The Worcester Veld Reserve was established in 1935, in response to the severe drought of the 1920s, which resulted in the severe deterioration of the natural veld in the area. The purpose of Worcester Veld Reserve is the propagation of seeds of indigenous veld species unique to the area to provide to the farmers to improve their veld. The reserve covers 110 hectares of which 25 hectares are arable. The long-term rainfall is 212 mm per year with the highest annual rainfall of 426 mm.

Research

The main objective of the Worcester Veld Reserve is seed production for the re-establishment and improvement of natural pastures.

The species established include Tripteris sinuata (karoobietou), Eriocephalus africanus (Kapokbos), Hirpicium integrifolium (tuft) and Chaetobromus dreageanus (hartebeest grass) and seeds are harvested in large quantities and is made available to farmers to improve their veld as well as for use in research projects.

Worcester Veld Reserve plays an important role in the veld research programme of the Directorate: Plant Sciences. Research includes germination and seed bank studies in the nursery, plant surveys for veld condition assessments, rehabilitation of degraded land / old veld, and farm visits to give advice regarding veld improvement and veld condition.

Sustainable Resource Management (Landcare), Farmer Support and Development and Veterinary Services also have offices at Worcester Veld Reserve.