REGENERATIVE LAND MANAGEMENT
Our global approach to landscape design is embedded within the methodology of regenerative landscape management. This is a process orientated, systems ecology based framework by which we can interact and manage landscapes in ways that mimic natural ecosystems and therefore maintains important biological function. This is commonly known and referred to as biomimicry, and as regenerative landscape designers we strive to consciously emulate these fundamental life processes. The term ‘regenerative’ describes processes that restore, renew, and revitalise their own sources of energy and materials reducing the need for external inputs and therefore establishing a closed loop input–output model. Through the application of techniques associated with regenerative landscape management we seek to restore landscape function and deliver outcomes that include:
• An improved natural resource base.
• Healthy nutrient cycling.
• Increased biodiversity.
• Enhanced ecosystem services and resilience.
• Sequestration of atmospheric carbon (CO2) in soils and above-ground biomass.
• Increased yields.
• A zero tolerance policy towards the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilisers and other
inputs that disturb biological life.
Integrated regenerative management of the soils, water, vegetation and biodiversity and becoming more efficient in the use of natural resources has a sphere of influence extending way beyond the boundaries of the site itself.
These influences will, but will not be limited to:
• Establish cohesion with existing natural ecosystems in the form of extending already existing habitats .
• Mitigate of un-favourable and de-generative land management techniques and practices which are common practice under current land use.
• Retain more water in the soils for uptake by plants and animals.
• Increase soil health-structural, chemical, and biological properties.
• Aid in the replenishment of water in aquifers.
• Improve soil health.
• Address the trend of landscape degradation
• Increase, sustain and stabilize profits.
• Reduce production costs.
• Reduce input costs.
• Create meaningful work opportunities in the form of micro-businesses.
• Producing healthier, more nutritious food and livestock, and therefore healthier people
• Provide education and unique learning opportunities.
• Be a model for ‘best practice’ in the face of a continuing trend of ecological deterioration.
Regenerative agriculture and its proponents have been and continues to be at the forefront of issues and research regarding the concepts, processes and ideology behind regenerative landscape management. The system draws from decades of scientific and applied research by the global communities of organic farming, agroecology, Holistic Management, and agroforestry