makes Jenny’s contribution unusual is that, other than a regular
BA Degree (1972), she holds no qualifications in environmental science
nor a formal teaching degree. However her life long passion for nature
conservation, which began as a child and was fully activated by her attendance
at the 3rd Wilderness Congress in Scotland in 1983, has over the years
taken shape in a variety of creative initiatives, all aimed at introducing
both adults and children from all sectors of the local community to the
wilderness and providing basic education on the necessity of utilising
our natural resource base wisely. Most notable has been her specific role
over the past nine years in spearheading a Campaign for the Sustainable
Development of the Garden Route and developing the Khanyisa Environmental
Full name : Jennifer Anne Lawrence
Date of birth : 4 September 1951
Education : Matriculated in 1969 ( National Senior Certificate)
Graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1972 (Degree of Bachelor of Arts)
Director of Heidehof Lodge Pty) Ltd
Founder of the Garden Route Trust for Community Development and the Environment
Founder of the Khanyisa Environmental Education Programme
Founder Global Resources Energy Exchange Network
1973 to 1977 : Extensive travel in Europe and America, working informally in various centres, with a specific focus on global environmental issues. Links were forged with organisations such as Green Peace International, World Wide Fund for Nature, the Wilderness Leadership School, Outward Bound, the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland (where I spent a full year). During this four year period I attended seminars and conferences and participated numerous workshops relating to various environmental issues.
1977 to 1978: Back in South Africa,I became involved in informal voluntary community development work.
March 1979: Purchased a small guest lodge on the boundary of the Tsitsikamma National Park with the aim of establishing t as an environmental education centre. Since then it has been open alternately to tourists and holiday makers during peak periods and for environmental and community building workshops during the low season periods.
October 1983: Attended the World Wilderness Congress at Inverness, Scotland.
October 1995: Initiated the Campaign for Sustainable Development of the Garden Route in response to a spate of inappropriate commercial developments in sensitive areas.
July 1996: Founded the Garden Route Trust for Community Development and the Environment as the vehicle to extend the campaign and initiate educational programmes. Was involved from its inception with the Provincial Development Council and its regional branch, the Garden Route Development Council. Participated in the Coastal Management Policy Planning process. In recognition of my voluntary campaignuing work, was nominated for the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Conserva Award in September 1996.The work on this level continues.
Have served on the Plettenberg Bay Community Environmental Forum since its inception,on the Tsitsikamma Conservation Forum and on the Plettenberg Bay RDP Forum.