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Bouchard Finlayson

In the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley just outside Hermanus and bordering Fernkloof Nature Reserve is Bouchard Finlayson, a boutique wine farm that has set aside an astounding 80 percent, or 100 hectares, of its land for conservation.

A perennial mountain stream runs through the farm and large areas of wetland have been cleared of alien vegetation. Bouchard Finlayson was started in 1989 by Paul Bouchard and Peter Finlayson who, as a viticulturist, has a deep understanding of the natural flora and fauna.

The current owners have continued this commitment to conservation. Frank Woodvine, a consulting botanist, has also collected over 250 indigenous specimens on the farm. To experience this wealth of biodiversity, there are three self-guided trails open to the public. Each has a wide variety of plant habitats to explore, together with notes on each of the routes.

Area conserved: 100 ha
Location: Hemel-en-Aarde
Membership date: 02 June 2006
Website: Bouchard Finlayson

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