Vergelegen Wine Estate in Cape Town has completed South Africa’s largest private alien vegetation clearing project.
The 318-year-old wine estate located in Somerset West began the major long-term project in 2004.
Vergelegen's MD Don Tooth says the initiative was inspired by local citizens who raised environmental concerns for the estate.
The project involved clearing 2200 hectares of densely packed pine, acacia and eucalyptus. It was funded by estate owners Anglo American.
Tooth says there has been a positive impact on dam levels, water streams on the premises, wildlife, and insectlife as well.
He says there has been a decrease in the need for insecticide, while also boosting worker training and local job creation.
We set about clearing 2200 hectares of alien vegetation to bring it back to pristine fynbos.— Don Tooth, managing director at Vergelegen Wine Estate
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