So, what natural systems and place-making interventions can turn regional estates into authentic and relevant destinations?
• We designed a park that incorporated restorative ecological strategies to bring a very degraded portion of land back to life.
• Referencing cultural landscape informants to attract visitors and bring meaning to the farm experience.
• By introducing a curved walkway, setting up a sequence of garden rooms and by wrapping the landscape over the buildings, we were able to generate a sense of greater space in a long narrow site.
• Creating and array of multifunctional amenity spaces for weddings, receptions, concerts and picnic areas we can ensure that many different people can use the site at the same time.
• An integrated water management design references the historic farm systems in the valley with recreational streams, channels, weirs and dams to ensure resilience in this drough stressed environment.
• Cultural landscape references have been introduced, including windbreaks, a woodland, orchards, and reservoirs were reinterpreted as attractive landscape elements that still provide their functional values of shelter and production.
• While the entire landscape is designed for play, we have also included forest, water, and air playscapes to get children and adults to engage with the elements.
• A locally indigenous restoration area is underway to reveal the natural beauty of the critically endangered Renosterveld vegetation type of the valley.