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 →

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 →

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)

Peaks At The Wanaka Show

Amazing weather for the Wanaka A&P Show 2020 and interesting potential work opportunities for Nigel from meeting visitors at the Growplan exhibitor site. Wanaka town is right by Lake Wanaka - beautiful location. The show was 13-14 March. Queenstown Lakes District, New Zealand Click on any photo to enlarge Saturday afternoon was bright and sunny,... Continue Reading →

Growplan Green

On Sunday 01 March Nigel had a stall at the Hawthorn Den fete at Waikaka in Southland. He went along to meet people and share the range of landscape design services he offers as a Landscape Architect. The weather was fine and the big Growplan-green umbrella provided welcome shade. Click on photo to enlarge. Nigel... Continue Reading →

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