We are aligned with groups that share the common interest of preserving our natural flora, fauna and landscapes, and the associated cultural history of the country. Our work alongside these partners is aimed at promoting a more sustainable lifestyle and sound environmental management choices.
History of FLASH
There are many friends groups in the Cape Peninsula helping with the conservation of our beautiful natural surroundings. These groups are affiliated to the Wild Life and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA). In 1996 a few friends walking on Lion’s Head had the idea of setting up a friends group. The prime motivator and first chairperson of the group was Maretha Shroyer, at that time a freelance environment consultant. The group quickly expanded to include the paragliders and mountain bikers. Our first meeting was addressed by Professor Fuggle, who is still a well-known environmentalist. As members of Friends of Lion’s Head we participated in the drafting of the first management plan for Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) when they took over the management of Lion’s Head from the City Council. Later Friends of Lion’s Head merged with Friends of Signal Hill, at that time led by Gillian Russell. We have been successful over the years in influencing the development and conservation of Lion’s Head and Signal Hill and continue to do so today.