Restoring our natural environment.
Ngeringa at Mount Barker Springs began as open cleared farmland, with some native trees planted along property borders. Since establishing our vineyard and winery in 2001, our commitment to the intrinsic health of our land has created a long-term revegetation plan, in partnership with Trees for Life.
We are so fortunate to produce our wines in such a beautiful place. However, we lament the historical and current loss of native habitat and biodiversity across Australia. To ensure the long-term survival of our delicate ecosystem and hence maximise sustainable farming production, we are committed to operating our farm alongside native fauna and flora.
To us, sustainability means minimising impact and ensuring the long-term health of our natural environment, both within and beyond Ngeringa.
In the distance, from our farm home, we can still see bare ridge lines, open paddocks and lone remnant gum trees. Our property-wide revegetation program will eventually change our landscape significantly. Plots of land have been set aside on all three Ngeringa properties for seed planting over future years.
In the summer of 2007/08, we seeded our first few hundred indigenous plants to small tubes and have done so every year since then, seeding out each species according to natural germination dates.
The first seedlings planted out in winter 2009 are growing strongly. And every winter since, as Trees For Life members, we have planted up to 1500 endemic plants across our properties. Another 1000 plants are waiting in pots to be planted this winter.
We are extremely grateful for the ability to improve the natural capital of our properties with special thanks to the fabulous organisation that is Trees For Life. To find out how you can help with revegetation in your local area, contact www.treesforlife.org.au