Grootbos Foundation – Green Futures – The story of Green Futures is one of good news and hope in which unemployed people can find a new and exciting future in fynbos landscaping and conservation. It all started as a dream of the Lutzeyer family, owners of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, to train people from local communities and to find work for them in fynbos landscaping and horticulture. At the education center built on Grootbos just 12 “gardeners in the making” are accepted each term. Linked to the college is an indigenous wholesale plant nursery. As part of their practical work, students are involved in growing and caring for the plants that will ultimately be sold and the funds generated reinvested into the project. In the longer term Green Futures intends to expand its courses to include training in ecotourism, hospitality, and nature conservation.
Grootbos also organizes daily youth sports training sessions through their Football Foundation initiative. Soccer isn’t the only sport on offer – netball, hockey, and other athletics activities provide enrichment for some 7,000 young people every year.
Whether staying at Grootbos or not, a donation is made by Ker & Downey on your behalf to support the programs of the Grootbos Foundation. Visit the Grootbos Foundation website for more information about their projects.