The Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area hosted us at their extraordinary nature reserve in the middle of the Kenilworth Racecourse. It protects 52 hectares of critically endangered Cape Flats Sand Fynbos vegetation.

Cape Flats Sand Fynbos is unique as it occurs only within the city of Cape Town and less than 1% of this lowland Fynbos is conserved. This is the richest and most diverse type of Sand Fynbos and also has the highest number of threatened plant species. We were thrilled to experience the rare and endangered Hessea cinnamomea, which came to visit after an ecological burn in February.

“Hessea, with its delicate, umbrella-like clusters of star-shaped autumn flowers, is designed to delight.” And delighted I was as I shared the experience with my Miss Earth sister, Andrea von Gunten who is a member of the Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) Programme. We collected and donated much needed supplies of stationary and gloves to support their conservation programme and educational initiatives.

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