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

7433

RESTORING THE CRITICAL BALANCE OF DIVERSITY

CONSERVING AND ENHANCING OUR NATURAL VEGETATION

The landscaping and rehabilitation of the Farm focus on indigenous plants and bulbs that are sited in areas where they can grow naturally.

Spier has a permanent team of 30 employees dedicated to the propagation and re-planting of indigenous and endemic plant species.

The team strives to source endangered plants as well as plants that are no longer found in the area. This focus will continue at pace until a critical balance of diversity has been restored to the farm. 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.

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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 ...

Nursery Team

STEP INSIDE THE SPIER NURSERY part 2

15 November 2017

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

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STEP INSIDE THE SPIER NURSERY part 1

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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MEET THE TEAM: WILTON SIKHOSANA

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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Energy

As part of Spier’s commitment to a self-sufficient and sustainable future, we’re constantly looking at ways to reduce our environmental footprint.

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Spier Food Garden

In our food gardens, Megan McCarthy teaches members of disadvantaged local communities how to grow food using eco-friendly and regenerative techniques.

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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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Tree-preneurs

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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Helping local start-ups thrive

Spier helps entrepreneurs — many of the former employees — to launch and successfully run their own small businesses.

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Conserving wildlife through education

Spier supports Eagle Encounters by donating land, electricity and water for its facilities.

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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.