‘Don’t rob us, don’t rob our children and don’t rob our grandchildren of the beauty that’s been given to us...’ - Edward Copperfield
About Princess Vlei
The Princess Vlei is the gateway to the wetland system that runs through Grassy Park, purifying the water before it runs into the sea. The Vlei has a big history, and has long been treasured by the many citizens who have enjoyed its beauty and tranquility. recently, the community won a huge victory in stopping the proposed development of a shopping mall. Watch the video below to learn more about our work, or read more...
Join the Forum
The Princess Vlei Forum is working with the City of Cape Town on the ongoing improvement and management of Princess Vlei. All are welcome to join us. Read more...
View the City of Cape Town's Finalised Conceptual Development Framework for the Greater Princess Vlei Area
Sept 06: Guardians of the Princess
My name is wood fairie. I look after the woods and mother earth forest... This was one of the many nature guardians created by local school learners at Princess Vlei in the last few weeks. The guardians are symbolic figures to express the children’s commitment to caring for nature and wild creatures. Read More
Aug 09: Strong trees for strong women
Several generations of strong women came together to Princess Vlei on August 9 to plant 30 trees and to honour our women heroes, past and present - in celebration of National Women’s Day and theInternational Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Read More
June 11: Today we are planting wolves
This was the message from restoration consultant Alex Lansdowne at the planting event on 11 June. Speaking to the one hundred and twenty children who had gathered to help with the planting, Alex explained that the difference between a cultivated plant in a garden and a wild plant is like the difference between a dog and a wolf. Read More
June 05: Be grateful to the birds
The Princess Vlei had some unusual young visitors who time travelled from the year 2219. They came from a future where there were no birds or bugs, all greenery had disappeared under concrete. Their mission: to observe what birds and insects need and how we can ensure they survive in the future. Read more
June: All about birds
While some might not know their weaver from their wader, some learners of three local primary schools are experts on birds found at Princess Vlei. And pretty fabulous artists too! Read More
May 18: Bringing new life to the fynbos
Piece by small piece the Princess Vlei Forum is working to restore and rehabilitate the land around Princess Vlei. On Saturday 18 May, thirty local residents, Stellenbosch University students, and various Lions’ Clubs came together on Saturday 18 May to restore the indigenous vegetation at Princess Vlei. Read More
March 27: On the move at Princess Vlei
There are some exciting developments at Princess Vlei – but the ongoing active engagement of the community is critical to enable the area to thrive. This was the message of the community members who gathered at the Princess Vlei Open Day in Grassy Park on the evening of March 27.
March 23: Wetlands Wonders
Our wetlands are full of wonders, as forty children discovered at the Princess Vlei Forum Wetland Wonders programme in March. Children and teachers came from Lotus River Primary, St Stephens Rd Primary and Levana Primary. Read More
March 15: Eco-Guardians at Platbos Forest.
Platbos Forest has gained several thousand new trees - with the help of our Lotus Princess Vlei Guardians. Throughout the years, our Eco Guardians from Lotus High School have been hard at work planting indigenous plants, propagating for their own nursery and diligently greening their school, all while having fun! Read More
March 15: Vlei Friends flying at the Climate Strike
Our Princess Vlei puppets were proud to be part of the youth strike against climate change in Cape Town on March 15. The puppets have been created by school learners for the Princess Vlei Forum's annual Flight of Dreams parades through Grassy Park. The puppets were carried by a group of the Harmony Primary Environmental club, who joined undreds of students at the protest. Read More
Feb 02: Teachers and Totem poles
Our local learners are blessed with highly creative teachers, as we discovered at the Teachers and Totem poles Princess Vlei Forum/Peter Clarke Art Centre workshop on 2 February. Read More when-teachers-meet-totem-poles.html