The Land Conservancy of BC, Near Greater Victoria
This past week we visited the Abkhazi Garden along Fairfield Rd. in Victoria near the Oak Bay border, a truly amazing beautifully designed and maintained Garden that was purchased by The Land Conservancy in 2000. We will post a pictorial about our visit later, but our visit triggered our renewed interest in the TLC.
Usually known as TLC, The Land Conservancy is a non-profit, charitable Land Trust working throughout British Columbia. TLC protects important habitat for plants, animals and natural communities as well as properties with historical, cultural, scientific, scenic or compatible recreational value.
Founded in 1997, TLC is modeled after the National Trust of Britain. It is a democratic organization, membership-based, and governed by an elected Board of Directors (volunteer). TLC relies on a strong membership and volunteer base to help maintain its operations. TLC has Saved over 300 properties to tallying over 125,000 acres of disappearing natural areas, historic sites, farms, ranches and places of community and recreational importance.
The Land Conservancy (TLC) achieves its conservation objectives by working in a non-confrontational, businesslike manner. TLC works with many partners, all levels of government, other agencies, businesses, community groups and individuals to ensure the broadest support for our activities. TLC is here for the long term. TLC takes properties under their care, with the goal to protect them in perpetuity.
Near Greater Victoria TLC Owns, Operates, Holds Covenants over and or Manages the following properties:
- Madrona Farms (a 27 acre working farm only 10 minutes away from downtown Victoria).
- Abkhazi Garden (Fairfield Rd Victoria near the Oak Bay Border).
- Craigflower National Historic Sites Of Canada (The Manor and Schoolhouse Near Craigflower and Admirals).
- Creekside Rain Forest (on Salt Spring Island).
- Keating Farm Estate (in the Cowichan Valley).
- Christmas Hill Sanctuary (In Saanich near McKenzie Ave. and Pat Bay Hwy).
- Matthews Point on Galiano Island.
- Cowichan River (Near Duncan).
- Sansum Point (Near Duncan).
- Gorge Selkirk Restoration Project (Between Victoria, Saanich and Esquimalt).
- Qualicum Bat House (it is a protected location to preserve the species).
- Nanaimo River (56 Acres, old growth near Nanaimo).
- Wilwood (Near Ladysmith).
- Ross Bay Villa (Fairfield Rd. Victoria).
- Sooke Potholes (156 acres near Sooke).
- Sea to Sea Green Blue Belt (Connecting The Saanich Inlet to the Sooke Basin with a Green Belt of Parks, and Protected lands)
- South Winchelsea Island (Off the East coast of Vancouver Island Near Parksville)
- Vancouver Island / Coast Region Conservation Covenants.
Over the next weeks and months we hope to visit and share impressions and stories from many of these amazing properties, and the Pfanntastic work TLC is able to accomplish all over BC and in particular around Greater Victoria.
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