The successful outcome of a landscape project is the result of careful and reflective design; and its subsequent correct implementation. The long term success of a project establishes a positive benchmark for future work.
Practical field experience, trials and observations allow us to provide advice and assistance for any individual or consultancy on plant species appropriateness and suitability for varying natural environments.
Auckland Council Plantings (Ongoing-Auckland Wide)
Rural Design has been working with the Auckland Council on multiple stormwater projects. Often repairing substandard jobs from other companies. These jobs are important as they help filter runoff from urban areas which ends up in the Hauraki Gulf, Waitemata Harbour and the mighty Kaipara Harbour. At Whangaparaoa Harbour Rural Design worked with the local community to educate the public on the benefits of planting. This included Bill providing a two-day planting seminar with Whangaparaoa students.
Tara Iti Golf Course (2013-)
Rural design was tasked with implementing planting at the Tara Iti- New Zealand Links Golf Course and surrounding areas. Rural Design worked with Darby Partners Landscape Architecture to ensure that the natural character of the area was maintained and that the ecology of the area was enhanced.
The dunes systems around the course are important to local invertebrate such as skinks, geckos, wekas, as well as native bird species such the fairy tern, seagulls, dotterels, etc. Local coastal plant species provided the seed for the plants grown for the project, ensuring all plants used on the job were eco-sourced. The Started in 2013 Tara Iti project is on-going, plant maintenance and weed control are continuously monitored and further planting is taking place each year. Over the next 8 years the planting of the large 200-hectare reserve gifted to the Auckland Council by Te Uri o Hau will commence with Rural Design in charge of implementation.
Jack Boyd Drive – Mangawhai
Jack Boyd Drive was a re-vegetation project initiated in 2006 to enable development of resident properties to meet environment consent. The project captures some of the best aspects of what Rural Design can implement. The planting acts as a filter for runoff from part of the Mangawhai catchment area, all of which ends up in the Mangawhai estuary. The plantings are now acting as a buffer from rapid residential growth in the area. Wetland plants, especially Raupo played played an important role in filtering nutrients from farmlands and other urban activities.
Mangawhai Car-Park Plantings
Anyone who has been to the Mangawhai Carpark in the last 8 years has seen major changes. This particular project is one of the smaller Rural Design jobs. Rural Design worked with the Kaipara District Council and Soul Environments Landscape Architecture to plant the car-park with coastal species and remove some of the larger exotic trees from the area.