Cape Flats LIFE serves to advance biosocial welfare on the Cape Town lowlands through ecologically appropriate indigenous gardening.
Right here in Cape Town, we have ten of South Africa’a 21 Critically Endangered national vegetation types, three of which are endemic to the city. The Cape Flats alone supports more than 1460 different plant species, of which 203 are threatened with extinction and five are globally extinct in the wild.
By restoring corridors of biodiversity within our fragmented urban spaces, we provide a potential solution to Cape Town’s conservation challenge. Locally indigenous gardens provide food and shelter for small animals, especially birds and insects, and enable their movement from garden to garden, encouraging colonisation, migration and interbreeding.
Not only are these urban biocorridors ecological assets for conservation, but they are also aesthetically pleasing and offer us opportunities to observe, understand and conserve biodiversity.
How can you start a LIFE garden?
First of all, find the location of your garden on the City of Cape Town’s vegetation map provided below. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for assistance. This will help you establish the original vegetation type of your area. Then contact our Cape Flats Fynbos Nursery at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you find out which plants you’ll need to grow.