We contacted the local Council and also consultants to put together a plan for this project!
When we purchased the vineyard that adjoins our Wairau vineyard mid-last year we were totally unaware that hidden in the huge area of long grass was the remains of a wetland with a small pond that ducks were enjoying and some hidden flax and cabbage trees. The stream which flows between the two vineyards has become totally choked with willow trees and after heavy rains the vineyard is flooded. Not the ideal especially during the growing season.
The native garden we planted in 2000 around the winery and Cellar Door has become a real oasis of Marlborough native plants and is a haven for birdlife. With this in mind we decided to look at restoring the wetland area at the vineyards to create another habitat for native plants and birds.
We contacted the local Council and also consultants to put together a plan for this project. Council will provide some funding and the consultants will help us work through the clearing and planting. Work has already started on getting rid of the willows and we are all excited to think that in a couple of years we will have a great space to enjoy as we watch the native plants which will start going into place in autumn, flourish in their new environment.
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