BILL MINCHER - farewell to a leader in Orchid Conservation

It is with a very sad heart that we announce the passing of Bill Mincher, the founding member and driving force behind the creation of Wild Orchids Southern Africa.  Bill passed away on Monday morning 17th June 2019.

Right up to the evening before, Bill was still busy with organising the next WOSA 5 conference which is to be held at Drakensberg Gardens in January 2020. Bill's selfless dedication to the conservation of South African Indigenous Orchids has brought the organisation to a point where it is now. Using his experience gained during the setting up of the Yellowfish Working Group some 20 years and his involvement with the Federation of Southern African Fly Fishers he turned his attention to the preservation and conservation of our indigenous orchids in South Africa some 5 years ago. 

In the process he has managed to bring the hobbyist orchid grower, the public as well as the academic fraternity together and fostered a much wider awareness of the roughly 500 orchid species found in South Africa. 

Bill will be sorely missed by all that know him, an irreplaceable icon in the world of South African Orchids. A true gentleman in all respects. 

Our sincere condolences to the family, his children Jane, Bryan and Craig. Rest in peace Bill Mincher.