Wootton Wetland and Time Lapse Video
“Brent Wootton wanted to pay a tribute to his Dad’s environmental efforts”
When Brent Wootton’s father observed the wildlife that frequented the boggy patch on the farm, he decided he wanted to look after it long term. So about 25 years ago, he fenced off 6 hectares of wetland, creating a significant and lasting legacy.
Brent Wootton had always wanted to create an area of open water to complement and enhance the wetland values that his father had protected on their property many years ago. We came into the project to help ‘make it happen’.
It was a fantastic concept, but also ambitious and complicated. The wetland site is ecologically significant, with an existing management plan. Brent’s pond needed to be created from scratch, including introducing a functioning hydrological system, without the benefit of a natural seep and evidence of original pond vegetation.
Our support for Brent’s vision? We undertook the landscape design, prepared a planting plan, and produced construction drawings for the consent applications. Our associate prepared the applications, which Grant shepherded through the Council processes. We then managed the physical works and planting of the wetland.
Consultation was always going to be a vital component of the project. While Brent was confident that he was doing something good for the environment, there were others who had long standing interests in the wetland. Grant carried out the consultation and liaison between the various interests, always keeping in mind that this was no random project. Brent Wootton was creating something special, in his back yard, in the place where he lived. We were constantly aware that Brent’s on-going relationships with his neighbours and community were to be protected, as much as the environment!
Happily, the earthworks for the pond were completed in March 2012. Planting of the bunds and wetland itself were finished in August 2012, with sign-off gained from both councils.