There are many different ways that Peter and Kate Marshall have turned degraded sites around on ‘Sunningdale’, setting landscape rehydration and repair processes into action.
One of the methods was this series of vegetated earth banks, which are situated in a second order gully, higher in the catchment. The photos tell the story.
As a result of these simple earthworks, the ponds and wetland plants themselves provide valuable wetland habitat, whilst also improving the drought resilience of the landscape through the lateral hydration of the surrounding floodplain. In time, as the banks continue to aggrade, this will provide further benefits by returning flood flows to the floodplain surface.
If anyone is interested in spending some time working on the Marshall’s property, feel free to contact us and we can put you in touch.
Disclaimer: Where water flow is concerned there are substantial risks involved. While the information and images we publish are formulated in good faith, with the intention of raising awareness of landscape rehydration processes, the contents do not take into account all the social, environmental and regulatory factors which need to be considered before putting that information into practice. Accordingly, no person should rely on anything contained within as a substitute for specific professional advice.
Article and Images © Cam Wilson, Earth Integral, 2012