Peter takes us on a journey retracing the history of landscapes before man intervened. He shows us through a series of historical photos how the land used to be when water stayed in the landscape. We urgently need to regenerate the landscape and restore its functioning by retaining the water.
Peter’s work, termed Natural Sequence Farming, is based on slowing water flows and environmental rehabilitation. Peter is passionate about sharing his ideas which formed through trial and error over 30 years ago when he purchased ‘Tarwyn Park’, an environmental wasteland. From his experience Peter believes that the only way forward is to take a step back, observe your landscape and implement ways to restore it. His key message is hydrating the landscape, because nothing can be restored fully until you do.
Peter has worked in vastly different countrysides but his system still works. His approach is holistic and is often in direct conflict with the authorities whose regulations will not allow putting structures in creeks including planting willows and keeping blackberries on creek banks to hold them. Peter is looking forward to the day when they recognise the value of allowing these practices.
After the Kinglake bushfires Peter came to the area and has been applying his systems to restore properties which were severely affected by the bushfires. His work has rapidly restored the affected land into a functioning landscape.This work is both inspiring and really quite simple in its application. As Peter says:
“If you’re doing it hard, you’re not doing it right!”
For further reading please visit: www.naturalsequencefarming.com