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Gardening and vegetation

    • Invasive alien vegetation ( see invasive plants guide ) is a threat to Natures Valley's unique ecosystem and should be removed and subsituted with indigenous species. Primes examples are Eugenia trees, the berries of which attract baboons, Madeira vine and sword ferns which smother indigenous vegetation. Sword ferns and ginger lilies are required by law to be removed and destroyed immediately (see details).  
    • Indigenous trees, shrubs and plants are for sale locally at the Phyl Martin Park nursery. Support local efforts please.
    • Before removing or trimming any forest or protected trees, please examine the Forestry Act requirements and apply for the necessary permits on page 2 of this link under Building Regulations. The Nature's Valley Trust office in Nature's Valley can offer further practical advice.
    • Composting of organic waste is encouraged. See guide.
  • What regulations require*

    • Indigenous trees and shrubs in a forested area like Nature’s Valley may not be removed, cut or pruned extensively – even if planted by owners on their properties. If a tree has to be felled or large branches removed, a permit must be obtained from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Knysna. See documents of page 2 of this link or contact the Nature's Valley Trust offices to seek further advice.
    • In terms of Regulations pertaining to the Biodiversity Act and gazettedin August 2014, numerous requirements are set out affecting the management and the declaration by sellers of properties having alien and invasive plant species.
    • For detailed information see regulations, etc listed in the Buiding Regulations section of this website.

    *NB: Being surrounded by a national park, a number of SANParks regulations are applicable in addition to municipal by-laws.

The Phyl Martin Park Nursery offers many indigenous plants and trees