Growplan in Lawrence

Today Covid alert Level 2 from 6am meant a local event was cancelled where Nigel was to have a display for Growplan. The car was already packed so he headed to Lawrence and set up in the main street! Had some good conversations. Lawrence, Clutha District, New Zealand. N.B. Wanaka A&P Show 12-13 March 2021.... Continue Reading →

Soil Carbon on-farm: missed opportunity

This post is in response to NZ government's missed opportunity to mitigate rising atmospheric carbon. Despite access to the world's science, and despite the opportunity represented by 105,000 km² of farmland, government persists in denying farmers agency in helping solve the problem. Soil carbon is ignored in all govt. statements, there's a perception in govt... Continue Reading →

Drawing with a Digger

Tuesday morning I was working in my office when a call came in, "we've got a digger for a couple of days, can you pop up this afternoon?" I knew there was something in the works for this farm but with Covid-19 everything had been on hold. At Level 2 when a call comes in... Continue Reading →

Solving Stormwater

To many eyes, plants look too simple to do anything but plants can remove most of our stormwater, lower council spending by 20% and store carbon, and everyone gets more real green-space too. But tradition and fear of the unknown mean few are rushing to do this. Also it is SO easy to dismiss planting... Continue Reading →

What goes around comes around

The carbon cycle and the water cycle - some surprises. When rain falls to Earth, some water is absorbed by plants, some is stored in the soil and some runs to the sea. Water then returns to the atmosphere via transpiration from plants and evaporation from surfaces. So far, so normal; this is the soil-plant-atmosphere... Continue Reading →

Plants Really Work

"You mean, plants are useful in stormwater systems?" Many decision-makers don't see plants as useful in stormwater systems. Sadly this leads to downplaying plants' role in stormwater mitigation and choosing a pipe instead. By treating water as a resource and designing water into the landscape from the start, all piped networks can be avoided and... Continue Reading →

Innovating Streets

The NZ Government via NZTA has more than NZD 7 million available to councils of all sizes "for projects using 'tactical urbanism' techniques such as pilots, pop-ups and interim treatments that make it safer and/or easier for people to move around or access community spaces". It's about creating more people-friendly spaces in our towns and... Continue Reading →

Moving On

Nigel's busy with landscape design jobs today:   I interrupted briefly to get a photo, then ...   he's back to work. Nigel Cowburn is a Landscape Architect working in Southland, Otago, Canterbury, and further afield too. Some jobs happen without a site visit - don't hesitate to contact Nigel about your landscape design needs.... Continue Reading →

Growplan, Going Strong

Landscape architect Nigel Cowburn's still hard at work. He's spending his time at home due to the New Zealand Covid-19 lockdown but this in itself is nothing new - his office was already at home. The difference is that he isn't driving out to sites looking at jobs. Don't hesitate to call or email Nigel... Continue Reading →

Another day in my office

Southern sunshine in Southland on Wednesday. Driving through dense morning fog these sunflowers jumped out at me. I didn't think the fog would lift but it did a couple of hours later ... here's the result, a fine view from the property I was visiting at Otama. Photos taken by Nigel; Growplan (2020)

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