"Then He commanded,
"Let the earth produce all kinds of plants, those that bear grain and
those that bear fruit" - and it was done. So the earth produced
all kinds of plants ,
and God was pleased with what He saw"
The main purpose of this Web Site is to try and keep
residents and interested parties informed about the existing and proposed
extension of the Bracken Nature Reserve. As the process is in its
infant stage, any help and constructive feedback would be more than welcome
and appreciated. Please
feel free to voice your feelings, as this Reserve is being created for YOU
Click on Image Above for
larger view of Reserve
Some Background Information
Regarding the Area of the Reserve
The focal point of the Bracken
Nature Reserve is undoubtedly the hill known as Kanonkop. This hill
was first called Duyvenheuwel and later also known as Kanonberg.
During the period 1759, this hill was used for the placement of a
"six-pound caliber" signal canon used for military
In Julie 1901 het Andries Brink
'n gedeelte van sy plaas grond, suid van die Spoorwegstasie aan George Henry
Walton, verkoop. Walton, 'n boorling van Richmond in Yorkshire, het in
1873 na die Kaap geëmigreer en hy het sy deel van die grond Bracken Fell
genoem. Waarskynlik het die klipkoppie en die welige plantegroei -
hoofsaaklik varings - hom so laat besluit, want volgens 'n vry vertaling,
sou dit "Varingheuwel" beteken. Kanonberg het sy naam gekry
vanweë die seinkanon wat slegs gebruik is vir militêre doeleindes.
Kanonberg is om 'n tweede rede belankrik. Voor 1888 was die
klipkappers op die kop doening. Dit was op daardie koppie waar die
Mostertmeul van Kaapstad se meulstene uitgehaal is. In 1903 het die
koppie baie gruis berskap vir Kaapstad se systrate. Die uithaal van
gruis is eers in die vyftigerjare gestaak.
When In became evident in 1948
that the Cape Town City Council Quarry would only be operating for a few
more years, the possibility of Kanonkop as a nature reserve was discussed by
a small group of residents. A few years later the Civic Association
commenced negotiations with the Divisional Council of Stellenbosch to have
Kanonkop and all the land of the Cape Town City Council around it, declared
a nature reserve for Brackenfell. It was largely due to the
perseverance of A. Pretorius that the proclamation fo the Brackenfell nature
reserve on Kanonkop became reality.
Veld & Flora - Dec 1994 -
Valuable Koppie in Brackenfell by Aleka Beaumont
A granite outcrop south-east of the Brackenfell residential area on the
old SABC shortwave transmitter site has been identified by Ernst van
Jaarsveld a leading horticulturist at Kirstenbosch, as an area of great
botanical interest. Covering an area no larger than 4 ha., the koppie
is bordered by al large quarry and agricultural land. The vegetation
on the koppie is classified as coastal renosterveld (a vegetation type with
a high priority for conservation and is rich and unique with al large
diversity of succulents, geophytes, orchids, mosses and lichens.
Granite outcrops or intrusions occur intermittently throughout the
renosterveld of the south-western Cape. They are generally vegetated
by specialized xeric (drought-adapted) communities which differ markedly
from the surrounding vegetation. In many instances the vegetation on
these rocky outcrops is reminiscent of succulent karoo. Certain
species are believed to be endemic (restricted) to these granite outcrops
and therefore extremely rare. Characteristic bush-clumps around the
outcrops are the result of water runoff from the granite.
The Brackenfell granite outcrop is significant because it is low lying,
relatively undisturbed and occurs within a metropolitan area. A brief
vegetation survey has revealed species of great interest and diversity.
The south-eastern slop of the koppie is presently owned by Crammix Bricks.
who have agreed to protect their portion of the site. They are also in
support of any conservation endeavor of the koppie as a whole. The
remaining portion of the koppie (approximately two thirds of the total area)
is in the process of being sold by Sentech, the signal distribution company
of the SABC to a property developer. Extensive communication with the
developer has resulted in the koppie being included on the development plans
as public open space. The plans presently await approval by the local
We trust that the Brackenfell granite outcrop will remain an area of
botanical value, to be treasured and enjoyed by the local community.
Friends of Bracken
Nature Reserve is affiliated to WESSA
Click on Above Image to go to Wessa Website
The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (previously known as the Wildlife Society of Southern Africa) is arguably the country’s oldest and largest independent non-government environmental organisation.