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 →

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 →

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)

Naturally Designed by Nigel [Reblog]

It was a real pleasure for me on Wed 6 Dec to accompany Nigel on a trip to Balclutha to visit the new subdivision named Plantation Heights with which he's involved through his company Growplan. Nigel is a Landscape Architect, based in Dunedin and actively working through Otago and Southland, and further afield by arrangement.... Continue Reading →

Nigel @ Petridish. Dunedin NZ

Petridish @ 8 Stafford Street is the shared office space in Dunedin where Nigel has his Growplan office. The resident co-workers are currently introducing themselves via the Petridish Facebook Page and this is the intro that Nigel contributed. Thought I'd share it with Growplan followers on WordPress! -- Cheers, Liz By the way, Nigel has... Continue Reading →

Waxing Wisterical

I keep driving past this old ruined farmhouse near Milton in South Otago, New Zealand.  Early this month I was able to stop and take a look. With the wisteria in bloom, it really does draw one in to an earlier time. The people are gone The plant is still there The plant is the... Continue Reading →

Sustainability Part II – Nature’s Rights

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 →

All Fragmentation is Loss

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 →

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