At Afton Grove Country Retreat we strive towards being good custodians of the environment. We adopt fair, socio-friendly & sustainable practices in the upliftment of historically disadvantaged people groups.
Listed below are some of the areas in which we are currently involved or participate
- Assist in the protection & well being of the endangered African Penguin in the following ways;-
- Donation of penguin shelters on Dyer Island.
- Assist in the cleaning & rehabilitation of oiled Penguins.
- Active protection of IUCN red listed invertebrates ie. Western Leopard Toad occurs on the grounds. Ongoing educational & awareness programme with staff & guests.
- Support wildlife trusts
- Support TEARS animal rescue
- No harmful pesticides utilised in garden.
- No chemical fertilisers used.
- Irrigation water from well point.
- Solar powered heating to main hot water supply.
- Salt chlorination to swimming pool.
- Monthly donation of used magazines to local hospitals & old age homes.
- Support local producers/suppliers
- Energy reduction programme in place.
- Recycle waste
- Only free range eggs used
- Wood from invasive species used on barbeque
- Provide work opportunities for local community
- Up-skilling of staff from previously disadvantaged communities through ongoing in house training.
- Education sponsorship programme for deserving children of staff.
- Promote from within policy.
- Donate used furnishings to needy causes within the local community.
- Used guest toiletries passed on to locally under privileged.
- Left over breads, jams etc. passed on to locally under privileged.
Security & Safety
Our guests peace of mind and absolute comfort is of paramount importance to us.
These are some of the measures taken to ensure the above;-
- Secure on site parking is provided behind an access controlled gate.
- A private security company provides the services of a registered & certificated security patrolman.
- We subscribe to the services of Cape Medical Rescue (much like the well known rescue 911) who have an all hours contact number and whose trained paramedics can be reached at any time in an emergency.
- Public Liability insurance in place.
Western Leopard Toad (Bufo Pantherinus)
Robben Island Penguin Rescue
Free-range breakfast eggs
Arum Lilly Reed Frog
Dashren Kuun School Bursary
P.O. Box 15
Tel: (+27) 021 7852992
Fax: (+27) 021 7853456