The Buttery family decided to preserve a 10 hectare section of land within the Gemtree vineyard in 1998 to contribute to the survival of local native species and to ensure an ecological balance is maintained on the property.
Originally it was a degraded creek line littered with rubbish from past farming use and feral weeds, Gemtree partnered with Greening Australia to develop the site and planted over 50,000 natives. The site is now a biodiverse wetland and a haven for native birds, plants and animals.
The wetlands help us grow better wine!
Biodiversity in the wetlands aids Gemtree’s agricultural production through:
- Improving the quality of the soil by cycling nutrients
- Controlling wind and water erosion and rising ground water
- Providing habitat for useful predators of pest insects within the property and a safe haven for vineyard pollinators
- Water cycling through the wetland provides a natural filter breaking down agricultural wastes from upstream
Wetlands Ecotrail and Tours
The Gemtree Wetlands Ecotrail is open free to the public everyday. Feel free to wander the ecotrail at your leisure and take advantage of the complimentary BBQ facilities.