The Open Spaces in Nature's Valley
The Open Spaces are managed by the Urban Conservancy Open Spaces Committee which is a collaborative effort by the Nature's Valley Rate Payers Association, the Bitou Municipality, interested residents and the Nature's Valley Trust.
The Phyl Martin Park and indigenous nursery is a botanical garden established within Nature's Valley. The Park is well-loved and utilised by residents and visitors alike, and the NVT uses it extensively for its Conservation Education Program.
The Fynbos Reserve is a pristine section of the rare coastal dune fynbos, and has a small network of trails and information boards set out to inform users. The NVT Research team is busy documenting flowering plants in the reserve, and the Conservation Education Program uses it as an outdoor classroom for school groups.
The Padda Puddle is small wetland with natural grass and shrubland, with a trail leading through it.
The Dell is a lovely patch of developing Afromontane Forest, with trails and benches to enable visitors and residents to absorb the splendour and quietness of the forest interior.
The Groot River Estuary is monitored by the Groot River Estuary Steering Committee, a collaboration between SANParks, Bitou Municipality, the Nature's Valley Rate Payers Association and the Nature's Valley Trust. It keeps an eye on water quality in the estuary, and collects data that assists SANParks in their management of the estuary. The NVT conducts ecological research on this estuary as part of our Research Programme.