familiar with restoring riparian ecosystems, and are knowledgeable about Tropical and Temperate Forest and grassland ecosystems. We are also interested in learning from people with experience or knowledge in Successional Agroforestry.
On the community regeneration side, we would like help with business ideas, and sourcing funding for developing our community timber and craft groups into regenerative industries, whereby they will utilize the natural resources, such as timber and grasses generated from our recovering ecosystem.
We are a small community-based ecosystem restoration and forest research initiative. Colette Kemp, our founder, researcher and forester has spent the past five years, studying our Afromontane Forest Biome – the natural climax vegetation for our largely desertified riverine and mountain catchment areas. This is a critically important, pioneering area of our research that is so under-resourced, and under-valued that scientists are often at a loss as to how to select riparian restoration species for our critically threatened rivers.
We are appealing for assistance in finding sponsors for our trees, grown specifically for our Greyton ecosystem restoration initiative. Tree sponsorship – R200 (12 Euros) R50 of every tree will go toward the ERC Camps and Restoration Movement We desperately need assistance with renting a more permanent nursery site. Our nursery, and what we are able to learn from growing our trees and creepers, is pivotal to the success of our ecosystem restoration research sites, and the restoration of Greyton’s aquatic ecosystem. We have accumulated, over the past four years – a range of pioneering restoration species that we have sourced from wild trees, surviving in challenging conditions. Many of our trees are now flowering and seeding, and sadly – we will need to sell this valuable seed-base if we can’t get assistance with rent ( 700 Euros)
We need a subsistence for the Camp Coordinator – 1,000 euros a month for 3 months. We also do not have a reliable pickup truck, to access our forest research sites and to transport our trees to our restoration sites
We need a professional camera to take high quality photos and video editing software to make promotional films and to record our findings in the forests.
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