August 20, 2018


The Cape Green Forum hosts its 32nd Cape Green Trade Day 22 August 2018 -

Friday, August 17, 2018

Corobrik’s striking new paving selection -

Friday, August 17, 2018

Cape Construction Expo 12-13 September -

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Ethekwini Municipality Verge Competition 2018 -

Friday, August 10, 2018

Leon Kluge proves he is the best of the best at Singapore’s Garden Festival -

Friday, August 10, 2018

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) offers tender! -

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Edward Colle Appointed CEO of Belgotex -

Monday, August 6, 2018

The 28th International Garden Festival Theme of the 2019 competition Gardens of paradise -

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Cellfast’s Oscillating Sprinklers -

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A different perspective on the role of the Landscape Architect – a view from Delhi India -

Friday, July 6, 2018

Wacker Neuson welcomes Powerdek to its dealer network! -

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Corobrik presents its product qualities of Geolok and Terraforce Concrete Retaining Blocks -

Friday, June 22, 2018

ILASA Water Sensitive Design Seminar -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Easigrass lives up to its name! -

Friday, June 15, 2018

10 Year Partnership of Growth for Haifa and Prime Trees -

Monday, June 11, 2018

Faces of the Future: The next Generation -

Monday, June 11, 2018

Global Architecture & Design Awards 2018 -

Friday, June 8, 2018

An engagement across Landscape, Architecture and Urban Design hosted by PIA – UDISA – ILASA -

Thursday, June 7, 2018

On landscape architecture as the lifeblood of a city -

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Corobrik sponsors masterclass demonstrating a vision of an accessible, safe and thriving city! -

Friday, May 25, 2018

Landscaping for Wetlands: What is World Wetlands Day all about

Written by Kay Montgomery


2018 World Wetlands Day was celebrated recently, by appreciating the ecological and investment importance of landscaping wetlands into property developments across South Africa.
World Wetlands Day is celebrated annually on February 2, a day marking the adoption of the Convention of Wetlands, known as the Ramsar Convention, held in Iran in 1971.
The aim of the day is to create awareness around these important eco-systems and to highlight the need to increase the number of functioning wetlands across the world.

Eco-friendly biodiversity. Vast wetland areas are managed by landscapers at Simbithi Eco-Estate, Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal.


Project: Servest. Pic: Kay Montgomery.
Urban wetlands
The theme for World Wetlands Day 2018 was Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future. As the world population grows, more people move into cities to find work. Around half of the world’s population live in urban areas, a number that is expected to rise to 66% by 2050.
“When preserved and sustainably used, urban wetlands can provide cities with multiple economic, social and cultural benefits”, says Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. “Wetlands are prize land not wasteland and therefore should be integrated into the development and management plans of cities.”


Enhancing urban wetlands. Installing boardwalks across a wetland in Constantia, Cape Town. Project:  Marina Landscaping. Pic: Kay Montgomery

Why invest in wetlands?
“Wetlands form vital links or stepping stones in the chain of water supply in urban areas across South Africa”, says Cape Town-based landscaper, Norah de Wet of Peninsula Landscaping, who is currently serving as National Chairperson of the South African Landscapers’ Institute (SALI).
“They act as natural sponges that hold water during rainy seasons and reduce the danger of floods and soil erosion. Wetlands slowly release water during dry periods, often mitigating drought relief efforts in otherwise dire situations”, she adds.

Birdlife South Africa. A small wetlands is created for the head office of Birdlife South Africa. Project:  Servest.

Landscaping with wetlands
“If you have space to construct a natural wetland on your property, there are many benefits”, says Rudi Jonck, a Durban-based landscaper with Servest, currently serving as Regional Chairperson of South African Landscapers’ Institute (SALI) in KwaZulu-Natal.
Why should you construct or rehabilitate wetlands where ever you can? Jonck explains the following:
* Low cost. Wetlands are one of the least expensive treatment systems to operate and maintain because they possess highly efficient biological systems that effectively remove contaminants without the addition of expensive chemicals or extra energy requirements.
* Water can be stored. Grey water in holding tanks must be utilised within 24 hours or bacteria and microbes will start to grow and can pose certain health risks. Grey water that is filtered through a wetland can be kept in a storage dam until needed or until the dam reaches its capacity.
* Adds value. Wetlands are aesthetically pleasing, and constructed wetlands can be designed to benefit the landscaping of the property or golf course.
* Provides a habitat. Wetlands also provide habitats for animals and birds and contribute to the environmental stewardship of any property.


Purifying water. A wetland is planted up at Inanda Greens, a golf estate in Johannesburg. Project: Bidvest TopTurf.


Investment potential
“Perhaps the biggest benefit of landscaping with wetlands is that they increase the value of your property” says Doreen Aucamp of Leitch Landscapes in KwaZulu-Natal.
‘Wetlands not only provide an ecological habitat for the biodiversity of a particular area but they also are a valuable environmental resource that can be used to clean polluted water”.
“Studies conducted on wetlands have revealed that they provide an effective method for removing chemicals and heavy metals from water. If a golf course adjoins an urban area, wetlands on the golf course can cleanse and harvest storm water runoff from a neighbouring source”, she adds.
Managing the storm water on your property is now essential. SALI landscapers are now experts in biological effluent treatment (constructed wetlands, bio-filters and polishing ponds), water wise strategies, as well as wetlands and riparian rehabilitation.

Written by Kay Montgomery & originally appearing on the SALI website.

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