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  • Spirit of Place Statements The Spirit of Place (SoP) concept was established at the Quebec conference of the International Council on Monuments and Sites in 2008.  SoP is defined as “the tangible (buildings, sites, landscapes, routes, objects) and the intangible elements (memories, narratives, written documents, rituals, festivals, traditional knowledge, values, textures, colours, odours, etc.). It is the physical and ...
  • Property Reports for 2016 You are invited to read our property reports for the year 2016 for the following sites: Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition Mabukuwene and Worlds View The other four site reports will be posted shortly for you to enjoy.
  • Happy New Year The NTZ Council members would like to wish you and your family a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year!   We are looking forward to continuing to work tirelessly to protect our precious national heritage.  
  • Gala Movie Fundrasing Event The National Trust of Zimbabwe will be holding a gala fund-raising event at the Ster-Kinekor cinemas at Sam Levy’s Village, Borrowdale, Harare please do join us and enjoy cheese and wine served before the film  where you will be given the chance to meet the Committee and to support the work of the NTZ.  There ...
  • Book Launch Book Launch On the 30th August 2016, the National Trust of Zimbabwe hosted a prestigious event to launch the publication of ‘Nyanga’s Rich Heritage’ a booklet by Rob Burrett and Edone Ann Logan. Rob and Ann worked tirelessly on compiling this valuable publication which will be a constant companion for those who hold this area of ...
  • National Trust Tribute to Mr Darrel Plowes It is with the deepest regret that we note the passing of Darrel Plowes, in Mutare, on Wednesday 19th October 201 aged 91. Darrel has been an invaluable friend of the National Trust of Zimbabwe for a many, many years and a great source of information and of assistance through his long friendship with Sir ...
  • Rare Orchid flowers for the first time since 1973 The 17th October was a historic day for the Trust and in particular for the La Rochelle property when a rare orchid flowered on the 17th October 2106, this is only the fourth time that it has flowered to our knowledge, the last time being in 1973 so this is a cause for celebration. The orchid ...
  • Rare Orchid in Flower: it last bloomed in 1973 Rare Orchid in Flower We have some exciting news from the La Rochelle Orchid House. The natural hybrid orchid named after Lady Virginia is in flower! This is only the 4th time that it has flowered to our knowledge and the last time was in 1973 so this is quite a special occasion. It is expected to be ...

We are very pleased to share the latest good news about our:  La Rochelle Garden Restoration Project  

We have made good progress on the restoration of the Dell garden this year. Many of our guests that have                      come to the garden, have commented on its transformation over the last couple of years. I find that it is                          once again the main attraction for guests who come to La Rochelle. The beauty of being involved in a                              project such as this, is seeing what was accomplished last year blossom into something people can                                  enjoy today.

Mr Kevin Martin, Estate Manager

The Nursery and Orchid Centre that was refurbished last year is looking better and better with each month that passes.  Koi fish have been bought for one of the ponds and goldfish for another. The goldfish have started breading and we will be able to stock other ponds from this. We have completed the toilet block at the Nursery. This has wheel chair access and has drinking water for garden visitors. The orchids have done well this year since the houses have been restored. The greatest impact is seen on the Phalaenopsis and Cattleya that are in the glass and heated houses. We have been inviting schools and orphanages to visit and be taught basic knowledge on plants and trees.

See photos below of Nursery and Orchid Centre

orchid-houseWe have made good progress on the restoration of the Dell garden this year. Many of our guests that have come to the garden, have commented on its transformation over the last couple of years. I find that it is once again the main attraction for guests who come to La Rochelle. The beauty of being involved in a project such as this, is seeing what was accomplished last year blossom into something people can enjoy today. I       orchid-3

orchid    orchid-4

Hillcrest School grade 5                                                  Riverside School grade 1 and 2

kids-and-plants           kids-in-garden

Restoration of the Dell

This year we have been working on the Dell. To help in doing this we have rebuilt the tractor trailer. This has been most helpful on the project and other areas of La Rochelle.

The Aloe and Cycad Garden

In the aloe and cycad garden we have removed many trees that had come up in amongst the aloes and were over shading them. Unfortunately this damaged many of the Aloes. The damaged plants have been used as our propagation material for replanting. The underground irrigation has also been repaired. We have mulched this whole area to improve water retention and the soils and will be replanting this area with the coming rains.

Before                                                                                                             After

before                                    after

Aloes and Cycads cleared of weeds and mulched

aloes                               aloes-and-steps

cycads

Area around the dam

We have built a bridge to the island where we have placed a bench. It’s a lovely quiet place to go sit and watch the birds. We also restored the row boat for use on the dam. This has been an entertaining addition to our activities. Since January we have started feeding the fish in the dam. We  hope that we will be able to offer fishing as an activity soon. We have repaired the retaining walls that were collapsing on the steep banks around the dam. Soil retaining plants have been planted on the banks in large swathes that we hope will give quite a good impression. The dam is still leaking badly when it gets over three quarters full. We have had the water engineer that advised using the plastic membrane originally, come and look at it. He has advised that it will not be too difficult to repair and explained how to do it, we are working on a quote to repair it.

dam            dam-and-bridge

Paving

Work started on repairing the paving through the garden.  We estimate that there is about 9km of paving throughout the garden and we have completed about a quarter of it so far. We are reusing as much of the existing paving as possible but are also relaying new concrete in sections.

new-paving                      paving

Benches and Dustbins

There were no dustbins in the garden and rubbish has always been a problem. We made 18 new metal dustbins and placed them through the garden.

The existing benches were refurbished and new ones were made bringing the total to 26. We also used logs, from trees that were removed from the garden, to make natural benches.

benches

Gazebo

We have rebuilt the gazebo at the top of the garden. The size was increased so that the area inside was practical. A view has been opened up along the river and this is now a favourite spot for visitors. Gardens in this area will be replanted with the coming rains.

gazebo          new-gazebo

Tree surgery

There were a lot of dead trees and branches that we have removed most of now. Trees have been removed where they were overshadowing other rare trees. This has allowed a lot of much needed light in.

Irrigation

We have repaired two of the four lines of underground piping and garden taps on this side of the garden. These get water from the water furrow. As a backup, we have also made allowance to connect them to the borehole water supply.

A lot of shrubs and ground covers have been propagated in the nursery. These we have collected from people in Mutare who have kindly opened up their gardens for to us to collect planting material from. We eagerly await the rains when we can begin replanting the garden.

Thank you to the hardworking and very dedicated Estate Manager and all his team, all of the restoration was only made possible by a very generous donor that the NTZ is enourmously appreciative of.

NEW: Publication

We are very pleased to announce that publication of a very comprehensive booklet entitiled “Nyanga’s Rich Heritage”by Khami Press, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.  The booklet has been co-edited by Mrs Edone Anne Logan, Chairperson of the NTZ Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition, and Mr Robert Burrett, Archeologist and Historian, who spent a considerable amount of time compiling the information. The main aims of this booklet are to inform Zimbabweans and overseas visitors  on the many and varied aspects of the rich natural and social heritage of this area, and through knowledge and interest encourage a sense of pride and a wish to preserve this heritage.   It is the authors hope that  the booklet, which includes many historical black and white photographs,  will  serve as a historical reference for those interested in Nyanga – particularly the early pre-history period. Proceeds from sales of the booklet will assist with generating funds for the Rhodes Nyanga Exhibition where it will be sold.

Nyanga Rich Heritage

The booklet has 100 A5 pages, the contents include the following chapter headings:

  • Nyanga : our home
  • Geography
  • Our Natural Heritage
  • Our Archeological Heritage
  • Community History
  • The Anti-Colonial Struggle
  • The Nyanga National Park
  • Some Nyanga Hotels : a little History
  • Nyanga Churches and Missions
  • Driving to Nyanga: a Roadside Guide for the Visitor. The latter a detailed description of the way from Rusape to beyond Nyanga town.

The booklet is available at the cost of USD$5.00 from the following people:

  • Nyanga: Edone Ann Logan Email: leecrofts@bsatt.com Tel: +263774459477
  • Edgar Nyagwaya Email: enenyagwaya@gmail.com Tel: +263772974681
  • Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition
  • Nyanga National Parks Office
  • Rhodes Hotel and Montclair Hotel
  • La Rochelle Boutique Hotel
  • Harare: Dave Scott Email: dashcott@telkomsa.net Tel: +263772572966
  • The bookshop at the Hub, Chisipite
  • Rosanne Kenny Email: kenny01@gmail.com Tel: +263772328193
  • Bulawayo: Rob Burrett Email: robburrett@icloud.com

Other Publications:

Mr Rob Burret is also the author of a series of cultural and social hisotical booklets that are all available from the at the same cost USD$5.00 each:

  • Nyanga’s Rich Heritage
  • Khami World Heritage Site
  • Great Zimbabwe
  • Bulawayo Heritage (Focus on the town)
  • Ironspine & Ribs (History of Rhodesian Railways & NRZ)
  • Bulawayo Memories (Focus on regional monuments and historical places)

Postage Rates for the booklets from Zimbabwe is as follows:

  • Southern Africa $3.50
  • UK & Europe $5.00
  • Rest of the World $6.50 (Australia, New Zealand, USA, Asia)
  • Zimbabwe $1.00

Subject to rates applicable. Please confirm first with Rob Burrett on khamipress@gmail.com

 

New Travel Article posted

Please see link below for a recent review of La Rochelle Country House Estate compiled by a travel writer:

linkhttps://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/zimbabwes-eastern-highlands-continue-to-amaze/

 

World Heritage Day: 18th April

World Heritage is the shared wealth of humankind. Protecting and preserving this valuable asset demands the collective efforts of the international community. This special day offers an opportunity to raise the public’s awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability.

On 18 April 1982 on the occasion of a symposium organised by ICOMOS in Tunisia, the holding of the “International Day for Monuments and Sites” to be celebrated simultaneously throughout the world was suggested. This project was approved by the Executive Committee who provided practical suggestions to the National Committees on how to organise this day.

The idea was also approved by the UNESCO General Conference who passed a resolution at its 22nd session in November 1983 recommending that Member States examine the possibility of declaring 18 April each year “International Monuments and Sites Day”. This has been traditionally called the World Heritage Day and it affords an opportunity to raise the public’s awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it.

As part of this years heritage celebrations The new Chairman, Dame Fiona Reynolds, gave a lecture on the threats and opportunities facing heritage across the globe and you can read it here:

World Heritage Day speech (15 04 16 4pm)

You can also read the INTO State of Global Heritage report here:

“The long-term sustainability of cultural heritage depends on ensuring its use and developing local support. Without heritage being valued and protected, it will become irrelevant and disappear.”

Taboroff, 2002.

State of Global Heritage NTO 2016

 

 

AND FROM OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

National Trust of Zimbabwe
National Trust of Zimbabwe2 months ago
To all Members of the Nyanga and Juliasdale Communities,

It is with great sadness that we record the loss of a valuable member of our community -
Mr. EDGAR NYAGWAYA,
who passed away suddenly on the night of 14th January, 2017. Edgar was the epitome of a good Christian – always willing to assist, advise and help out in any situation; a leader who will be sorely missed. Our deep sympathies go to Mildred, his wife, and to all members of the Nyagwaya family. God’s gain is our loss.

As a tribute to Edgar we are sending this eulogy to as many members of the community as is possible. Please forward to others.
This tribute is based on the eulogy presented by Willie Dhlandhlara at the commemorative service held at St. Peter’s Church, Nyanga, on 17th January 2017.
on behalf of the Board Chairperson for Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife. Tributes were also presented by members of the Nyagwaya family and friends, pastors, representatives of various Government Ministries, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Nyanga, The Church of the Good Samaritan, Juliasdale, the National Trust of Zimbabwe Nyanga Committee and others.

REFLECTIONS ON AN OUTSTANDING LEADER: MR. EDGAR SHOVERN CHIONISO NYAGWAYA –
Farewell to a good man! A HUMBLE AND PROFESSIONAL CIVIL SERVANT.
It is with great sadness that we celebrate the life of a good man, Edgar Nyagwaya. Edgar’s life was taken away from us too soon; we should not dwell on the loss of our dear friend, husband, father, son, cousin and brother but today let’s celebrate his life and remember the remarkable things Edgar accomplished.

Edgar was born at Bonda Mission hospital and did his primary schooling in the Nyanga district, beginning at St Agatha’s and completing primary at Regina Coeli Mission. Secondary school and Teacher Training was undertaken at St Augustine’s Penhalonga. He then taught in Mashonaland West, Mashonaland East and Central and became School Head at St Monica’s Nyautare, and St Peter’s, Nyanga (now Zuvarabuda).
Edgar married Mildred (nee Bvukumbwe) a trained teacher. They had five children – three girls and two boys, all of whom are now married. The eldest son and daughter are working in Australia; the second son is in the UK and two daughters are in Zimbabwe. All are here with us today.

Edgar was sent by the Ministry of Local Government for training at Birmingham University, and was accompanied by Mildred, his ever-supportive wife.
After training he served as Assistant District Administrator for Buhera, and rose to District Administrator of Masvingo Province in Bikita, and in Makoni, Chimanimani and Nyanga. He travelled widely on business during this time: Kenya, India, Canada, USA, Mauritius and Indonesia being some of the countries visited in his capacity of D.A.
In August 2003 Edgar retired and became a consultant in Shona Culture, Traditional Leadership and in the Administration of Local Authorities. His great knowledge made him an invaluable member of the various committees on which he served in this community. These included the committee of the Church of the Good Samaritan and the Nyanga Committee of National Trust of Zimbabwe, the Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition (Rhodes Museum). His tireless research on traditional subjects undertaken for the Museum is documented and will be referred to by future generations.
Edgar wore a coat of many colours. He was not only a loving parent to his immediate family but also the extended family of the Anglican Church, particularly St.Peter’s. His deep faith and biblical knowledge were an inspiration to many. The leadership and congregation of the Church of the Good Samaritan will miss his wisdom and his Gospel readings at services. He had a gift of managing people of all races. His passion for good work positively affected many lives. May his legacy live on.

Edgar served as committee member for the Rhodes Nyanga National Park from 2006 to 2016. In August 2011 he was appointed Vice Chair for the Committee, a position he served for 5 years to May 2016, when he retired. He was a passionate and tireless leader who had a quest for the betterment of Nyanga National Park in all aspects of its activities, IN HARMONY WITH NATURE.

To have known Edgar is to have interacted with a good man. Conversations with him were enriched by his infectious humour, amusing jokes and wonderful stories of true incidents. The people surrounding him simply loved listening. He had that remarkable personality of radiating warmth and happiness around him - it is a rare gift from God, reserved for a select few. He was a leader of high caliber. Such personalities are a rare commodity.

I borrow the words from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar “This was a man!” A great man!! In conversation with Edgar, the historian and storyteller once boldly claimed, People don’t die. We are now talking about the good man Edgar, and we are gathered here because People don’t die. Their spirit, their memory and their presence live on.
Well done, good and faithful servant….enter the joy of your Lord x 2. Farewell, ESC. Farewell Humba Makombe. You were always a good man.
May your soul rest in eternal peace.
National Trust of Zimbabwe
National Trust of Zimbabwe3 months ago
The NTZ Council members would like to wish you and your family a joyous Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year!

We are looking forward to continuing to work tirelessly to
protect our precious national heritage
National Trust of Zimbabwe
National Trust of Zimbabwe4 months ago
Calling all Harare-ites - please come and support the National Trust's sterling efforts and attend the film.........you don't have to be a member of the National Trust.......we look forward to seeing you!!!!
National Trust of Zimbabwe
National Trust of Zimbabwe5 months ago
The NTZ will be holding a gala fund-raising event at the Ster-Kinekor cinemas at Sam Levy’s Village, Borrowdale, please do join us and enjoy cheese and wine served before the film when you will be given the chance to meet the Committee and to support the work of the NTZ. There will be an opportunity to buy raffle tickets and win some great prizes including a weekend at the stunning La Rochelle country boutique hotel and gardens and at a lodge at the spectacular located Wild Geese Lodges, Ster Kinnekor movie tickets and lots more. You will be also able to buy a copy of the recently published ‘Nyanga’s Rich Heritage’ publication plus the lovely newly produced NTZ bags. All this for only USD15 per ticket!

Then enjoy the film called ‘Me Before You’ a 2016 American-British romantic drama film directed by Thea Sharrock and adapted by Jojo Moyes from her 2012 novel of the same name. Don’t miss out, please send a RSVP email to: info@ntoz.org with your name, telephone number along with the number of tickets that you would like in order to reserve your tickets. See you there.
National Trust of Zimbabwe
National Trust of Zimbabwe5 months ago
It is with the deepest regret that we note the passing of Darrel Plowes, in Mutare, on Wednesday 19th October 201 aged 91. Darrel has been an invaluable friend of the National Trust of Zimbabwe for a many, many years and a great source of information and of assistance through his long friendship with Sir Stephen and Lady Virginia Courtauld of La Rochelle when he worked with them on many projects in the early years of La Rochelle. His knowledge of the La Rochelle property was a great help to the Trust during the recent refurbishment programme and we will be eternally grateful for his precious input over the years.
Darrel’s long career before retirement was in agriculture, natural resource management and extension where his contributions were substantial. His extensive interests covered an incredibly wide range of subjects in the fields of natural history, agronomy, entomology, botany and ornithology, to name just a few. The Trust was truly honoured and fortunate to have as an active member, one of the greatest all-round naturalists of Zimbabwe.
Darrel was an authority on stapeliads, orchids, butterflies, birds and bird's eggs. Several new species have been named in his honour; these include grasses, aloes, a butterfly, legless lizard, mole-rat and a new sub-species of birds. His plant specimens at the National Herbarium are among the best preserved described and recorded. We are all richer for having known Darrel Plowes and we give thanks for the wonderfully inspiring life of this man and his love of all creation. Even in the last few weeks of his life, when Darrel was in great pain while sitting at the computer he took the time to write to the Trust on matters which were of concern to him.
On behalf of our Executive Council and members of the Trust, we extend our deepest sympathy to all Darrel’s family and to his companion, Nina. We will ensure a suitable tribute is recorded for Darrel as an acknowledgement and appreciation for all he has done and achieved in his lifetime.
Here are some of our Executive Committee members’ comments:
Darrel will be sadly missed and leave a big void in our community. Darrel was an incredible font of knowledge in many areas scientific, historical, and archaeological, in fauna and flora and this list is by no means exhaustive. He was extremely passionate about Zimbabwe and the Trust and its activities and especially its Mutare properties and in particular the La Rochelle Estate, having known the Courtaulds personally. Our thoughts and prayers go to all his family and close friends at this difficult time. David Scott
He was one of Zimbabwe's botanical giants and one of the most knowledgeable all-round naturalists I have ever had the pleasure and honour to meet. He may now have ended his never finishing work but will always keep on inspiring me and many others for the remainder of our lives. Whether professional scientist or amateur enthusiast we owe a great debt to his unrelenting search for knowledge and understanding of the natural world. Rob Burrett
Darrel was also a key link between the present and past of La Rochelle both with the Courtauld Family and the botanicals, particularly the orchids. It was perhaps symbolic that the Lady Virginia Orchid which last flowered in 1973 just after Lady Virginia’s death, came out into flower just before Darrel passed away some 43 years later! Fortunately Jannie Martin took the orchid up to show Darrel in hospital.
Harvey Leared
Darrel was an incredible man and a true gentleman, he was an inspiration to us all and he will sorely missed not least by myself. I was so privileged to have spent time with him over the years and to have been part of the interview and video event that we undertook with Roger Fairlie a couple of years back at La Rochelle. It is our intention to make a film on La Rochelle with Darrel’s interview included. It will be a fitting tribute. Sharon Waterworth
Darrel, as David and Sharon have noted, had so many and varied talents and achievements some of which may not generally be known. My brother in Australia wrote that he first knew Darrel as Head of Agricultural Extension for communal areas in Manicaland before he became senior in the Dept. of Agriculture in Mutare. Later he rose to a senior level in the Ministry. When he went overseas to do a Masters in Ecology Darrel gave him a number of slides showing trials on soil and water conservation, and trials and demos in communal and commercial farming areas. These always impressed the viewers and I am reminded of the brilliant photographer he was.
Darrel told me how he taught the first groups of Nyanga Weavers the various plants to use for the natural dying of wool. We are all the richer for having known Darrel and give thanks that he was able to share his knowledge and love of this country and of nature to so many. Edone Ann Logan
We have been so honoured to have had Darrel as a friend and mentor; he was a man of many parts and always with the Trust at heart. So very sorry Nina for your loss. We are all the poorer for his passing. My condolences to all his family and friends, he will be sorely missed Fira Bache
What terribly sad news. Darrel will be sorely missed and leave a deep void in the field of ornithology and botany, two of his many passions. What an amazing font of knowledge he was and such a highly respected expert in these fields he dedicated his life to. Lin Gonçalves
I write to convey my condolences to you, the family members, on the passing on of Darrel Plowes. I came to know him in person in 2014 and always kept in touch by email. On 8 April 2016 we sat at the same table at La Rochelle and touched on many issues including my request for him to bring back on the market an authoritative book on 'Gardening in Zimbabwe.' His response was in the affirmative. God has his way of doing things! Darrel will certainly be remembered and missed by the NTZ Community. May His Soul Rest in Peace. Elliot Mugamu
National Trust of Zimbabwe
National Trust of Zimbabwe added 7 new photos.5 months ago
Exciting news from La Rochelle - the LADY COURTAULD natural hybrid orchid is IN BLOOM - first time in MANY years and only the FOURTH time that it's been KNOWN to bloom!!!!!

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