Growing For Good The Spier Nursery

Nurturing biodiversity

The Spier Nursery was established to propagate and grow indigenous trees and plants that are specific to the region to re-introduce these onto the farm.

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Established in 2012

A few key facts

Propagated and replanted more than

1 million bulbs

Trees and shrubs established

102 957

Succulents grown




Every seed planted is a step towards restoring a critical balance of diversity and enhancing our farm's natural beauty with indigenous plants and bulbs that belong here.

Our team of 30 permanent employees are dedicated to the propagation and re-planting of indigenous and endemic plant species, striving to source endangered plants as well as plants that are no longer found in the area.

In the last year (July 2022-June 2023), we planted 28 961 trees, shrubs, bulbs and groundcover, carefully allocated across various restoration projects — 11 076 for landscaping, enhancing the aesthetic and natural beauty of the farm; 868 for fynbos restoration, preserving the unique Cape floral kingdom; 5917 aimed at ecosystem restoration, revitalising the farm’s ecological health; and 7582 for river and wetland restoration, safeguarding the waterways that meander through Spier.

This granular level of detail in our planting efforts, from the selection of plant types like the Watsonia borbonica for treating the dam wall to the Aristea ensifolia for landscaping, demonstrates our commitment to a balanced and thriving ecosystem. Spier hopes that we will have developed biodiversity unique in this area that would be both valuable and educational for the future.

The Nursery has planted over 102 957 different trees, shrubs and fynbos on the Farm since 2012.

Blog stories

Read the latest news about our initiatives

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Spier Honoured with Commendation for Sustainability at 2023 Drinks Business Green Awards

05 December 2023

This joins our growing trophy cabinet from the Drinks Business, including the 2022 Ethical ...

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Spier one of three honourees in the WWF Conservation Leaders category in the 2020 Wine & Tourism Awards

25 September 2020

Spier's energy and water saving, ecological rehabilitation and support for community ...

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15 November 2017

In Part 1 we discussed the extensive restoration, conservation and rehabilitation of ...

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01 November 2017

Over one million bulbs, 87 000 trees and shrubs and 6 000 succulents have been propagated ...

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Meet the team: Samuel Moloi

28 March 2017

Spier is home to a diverse bunch of passionate people, doing what they love, and committed ...

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08 March 2017

Spier is home to a diverse bunch of passionate people, doing what they love, and committed ...

Explore all our initiatives

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Spier Food Garden

Cultivating resilience and flavour through eco-friendly farming and community engagement.

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Reducing and reusing water

100% of Spier’s black and grey wastewater is recycled using a centralised wastewater treatment plant installed in 2007.

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An ethical supply chain

We ensure integrity throughout our supply chain by monitoring the agreed commitments in our Spier Supplier Ethical Code of Conduct, which includes compliance with all relevant labour, health and safety and environmental legislation.

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Agents of change

Because each employee is an ambassador for Spier and its values, every new member of our team participates in a five-day training course that explores environmental and social challenges.

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Pack for a purpose

Pack for a Purpose invites visitors to Spier to fill spare space in their luggage with much-needed books, stationery and other educational supplies for disadvantaged young students

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Skills development

Spier is a participating employer in the Pinotage Youth Development Academy which seeks to educate and employ disadvantaged youth in the wine industry.

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Living in some of the province’s most impoverished communities, Tree-preneurs are taught how to care for indigenous trees and plants.

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Harambee youth employment accelerator

Spier recruits entry-level staff through Harambee, an initiative that sources, trains and places unemployed young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into their first jobs.

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Teaching the value of waste

100% of our organic waste is transformed into organic, nutrient-rich fertiliser and more than 97% of our solid waste is recycled.

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Living Soils Community Learning Farm

Based at Spier, this learning and demonstration farm produces nutritious food using eco-friendly regenerative farming methods while empowering a new generation of farmers.

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A Living Tribute to Contemporary South African Art

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The Spier Art Collection

The Spier Art Collection is one of the largest contemporary collections of South African art in the country.

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Nurturing nature

Our land is holistically farmed to create a diversified, balanced ecosystem with minimal impact on the environment.

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Experiential Art

Experience interactive outdoor performances during Spier's annual art events.

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The Creative Block Project

Curate your own collection by established and emerging artists to create a vibrant collage expressing contemporary South Africa.

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Outdoor Mosaic Installations

The mosaic artworks at Spier were created by students and graduates of the three-year Spier Artisan Apprenticeship Programme, which ran from 2008 to 2020.

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Carbon & climate

Spier is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and nurturing healthy, carbon-rich soils.