‘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...
Thanks to all who have donated to the Princess Vlei Forum. We do not charge a membership fee, as we do not want to exclude anyone, but we always need funds to support our projects and implement improvements at Princess Vlei. We now have Public Benefit Organisation status, so a tax certificate can be issued.
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Join Princess Vlei 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
Important step in realising the community vision for Princess Vlei reached as City finalizes plans.
Artworks created by local children inspired by the rich bird life at Princess Vlei were on display in the Grassy Park Library. . Read more...
24 September Flight of Dreams
Picnickers at Princess Vlei may have been startled by the sight of nine giant birds and a giant praying mantis on Heritage day. The creatures were part of the colourful Flight of Dreams parade, held annually by the Princess Vlei Forum to celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of Princess Vlei.Read more...
15 September: Taking stock at the AGM
The Princess Vlei Forum’s fifth Annual General meeting, held in Grassy Park on 15 September 2016, was an opportunity to reflect on work done and challenges ahead. Read more
20 August: Is it a bird or a plate?
John Graham Primary was abuzz on Saturday as fifty three teachers became learners at the a visual arts workshop to create a wetland food chain from two paper plates, old magazines and string. The workshop was presented as part of the Flight of Dreams Project, 2016. Read more ...
August & September: A bird in the hand
Over the past few weeks, learners at schools near Princess Vlei have been getting to know birds a bit better, thanks to the wonderfully creative environmental educationist Alice Ashwell. Read more ...
August & September: Getting up close to nature
In June this year, 130 learners from five schools descended on the Vlei to plant 475 indigenous plants at Princess Vlei (read more here). In August and September, these learners will be returning from to the vlei to check on their garden. Read more ...
14 July: General Meeting
There was lively discussion at the Princess Vlei Forum General meeting held on July 14. The meeting was called to update members on developments in the project to realise the community vision for Princess Vlei, and to provide guidance on the way forward. Read more ...
2 June: Nature Champions plant at Princess VleiIn a project organised by the Princess Vlei Forum, the garden was created on June 2 by 120 learners from five different schools, who came together to clean litter, clear aliens, and plant 475 plants. The plants are all part of the Cape Flats Dune Strandveld system and Cape Lowland Freshwater system, and are indigenous to Princess Vlei. Read more ...
27 May: Plans finalized for Princess Vlei
The City has finalized the Conceptual Development Framework for the Princess Vlei, paving the way for the implementation of significant improvements to the precinct. This is an important step in realising the community’s vision for a Nature and Heritage park at Princess Vlei. Read more ...
9 December: It's Officia! MOA signed by the City and the Forum
A significant milestone in the campaign to save Princess Vlei was reached on Wednesday 9 December, when representatives of the City and the Princess Vlei Forum came together to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to enable the Forum to act as a community liaison group in the management of Princess Vlei. Read more about the event.
30 September: Princess Vlei Forum Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Princess Vlei Forum was held on September 30 this year. Approximately 35 members attended. Five of our member organisations, and the City of Cape Town, were represented. Read More...
26 September: Flight of Dreams Parade
"It was a fun, exciting and awesome experience parading through the neighbourhood of Grassy Park." - Anishka Ruiters, Hyde Park Primary
The rain did not dampen the spirits of Flight of Dreams parade, held in Grassy Park on Saturday 26 September. The annual parade, organised by the Princess Vlei Forum to raise awareness of the bird life and other natural richness of Princess Vlei, featured giant puppets of birds created by local school children. Read more...
27 August: PVF General Meeting to discuss City plans
There was lively debate at the Princess Vlei Forum General meeting, convened to discuss the City’s draft Conceptual Development Framework for the Greater Princess Vlei Conservation Area. Approximately 40 people from a number of different organisations and interest groups attended the meeting. Read more...
29 August: Princess Vlei Checkpoint Chase
Princess Vlei was a hive of activity on Saturday 29th August, when the Peninsula Orienteering Club (PENOC) held the first ever orienteering event at the Vlei.
24 April: Save The Birds
The year is 3015. The world is full of sounds - bleeps, sirens, robotic voices, machinery. But not a twitter, or a chirp, or a squawk can be heard. Where have the birds gone?
Saving the Birds for the future was the task of our 40 young ‘time travellers’ in role play game to learn about birds at Princess Vlei. Read more.
14 March: Cleaning up the Princess
Princess Vlei is looking a little more sparkly thanks to the volunteers who came to the Clean Up day on Saturday March 14, and collected about 30 bags of litter. The event was organised by the Princess Vlei Forum, which is working with the City and the Community to transform Princess Vlei into a pristine nature and heritage site. Read more.