Professor Richard Cowling joins the team

We are delighted to announce that Professor Richard Cowling has agreed to join us as a Non-Exec Board Member-Chairman Designate of The Heights Tea Estate. (HTE). Prof Cowling is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Botany Department at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Prior to moving to the Eastern Cape (in 2000), he was the Leslie Hill Professor of Plant Conservation and Director of the Institute for Plant Conservation at the University of Cape Town.

Prof. Cowling will be initiating and co-ordinating research on the propagation and cultivation of Honeybush under the auspices of the HTE.

Prof Cowling is a globally renowned expert on the evolution and conservation of the flora and vegetation of southern Africa. He has published over 300 items in the peer-reviewed, scientific literature, and has authored five books. Throughout his career, Prof Cowling has been actively engaged in professional and civic organizations in order to ensure the effective outreach and implementation of research findings.

Prof Cowling has been widely recognized for his contributions both locally and internationally. The National Research Foundation has awarded him an A1 rating, indicating that he is a world leader in his research field.  He is one of two African members of the USA National Academy of Sciences and the only African who has been awarded a Fellowship of the Ecological Society of America. Other prestigious awards include a Pew Fellows Program Award (1994) and the Society for Conservation Biology’s Distinguished Service Award (2004).

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