Many of our 2020 camp experiences have been postponed due to the Covid-19 virus. We look forward to continue the gatherings when it is safe to do so. Please check our website or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates. We commend the efforts by so many of us to limit the spread of the virus and send deep thanks to the healthcare workers across the globe taking care of those most affected. We see our work of bringing balance back to ecosystems as more important than ever. Our team is busy building our organizational capacity during this time so that we can share the message of regenerative land management even further. We are grateful for your support and look forward to seeing you at camp in the future.

Camp Terra Blossom

Greyton, South Africa

Camp Terra Blossom

We are embarking on a ten year ecosystem restoration project in Greyton to restore our degraded, desertified Qobos floodplain and mountain catchments to the forest and grassland paradise that early Settlers inherited from the Hessequa pastoralists, who have lived in this valley for over 2000 years.

Camper Opportunities

Join us, on our mission to record, observe and restore the forgotten forests of the Overberg.
Learn about Successional Agroforestry, and how it can turn a desertified river into a hydrated, self-regulated micro-climate. Hone your powers of perception, creative energy and nature skills.

What to expect at camp

Camp Terra Blossom is a space for people to connect with Nature, and learn to deepen their understanding of natural systems through close observation, and restoration experience. Together, we will be planting trees, sowing seeds, designing planting models, learning to create mico-climates and collaborating to find creative solutions to creating an integrated, self-sustained community and environment.

As camp Terra Blossom is still in the seedling phase, camp accommodation is not yet available. However there are accommodations available closely to the side. Please fill in the contact form for more information.

 

Who is needed?

We would love to engage with volunteers who are interested in developing a deeper connection with Nature. We would welcome the input of campers who are familiar with restoring riparian ecosystems, and are knowledgeable about Tropical and Temperate Forest and grassland ecosystems. We are also interested in learning from people with experience or knowledge in Successional Agroforestry. 

On the community regeneration side, we would like help with business ideas, and sourcing funding for developing our community timber and craft groups into regenerative industries, whereby they will utilize the natural resources, such as timber and grasses generated from our recovering ecosystem. 

What do we still need and what does it cost?

We are appealing for assistance in finding sponsors for our trees, grown specifically for our Greyton ecosystem restoration initiative.
Tree sponsorship – R200 (12 Euros) R50 of every tree will go toward the ERC Camps and Restoration Movement.
We desperately need assistance with renting a more permanent nursery site. Our nursery, and what we are able to learn from growing our trees and creepers, is pivotal to the success of our ecosystem restoration research sites, and the restoration of Greyton’s aquatic ecosystem.
We have accumulated, over the past four years – a range of pioneering restoration species that we have sourced from wild trees, surviving in challenging conditions. Many of our trees are now flowering and seeding, and sadly – we will need to sell this valuable seed-base if we can’t get assistance with rent ( 700 Euros).

We need a subsistence for the Camp Coordinator – 1,000 euros a month for 3 months. We also do not have a reliable pickup truck, to access our forest research sites and to transport our trees to our restoration sites. 

We need a professional camera to take high quality photos and video editing software to make promotional films and to record our findings in the forests.

Vision and Socio-economic-ecological context

We are a small community-based ecosystem restoration and forest research initiative. Colette Kemp, our founder, researcher and forester has spent the past five years, studying our Afromontane Forest Biome – the natural climax vegetation for our largely desertified riverine and mountain catchment areas. This is a critically important, pioneering area of our research that is so under-resourced, and under-valued that scientists are often at a loss as to how to select riparian restoration species for our critically threatened rivers. 

 Seedling Camp 

Next Camp

To be announced

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Activities
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Water Retention

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Tree Planting

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Composting

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Soil Restoration

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Erosion Prevention

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Restoration of Livelihoods

Fire Prevention

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Community Building

Natural Building

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Regenerative entrepreneurialism

Interest Form

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Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.

Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.

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