Nigel has his Growplan office at Petridish, shared office space located at 8 Stafford Street, Dunedin, New Zealand. Today is Vogel Street Party 2017 and Petridish have added lots of bright balloons in Petridish colours to make their bright and colourful space look even more welcoming! The shared office space is open today to any... Continue Reading →
Does sustainability mean anything in a business context, or is it just another overused catchword like prefixing all pronouncements with 'Green'? Our technical culture enables us to borrow from other times and places. This is often couched in weasel words; instead we should say what we mean and hold business and the state to the same... Continue Reading →
When we change nature (whether forest, pond, stream or meadow) by, for instance: Adding a persistent toxic chemical, e.g. a herbicide, arsenic from treated timber, asbestos from brake linings... Removing a species permanently Felling trees and/or opening the edge of a closed woodland, we harm it in ways that will not self-repair within a human... Continue Reading →
Ephemeral but beautiful, only flowering for a few days, so all the more worthwhile. White cherry blossom. Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Garrya elliptica or Coast silk tassel at Milton, Otago, NZ; 21 Aug 2017. Native (endemic) to the coastal counties of California from Ventura County to southwestern Oregon. Winter flowering shrub or tree. The male plant is the most showy with long catkins.
It's an in-depth consideration of whatever you're doing; developing land, building a house, planting a garden..., and then proceeding so you can do it again and again without impacting the Earth. Many modern processes externalize effects and costs, moving them to other places and to the future. Starting with a place to think this through... Continue Reading →
Rhododendron 'Chrysomanicum' at the Dunedin Botanic Garden, Sat 26 Aug 2017 Nigel Cowburn | Growplan (2017)
I'm a Landscape Architect based in Dunedin, New Zealand, mainly focused on rural landscape design and working throughout Otago and Southland (further afield by arrangement). I want to help farmers achieve a balance between running their farms at a profit while also achieving good environmental outcomes. I also get involved with other rural design including... Continue Reading →