Sam Nicolson of
The Picturesque property ‘Bonneys Plains’, nestled beneath the Ben Lomond massif, was purchased in 1935 and is currently under its fourth generation of Nicolson management. The year 2023 will mark 200 years of continuous wool growing by the Nicolson family in Tasmania’s Northern Midlands. Annually, Bonneys Plains produces 150 bales of superfine merino wool, at an average of 16.5 micron.
Respect for and working with the natural environment are the traditional cornerstones to land management at Bonneys Plains. 80% of the farm is either native grassland or grassy woodland constituting many important indigenous plant communities – habitat for numerous species of Tasmanian wildlife. Stewardship agreements are currently in place to ensure the continued health of this country.
The families approach to sensitive land management and water quality improvement has been recognised by winning two Tasmanian and one all Australian Landcare awards. A plant nursery was established in the 1980’s to supply local indigenous plants for our surrounding farms. No irrigation is undertaken on the property, and our attitude to animal welfare is demonstrated by all sheep being unmulsed.
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