Mark Kretzmann completed his matric at Riverside High school in Gauteng followed by compulsory military service in Namibia. Mark received a bursary from the now defunct SAR&H, (South African Railways & Harbours), to study his National Diploma in Horticulture at Cape Technikon. After working back his bursary, largely with the Environmental Maintenance Division of SAR&H, Mark worked for several landscaping businesses, including Green Acres Landscaping, a multiple SALI, (South African Landscape Institute), award winning company, where he gained experience in managing large project installations.
Mark pursued his studies further and completed a B Sc with majors in Botany and Environmental Science at UCT and completed a bridging year of studying towards a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture.
In addition, Mark holds a certificate in Permaculture Design, undertaken at Thlolego Training Centre near Rustenburg. Mark is a member of CREW (Custodians of Rare & Endangered Wildflowers), a voluntary arm of SANBI (South African Bio-diversity Institute).
From an early age, Mark has had a fascination with Nature in all its’ varying forms and besides having an intimate plant knowledge, he is familiar with most things that crawl, slither, fly, hop or swim, and their inter-relationships. He has worked as an assistant field researcher on species ranging from bats to armadillo lizards. Mark is particularly passionate about creating wildlife gardens and environments which promote bio-diversity and offer ‘urban refuge’ to the variety of garden creatures, currently under unprecedented environmental threat.
Mark started a retail Nursery in Kalk Bay in 1994, from which he ran a landscaping business called Living Gardens.
Craig Dunlop was born in Cape Town in 1965 and raised in the Constantia Valley on the Peninsula. After matriculating at Wynberg Boys High School in 1983, he completed two years military service before moving to London and Jersey U.K. for two years. In the U.K. the landscaping bug bit and he worked on many landscaping projects as a junior gardener, cutting his teeth in this industry.
Upon his return to Cape Town, he worked for a prominent landscaping company and gained experience in the construction of sportsfields, bowling greens, commercial and residential landscaping. During this time he completed a National Diploma in Horticulture at Cape Technikon and in 1991 he went out on his own and opened a small retail nursery and landscaping business in Hout Bay. Three years later the nursery was changed to a wholesale operation and the business became known as African Environmental Projects. This business went well and many projects were successfully completed - the flagship being Ruyteplaats Private estate in Hout Bay.
In 2002, Craig pursued an additional career as a tour guide. As a tour guide Craig is flexible with his time and this enables him to still be active in the landscaping business. He loves landscaping and prides himself on his practical problem solving abilities when tackling a difficult project.
Between the two of them, Mark and Craig have over 40 years of experience in the landscaping industry.
Our business is based upon good value for money, client based, service delivery.
In the broader context we have an ethical approach to sustainable gardens and environments, which promote and support bio-diversity.
Mark Kretzmann joined Craig at African Environmental Projects in 2000 and a good partnership was forged. In 2004, the business was re-branded as Livingscapes - a word play on the garden being a ‘living space’ for both people, plants and associated fauna.
Livingscapes’ emphasis is on residential and commercial landscaping design and/or installation.
African Environmental Projects has been retained as a sub-division of Livingscapes, both for its’ well established reputation, as well as a sector specialising in environmental and ecological aspects.
Situated in Hout Bay, Cape Town, the bulk of our work takes place in the southern suburbs, Atlantic seaboard, Cape Town, along the False Bay coastline through to Cape Point. We have however completed projects as far afield as Mossel Bay and Yzerfontein.
Most of our team have been with the company since inception. Over the years they have been trained on the job, being groomed for certain aspects of landscaping as natural skills became apparent. All our staff are Hout Bay residents.
In the interests of client privacy, we have chosen not to present details in featured projects. However, as we firmly believe in client satisfaction, we will gladly supply the contact particulars of our three most recently completed projects for reference. If deemed necessary, contact details of featured projects may be supplied upon request.
We currently hold Level 4 BEE Certification.