Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Gabrielskloof Winery has been TreeCo’ed!

TreeCo had the absolute pleasure of being instrumental in the successful installation of just over 100 trees around the new Cellar and Wine Tasting area at Gabrielskloof Winery. Situated on a ‘koppie’ just 500m from the N2 highway between Caledon and Botriver, Gabrielskloof will soon be welcoming visitors to experience their outstanding wines and enjoy the panoramic views of the Overberg from their farm.

Due to its elevated location, the Gabrielskloof site is particularly exposed and windy and this presented a unique challenge in selecting trees that would flourish within this landscape.

We invited Barry Anderson, the General Manager of Gabrielskloof who was to oversee the project, to visit us at our nursery, which enabled us to assist with the selection of suitable trees for their specialised requirements. Together we hand-picked the best available specimens of the following trees for suitability and maximum impact. Searsia chirindensis (Redcurrant Tree), an attractive indigenous tree with lovely reddish autumn foliage; Populus simonii (Poplar), a striking tall, narrow tree; Celtis sinensis (White Stinkwood), a stunning, easy to grow ornamental tree; Harpephyllum caffrum (Wild Plum), a lovely medium to large tree with an attractive spreading crown; and the Quercus nigra (Water Oak) with its magnificent dark green foliage.

We delivered the trees to Gabrielskloof, assisted to place each tree in the most suitable position and provided the Gabrielskloof planting team with guidance as to how each tree should be planted.

The end result is truly spectacular and we will be visiting Barry at Gabrielskloof in the coming months and years to track the growth of their beautiful trees.

Barry had this to say about TreeCo;

“Rudi’s constant enthusiasm, extensive knowledge, professional service and personal input have made dealing with TreeCo an absolute pleasure. His advice regarding placement and actual planting procedure has been invaluable to us. We are most impressed with the superb quality of the trees and the fact that all the trees are doing really well, in spite of being planted on an extremely windy site, bears testimony to this. It is also reassuring to know that should we encounter any problems or should we require any further advice, Rudi is always available and will personally come out on site to assist us. With their exceptional value for money, superb quality and service excellence, TreeCo will definitely be my first choice should I require more trees in future”.

Gabrielskloof Winery before it was "TreeCo'ed"

Gabrielskloof Winery after it was "TreeCo'ed"

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