Friends of Stellenbosch Mountain
What we do
Friends of Stellenbosch Mountain is a volunteer organisation dedicated to the nature areas on and around Stellenbosch Mountain from Coetzenburg to Haelkop. We do regular hacking, i.e. removal of invasive plants such as Port Jacksons, Black Wattles, Pines, Eucalyptus, Bugweed etc. We coordinate our work closely with the Municipality of Stellenbosch and other role players in the area. We estimate that we have removed between 100,000 and 200,000 invasive plants and trees on the slopes of Stellenbosch Mountain since we began hacking in earnest in 2008.
Hacking is hard work but also a great way to work out while making a big difference to the environment. The benefits of regular hacking stretch over decades; it literally changes the face of the mountain.
Learn more about the ecology of the Cape fynbos and the lower-lying renosterveld while you hack, or simply enjoy the beauty of nature around you on a fresh morning in the veld.
Regular hacks resumed in September; for details see the hack page. Special hacks are continuing.
We hold our regular hacks on the third Saturday of every month, usually starting at 7:00 in summer and 8:00 in winter. Special hacks and events are held as they come. See this article for a quick introduction to hacking. Here is an article on creating colloquial names for invasives to aid understanding of the problem.
The Nature Area page should give you an idea of the current management issues.
The documents section provides a cross section of current local and global links and
documents pertaining to climate change, the environment and Stellenbosch local planning issues. FSM is active
in the planning processes of the Municipality of Stellenbosch.