Crab Apple is the passion of Helen and Barend Booysen from the Dargle Valley, KwaZulu Natal South Africa. Up a steep country road, deep in the Dargle Valley in the midlands, is the large Crab Apple Chapel. Covered in ivy, it is a picture perfect country chapel. An icon in the area, it has now grown into a popular wedding chapel.
Helen and Barend have lived in the Dargle for decades and developed a passion and love for the area. The Dargle Valley is lush and green all year round and resembles the Irish countryside. It is from this that it was so named. The original settlers, the Fannins arrived in 1847 and were reminded by the little stream running through the area of the Dargle River at Powerscourt, County Wicklow in Ireland and so named the place The Dargle. It experiences heavy rainfall and mist in the summer. Determined to preserve the natural beauty of the area, Barend and Helen were key in the development of a conservancy, The Dargle Nature Reserve and it was named a national heritage site.