Wanantaka estate was established in 1582. In 1978 manor was bought from family Standertskjöld by Casimir Ehrnrooth, and is nowadays is owned by Casimir’s sons Georg and Carl Gustav Ehrnrooth. Georg Ehrnrooth has been responsible for the estate and its functions for the last 15 years. Originally Wanantaka had over 5000 hectares fields and forests, but is now significantly smaller. The manor itself was built in 1901.
Wanantaka is located in Janakkala in the southern Finland. It is active in agriculture, forestry and hunting. Three different farms take care of over 800 hectares of fields, whereof 120 hectares belong to Wanantaka. Every year over 20 hectares are used for feeding game, which is a significant amount of the total area.
Privately owned Thomas Ab takes care of around 900 hectares of Wanantaka forests. At the moment most of the forests is mainly spruce, but since the goal is to uphold and increase diversity, the amount of deciduous trees will be increased. Hardwood has been and will be planted as often as it is possible. In the future forests will be FSC certified
Long tradition in hunting
Hunting is a long tradition in Wanantaka. Pheasants have been bred over 60 years, and the first commercial pheasant hunt was organized already in 1984. For the last 50 years hunts have been carried out together with the local hunting club. Its members hunt moose and deer on the Wanantaka grounds, and in return act as beaters in pheasant hunts. This arrangement has contributed to great relations with neighbors and locals.
Wanantaka has for many generations employed a gamekeeper. He has taken care of the game and organized hunts. During the last few years emphasis has been on developing the hunting events, and as the result in 2014 commercial duck hunts were launched. This was done by reconditioning old wetlands as well as by constructing new ones, and this work is still continuing with the help of Swedish Carl Pheiff, one of the highly appreciated wetland designers.
During the hunting season there are ca. 20 commercial pheasant and duck hunts mainly for Finnish corporate customers, majority of which are returning ones. It is unlikely to get more visitors from abroad due to the vast amount of hunt providers outside the Finnish borders.
Frontrunner in sustainable development
Wanantaka has greatly invested in sustainable development and is a frontrunner in diversity among the Finnish farms. Game species and nature overall is taken into account in all actions. For example 70 000 spruces and thousands of shrubs have been planted and wetlands and feeding fields for game have been created. In addition deciduous trees are favored over coniferous trees, which not only increases diversity but also creates more suitable conditions for different game species. In 2014 a private nature reserve of over 100 hectares was founded, and in the same year Wanantaka also applied for and was granted the Wildlife Estates recognition.
The long term goal of Wanantaka is to be the leading estate what comes to diversity and sustainable development in the field of agriculture. It also plans to be self-contained in energy production by implementing solar energy and using wood chips for heating. Wanantaka wants to be a source of inspiration to other farms in Finland.