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The Bulb Flower Reserve in the Kamiesberg is a Green Burial alternative to traditional ways of laying loved ones to rest. For South Africans, pro-environmental burials are new. With what seems to be an endless land resource on one of the world's largest continents, what need could there be to conserve land when it comes to laying your special loved one to rest? Contrary to what a person might think, new cemetaries may not utilize already farmed and tilled soils. But, rather, new lands and environments -- only adding to the environmental destruction of yester years. (Reference, Bulbophile Magazine Link June 2017 Iss:xi, pp16-17.)

If you would like to join the movement for green change, to scatter only ashes at a pristine South African site, selected for its natural beauty, then Green Burial at the African Bulb Flower Reserve, in the heart of the floriferous Kamiesberg, Namaqualand, is the perfect alternative for you. We encourage you to visit the site during South Africa's winter flower season, especially, to appreciate the immense beauty of where the ashes are laid to rest. People are encouraged to personally bring ashes to scatter. Only where circumstances simply do not allow do we suggest transporting them, however, to this Green Burial Site. For South Africans, a death certificate and crematorium letter of confirmation will be needed for the site's records and for a small remembrance plaque to be placed at the memorial columns.

This Namaqualand Garden of a Green Burial site is not funded in any way and relies solely on its scattered ashes donations for its upkeep. The flower reserve is on an acre of untouched Kamiesberg Valley with several hundred species of rare flora growing and flowering seasonally.

Physical Address: 101 De Waal Drive, Kamieskroon, N. Cape, South Africa.

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The Green Burial alternative offered at the African Bulb Flower Reserve, in the heart of Namaqualand, South Africa, was put into effect in 2018 on the suggestion by a pioneering English botanist-curator, who also serves on the World Wildlife trust. Having made many research travels to South Africa's floriferous succulent Karoo, ranked in the world's top 25 biodiversity hotspots, the Bulb Flower Reserve in the unique Kamiesberg mountains was considered to be a spectacularly suitable natural site for environmentally friendly burials. The site is neighbored by one of South Africa's national parks.

The Flower Reserve garden is home to an overwhelming number of rare plant species, including the "African Tulip", commonly called "koekemakranka", and as such is possibly one of the most beautiful and peaceful burial sites in Africa. If your loved one loved Safari, or never got to do it; loved nature, but never got to see Africa's; or saw it as home once upon a time, or as their family's home; or was in any way an environmentally minded person, passionate about biodiversity, then this acre of untouched soil could be for them.

A copy of a death certificate, a crematorium letter confirming the urn contains nothing other than ashes, and a copy of their identification document/passport, will be required for the botanical garden's records. These documents will also be required to accompany your urn, for us to scatter on your behalf, should you be unable to scatter them yourself. A small plaque inscribed with name and dates will be added to our "In Loving Memory" columns. The Bulb Flower Reserve operates on donations.

Physical Address: 101 De Waal Drive, Kamieskroon, N. Cape, South Africa.

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An acre of conserved land in the heart of Namaqualand, home of the Khoi San people; our cradle of human kind, offers many types of people of late a place to rest. Foremost, the conserved land is situated in the valley of the Kamiesberg mountain range, the greater area being Namaqualand. This area is renown for its biodiversity and spectacular flowers. As such it is a breath-taking natural botanical garden during the flowering seasons of Southern Africa's cape region. Because of this, we are proud to offer all plant loving people, gardeners, botanists, environmentalists and the like, the opportunity to scatter ashes at this site in Africa.

Scattering ashes in chosen conserved areas, now known as Green Burials, is an environmentally friendly alternative to the normal ways of laying loved ones to rest in that it helps to conserve what natural lands remain untouched by commercial industry. While the expense might be great to bring ashes to a Green Burial site in Africa, the reward of doing a right thing both for passed loved ones and for future generations to come must be equally great. And then there is still the inexpensive alternative of shipping ashes for us to scatter for you.

Either way, a copy of a death certificate, a crematorium letter confirming the urn contains nothing other than ashes, and a copy of their identification document/passport, will be required for the botanical garden's records. And, if ashes are personally brought to the site for scattering, then also carry these documents on your person while travelling to Africa. A plaque with name and dates is placed at the site's entrance. This burial alternative offering operates on donations.

Physical Address: 101 De Waal Drive, Kamieskroon, N. Cape, South Africa.

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