How the St Francis Kromme Enviro-Trust Began

lindy pagdenIn 1981, the Swartkops Trust addressed a St Francis Ratepayers meeting at which it was explained how necessary it was to have an environmental watchdog in the area. Lindy Pagden, who had lived in St Francis since 1975, took up the challenge and in 1982, the St Francis Kromme Enviro-Trust was formed.

One of the early achievements of the Enviro-Trust was engagement with the architects of Port St Francis, which as a result looks very different today to the design that was initially proposed.That design required reclaiming a substantial portion of land below the high water mark and had large tracts of congested housing. “In those days, people were passionate about St Francis Bay and really cared about it,” said Lindy, “digging deep into their pockets for money to fight inappropriate developments.”

Two-Harbours1The second major achievement of the Enviro-Trust was the preservation of Public Open Space along the coastline in St Francis on Sea. Developers wanted to build another row of houses along the rocks. The community objected strongly and the Kromme Enviro-Trust engaged attorneys to fight this: in the end the developers conceded. As a result we today have the Two Harbours Walk.

These early cases established the Kromme Enviro-Trust’s approach: to preserve the best of our environmental heritage by, on the one hand, vigorous opposition to detrimental development and, on the other, promotion of the appreciation and conservation of our rich biodiversity.