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Dreaming of the Country


This was taken at my friend Jules’ house in the Byron Bay hinterland. It’s hard to believe this deliciously lush property was once just a ‘boggy piece of flat land’. The difference is in the design – swales (dips) have been carved into the land to slow the flow of water off the property. This allows the grounds and fruit trees to be fed before the water is directed into a forty foot damn, which is now teeming with wildlife.

The property is bordered by a wall of bamboo – which acts as a wind break to protect the fruit trees and veggie garden. It’s all very beautiful and was designed by their neighbour, Geoff Lawton, who is the managing director of the Permaculture Research Institute.

It’s lovely to see just how much thoughtful design can change an environment.

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