Van Riebeck’s Hedge

Photographer: Arthur Elliot

In the 1650’s, in order to form a protective barrier around his farm, Boschheuwel, Jan van Riebeeck instructed that a hedge of Wild Almond, Brabejum stellatifolium, be planted around its perimeter. Remarkably, some 350 years later, parts of this hedge remain in Bishopscourt on Wynberg Hill and in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and are protected as a National Monument.


A large flat piece of granite, situated on the property at 18 Norwich Drive, adjacent to the road, is said to have been used as a picnic table by van Riebeeck, and is protected.