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10 Good Wineries
Banrock Station has contributed
more than $5 million to 95
projects in 13 countries since
its establishment in 1995.
Here s a country by country
snapshot of Banrock s good work:
Australia---Some projects are focused
on specific endangered species while
others conserve and restore the natural
landscape for the benefit of multiple
species of plants and animals. Projects
that have benefitted include Yellalonga
National Park in WA (ecological study);
Reedy Creek in SA (supporting the fish
breeding site); Eprapah Creek in
Queensland (walking trails interpretation
and revegetation); Coomanditchy Lagoon
in NSW (saving habitat for the green and
golden bullfrog); and Dover School Farm
in Tasmania (wetlands restoration).
Canada---Banrock Station s Wetland
Foundation Canada invests in the
protection of Canada s natural heritage.
Projects include Ducks Unlimited
Greenwing Legacy Wetland project,
Shubenacadie Wildlife Park (Nova Scotia);
Bring Back the Salmon (Lake Ontario);
and Vancouver Aquarium/Riverworks
Denmark---Projects include Danish
Society for the Conservation of Nature
Bird-hide construction and wetland
restoration at Egå Engsø (Aarhus County)
and Rebjerg Lake at Skovsgaard castle
(Langelands); and Danish Society for the
Conservation of Nature, Otter Ledges
(Southern Jutland and Western Zealand).
Finland---Projects include WWF
Finland, Interpretation of migratory values
in Liminganlahti Bay, Oulu.
Germany---Projects include Spreewald
Biosphere Spreewald Nature Observation
Trail (bird towers); and Spreewald wetland
restoration for Black Stork recovery.
Japan---The preservation of endangered
species is an important facet of Banrock
Station s environmental support. Action
taken now, such as this project in Japan,
can be the key to allowing future
generations to enjoy some of nature s
most precious gifts. Projects include
Ramsar Centre Japan, Japanese Crested
Ibis (Toki) Conservation.
Kenya---Both Lake Nakuru and Banrock
Station wetlands are Ramsar sites.
Contributing to eco-tourism projects like
this one in Kenya is a natural progression
of Banrock Station s conservation work.
Projects include Kenyan Wildlife Service
(eco-tourism plan for Lake Nakuru
Netherlands---An important reed bed
site has been restored to recreate habitat
for the many species of plants and animals
that were being driven from their homes
by degradation of the area. Locally extinct
European otters have recently been
reintroduced to the site. Projects include
Staatsbosbeheer, De Weeribben National
Park (restoring wetland habitats of reed
beds and marshes and renaming the area
as the Banrock Marshes).
New Zealand---Banrock Station s
contribution to Wetland Care NZ is
supporting vital wetland restoration work
that will help in the recovery of the
endangered Pateke duck. Projects include
Manawatu River Estuary Trust; and
Foxton Henley Trust Restoration of
Henley Lake Wetland Complex.
Meanwhile Banrock Station has installed
66ha of a very different type of subsurface
irrigation system, which now covers a
quarter of the vineyard area. The system
encapsulates a conventional drip irrigation
tube within a recycled synthetic fabric,
which is then buried alongside the vine
rows at a depth of 200mm. This system
will prevent evaporation of water from the
surface during its application over the
hotter months as well as after the
application of irrigation water.
The system is anticipated to reduce water
use by 20-30% (from 6.5 megalitres per ha
to 4.5 megalitres), without altering yields.
Banrock Station s core range now
comes in new lightweight bottles,
complementing its existing green work.
McLaren Vale winery Paxton has announced its
second 1% For The Planet (1%FTP) donation
to local organisation Friends of Aldinga Scrub,
who work to protect and conserve the last
remaining area of coastal native vegetation on
the Adelaide plain. While this local cause may
not have obvious national and international
relevance, the whole point of 1%FTP is for every
business involved to be able to do something,
and collectively make a difference.
In January 2008 Paxton became the first
Australian winery to join 1%FTP, a global
organisation of environmentally aware
businesses that donate 1% of their annual
sales to environmental causes every year. Since
its establishment in 2002, 1%FTP has grown
rapidly into a global movement and today
consists of 1,246 companies that donate 1% of
their sales to a network of 1,837 environmental
Friends of Aldinga Scrub president Julie
Burgher said, "Over the last year we have
continued planting revegetation enclosures
along the northern boundary of the park and
have undertaken an extensive weed control
program. This work aims to protect and improve
the habitat for threatened and endangered
plant species. Thanks to the support of Paxton s
1%FTP donation, Friends of Aldinga Scrub will
be able to maintain a consistent approach in
tackling these persistent weed invaders."
Paxton s general manager Toby Bekkers said,
"We re incredibly proud to be a member of
1%FTP and support this inspiring organisation
which is connecting like-minded businesses
around the world who are financially committed
to environmental protection. If you don t know
much about 1%FTP and the important work
they are facilitating, then I encourage you to
check out the following short videos and learn
a little more."
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