IN CELEBRATION of National Tree Day, De Bortoli Wines planted approximately 1,000 seeds on Thursday to revegetate one hectare of land adjoining its Bilbul Winery.
National Tree Day is officially on August 2, and De Bortoli Wines have begun a new annual tradition in honour of the event as part of their ongoing commitment to revegetation in NSW and Victoria.
This inaugural 'native seed planting' saw direct seeding of approximately 1,000 seeds that were reflective of species from the original ecosystem.
Owner of Riverina Revegetation, Di Kelly-Chirgwin, took part in the direct seeding and will return to the site in future to monitor and track the progress of the seeds.
Managing Director Darren De Bortoli shared his passion for the initiative and the winery's sustainability efforts.
"In addition to the effort taking place at our Bilbul home, we are gifting more than 700 seedlings to all our employees and some of our customers, to plant at home as part of our National Tree Day initiative," Mr De Bortoli said.
"We want our team to feel encouraged and empowered to make a positive contribution, individually and collectively to our sustainability efforts."
De Bortoli Wines has taken a committed approach to adopt environmentally sustainable practices, commenting that their company's future lies in the health of soil, plants and precious water resources.
The company has conducted a wide range of innovative programs and practices to achieve their environmental goals - including water management, biological farming and an overhaul of packaging and waste management practices.
De Bortoli Wines' ultimate aim is to a become a 'zero waste wine company'.
Health, safety and environment manager, Lindsay Gullifer, explained more about the National Tree Day initiative.
"We chose to undertake direct seeding of the native tree seeds in this particular spot as part of good farming practices," Mr Gullifer explained.
"To have native tree lots and shelter belts and to harbour beneficials insects and predators of common pests in farming."