Welcome to the Thicket Forum


The Thicket Forum was formed in 2004 by a group of people affectionately known as "Thicketeers"- it is an affiliation of researchers, conservation managers, landowners, rural communities and other interested parties with a shared interest in Subtropical Thicket and its biodiversity. Thicket is one of South Africa’s major biomes, with an exceptional number of unique plant species. However, > 70% of Thicket has been transformed or removed, so many of these unique plant species and their valued uses are under threat. The Thicket Forum meets annually to discuss research results and the sustainable management of Thicket, with the aim of conserving our natural heritage for future South Africans.

Thicket Forum 2020

The three-day Forum at Addo Elephant National Park has been cancelled due to COVID-19

Photo credit: Yenziwe Mbuyisa, RRRG

What is subtropical thicket?

More than the home of Spekboom- A biodiversity hotspot under threat

Photo credit: Adriaan Grobler, NMU

Access Resources

Access the vast body of knowledge that has been developed over the last few decades.

Photo credit: Yenziwe Mbuyisa, RRRG

Join our mailing list

The Mailing list is used to communicate details about the upcoming forums and post forum details and needs.

Join the WhatsApp Group

The Thicket Forum Whatsapp Group is used for event communication only.

General enquiries

Secretariat: William Gummow

E: thicketforum[at]gmail[dot]com

C: (+27) 084 478 9371