Landscape Restoration Techniques

We had an interesting workshop a few weeks ago, on the property of Landcare member, John MacGregor. Thanks to John for letting us on his property and to David Griffith for conducting the workshop.

John has been using a range of techniques to slow down water flowing across his land, in order to decrease erosion in a gully. This is what we learnt:

  • ideally adjoining properties (in this case state forest) further up the catchment need to apply the same strategies to slow down flow
  • I was surprised that John didn’t need to use logs or fallen trees – branches and sticks were successful
  • these techniques can be combined with plantings around the edges of the erosion areas
Dams placed in the wrong place in the landscape (often inherited by previous landowners) show you how powerful water is, it will do what it wants to do every time, like blow a hole in the wall
small barrier with sticks and stakes in the gully, plant in guard also visible






Vegetation also slows down the water


Sticks lying across a large bare piece of ground where run off would have been quick

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