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Specialist landscape architecture & urban design services from our Christchurch, NZ base for over 30 years. NZILA Registered.

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FARM & RURAL ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION & LAND PLANNING

Glasson Huxtable has worked in partnership with farmers and the rural community for over 30 years. We are specialists in providing large scale landscape planning and ecological restoration for farms and rural environments.

Farm ecological planning and restoration

 

We are able to assist with identification of existing areas of ecological value as well as identifying areas for potential ecological improvement and meeting mahinga kai values.

 

We have expertise in improving the health of our riparian systems including streams, rivers and wetlands as well as improvements to shelter belt planting and ecosystem services such as providing plants for pollinators and farm ecological enhancement to bring back our native wildlife such as birds, fish and invertebrates.

Our landscape architects will provide you with detailed landscape proposals to meet your needs and comply with Farm Environment plans and meet local planning legislation.

Farm land planning and landscape assessment

 

Our company has many years of expertise working with farmers and the rural community to successfully integrate proposals for buildings, changes in irrigation and land use for over 30 years. Our landscape assessment work forms part of the Environmental Impact Assessment. We are also regularly called as expert witnesses at hearings and the environment court.

Call 03 365 4599 to discuss your farm ecological or landscape planning today.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Ecological planning and restoration of a Farm at Golden Bay. The project involved different landscape types including coastal dunes, river flats, river, terrace, swampland and hillsides working with indigenous vegetation of podocarp and colonising species.

Farm Landscape Planning - Simon's Pass Station

This project involved the siting, placement and integration of two farm nodes and a house site at Simons Pass Station. Landscape assessment work and mitigation strategies were undertaken to identify and minimise any potential adverse effects on the landscape. These included mounding around the base of farm buildings and native planting strategies to screen and integrate the proposals into the landscape. We also worked with architects Designtech architectural Ltd to reduce the effects of the house design, including selecting a low impact colour and masonry palette, and reducing glare from windows and roofs.

Large scale ecological restoration of a 75ha site. The restoration included wetlands, woodland, lake and overburden areas. The project reinforced a sense of place by retaining mining relics. Recreational opportunities including abseiling, high/low ropes, walking, kayaking, mountain biking and bird watching have been catered for. Over 250,000 native seedlings were planted, resulting in the onset of the regeneration process, improving the PH of the lake and attracting birdlife to the area.

Our work with Mt Gerald Stadium spanned a number of proposals, focussing on the sensitive nature of the location and ensuring that strategies were developed to effectively integrate farm buildings, residential dwellings, as well as irrigation for farming and crops into the landscape and minimise the effect on its character or visual amenity.

Dudley Stream flows through the residential suburb of Kaiapoi. Previously the stream was in poor condition, raising concerns about its water quality and ecological integrity. The proposal to improve the stream’s environment required input from the local community and the skills of ecologists, engineers, and planners. It is now an attractive feature of the neighbourhood as well as providing a suitable habitat for wildlife.

We undertook assessments for renewals and newly proposed marine farms in the large, remote bay of Port Gore in the Marlborough Sounds. This included Kaitangitata, Gannet Point, Pool Head, Waimatete, and Pig Bay. These assessments were all later debated in Council or Environment Court hearings.

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