In a groundbreaking, never been tried before land conservation approach, a few visionary landowners made application in early 2011 to the Minister for Environmental Affairs and Development Planning of the Western Cape province to declare its members’ properties a Protected Environment (PE) in terms of the national Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act. The minister, Anton Bredell, signed the declaration on Monday the 31st August 2015.

Cairnbrogie is part of this ecologically sensitive and threatened 20km stretch of unspoiled coastline between Robberg Nature Reserve and Harkerville State Forest, in the middle of the Garden Route. This area known as the Robberg Coastal Corridor (RCC), has beautiful coastal land and links the Robberg Nature Reserve in the east to the Garden Route National Park in the west.

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Photographing the new fynbos species, Psoralea vanberkelea, which was discovered recently along the Robberg Coastal Corridor.

“We must start taking steps now to protect sensitive ecosystems and this corridor shows that it is possible to do so while maintaining individual objectives of landowners within the corridor. It is a testament to these pioneering landowners that this coastline can now be preserved and managed as a fundamental link between Garden Route National Park and Robberg Nature Reserve. The challenge ahead is to get other landowners on board to make this corridor contiguous and to increase the land under protection. The commitment from Local Government is also to be highly commended as a large portion of the corridor is owned and managed by Eden District Municipality who have also added their property to the corridor and pledged their support to the on-going initiatives of the RCCLA.”

– Andrew Hill, Chairman 2015