14th June 2023 | Lieutenancy News

Wildlife Walk opening

On Tuesday 13th June, The Lord-Lieutenant opened a new wildlife walk at Albury Organic Vineyard. 

Albury Organic is located in the Surrey Hills, The 20-acre vineyard is a small family-run business, planted by Nick Wenman in 2009, and it’s one of the few certified organic and biodynamic vineyards in the UK.

The wildlife walk has been built around the perimeter of the new vineyard planting, and Albury Organic worked in collaboration with Surrey Wildlife and Surrey Hills National Landscape, with Surrey Choices helping with the planting.

Growing vines in harmony with nature is their priority and they minimise the use of chemicals on the land preferring the use of natural preparations and compost teas. This allows wildlife to thrive and the vineyard provides a live habitat for birds, bees, flowers and frogs.

The project is focused on conserving nature and the wildlife walk features bat and barn owl boxes, bug hotels, bee hives, butterfly scrapes, an insect highway, wildflower meadows to attract pollinators, compost pits and a pond. The information signs and benches along the route are made from trees that fell on the Albury Estate during the storm of 2022.

They have pledged to create and maintain a unique habitat for nature and wildlife,  and will make their wildlife walk accessible to charities, vulnerable groups and school children in order to educate and inspire others to strive towards greater sustainability.

For more information, please visit www.alburyvineyard.com

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