We all know about the importance of considering the environmental impact of our personal travel habits. One thing we love to see is commercial travel industry entities doing their part too. Hobart Airport is one such company who’s getting on board. This year they have purchased 365 native plants (plus an extra 29, because it’s a leap year – how lovely is that!) for planting at the Polonia Bridge Park in Brighton, Tasmania.
Polonia Park is a small green slice of the Jordan Riverbank, bordered on its uphill side by residential development. Brighton Council and its re-greening partners, including Hobart Airport, aim to ‘rewild’ the area. Rewilding in this case doesn’t mean returning the whole place to its prehistoric forested glory. It’s more about bringing back something of the feel of a healthy natural landscape, which includes balancing urban growth with the needs of the river and those remnants of the larger natural ecosystem that still exist further upstream.
The planting will also serve a wellbeing and education function. Local residents will be able to watch the trees grow and thrive, see native fauna species returning as the habitat establishes, and witness firsthand the aesthetic improvement to the green-space. Sensitive urban landscaping, including regeneration projects, aim to create a sense of connection between the people who live there and the often-invisible natural environment. Connection to the country that sustains us breeds empathy, a sense of belonging, and a determination to protect the priceless natural assets we have left:
The future of urban landscape design is to not only provide aesthetic landscapes that are attractive and safe for people, but to also ensure that the landscape will contribute something back to the health of communities and the natural environment. A symbiosis of people and the natural environment.
Most of us fly into Tasmania. And millions of us do it for the sole purpose of basking in its unique natural wonders and breathing in some of the clearest air in the world. It’s satisfying to think that one of its primary gatekeepers, Hobart Airport, is doing its bit to make Tasmania just that bit greener and just that bit cleaner.
Article by Sarah Hart.
Sarah is an artist whose passions include the stories and experiences of women and narrative driven creative work. Her aim is to delight, to reveal glimpses of everyday beauty, and to celebrate flights of the ordinary. Sarah works across a range of media, with an abiding interest in pen and ink, mixed media and the human form. You can find Sarah here.
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