Grasslands are one of the most
this region due to their near total destruction to make way for sugar
farming in the late 1800`s. The properties that has been developed as Simbithi
Eco-Estate would have originally been primarily grassland with
patches of coastal forest and swamp forest in the wet valleys before
were eradicated to plant sugar cane.
This project has very closely
followed the Simbithi
Eco-Estate design philosophy which on it`s website makes the
- This led to a conversion of an ecological
cane lands) into an abundant coastal climax grassland community
- ± 65Ha of the old cane areas are being
converted to coastal
climax grassland communities which have a wide biotic diversity.
- A cocktail of indigenous grasses and grassland
plants have been sown over a period of 24 months to hasten
succession and enable the incorporation of suitable wildlife.
- The design implemented in the private space of
really becomes an extension of the natural habitat of the wildlife.
landscape designs for the developments inside Simbithi Eco-Estate need
conscious of the nature of the natural vegetation surrounding their
and link the garden to the surrounding environment.
- Landscape designs must be as natural as
possible in their
approach but still provide ornamental elements and creative design in
quarters to the development to complement the design of the house.
- 'Indigenous' plants from other provinces and
geographical areas are not to be used in an attempt to create as
environment as possible.
- The designs need to be creative but not
The Landscape Design Protocol make statements such as to re-create what
would have occured before the introduction of sugar cane on the
This project which most probably follows the
guidelines of the Simbithi Eco-Estate design philosophy guidlines more
closely than any other on the estate is proving to be very
successful although it has been a challenge in that the grass plants
grass seed required to make it a
success is largely unobtainable commercially so I have had to collect
most of the grass seed that has been used.