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 →

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 →

Resilient landscapes

This (much longer than usual) post builds on an interview on Maureen Howard's Eco Living in Action on Otago Access Radio   Maureen's blog is here and our discussion is here Resilience and climate change I spent much of the early 90's cycle-touring and one day I saw a very ordinary garden in downtown Anchorage, Alaska... Continue Reading →

Nigel Making Plans For Spaces

An article newly published in Business South about Nigel's work as a Landscape Architect and his company Growplan - you can read it by clicking on the link below which will open up a PDF of the article. Nigel - happy making plans for spaces | by Richard Loader businesssouth Volume 26 Issue 3, page... Continue Reading →

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 →

Feed the World 2030: Power of Plants Hackathon

Last weekend I took part in an agriculture workshop aimed at feeding nine billion people by 2030 without destroying the planet. A mind-boggling diversity of participants attended and worked together in teams to generate potential solutions to the crisis facing human civilisation. Working with people from such different backgrounds provided a refreshing change from the... Continue Reading →

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