Explore how Delprat Garden sprouts new life on contaminated land

Wednesday, 1 March 2023

The Hunter community will have a chance to experience and explore an award-winning ‘living phytoremediation lab’ as Delprat Garden and Cottage opens its doors for a family-friendly event this weekend.

Source: delpratgarden.com.au

Phytoremediation is a low cost, natural process where plants are strategically incorporated into landscape design to absorb harmful toxins from the soil. Located in Mayfield North, on former BHP land, Delprat Garden cleverly restores degraded, neglected land in a beautiful, expressive, and educational manner.

Stemming from collaborative research between the University’s School of Architecture and Build Environment, the University of Technology Sydney, Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association, and Landcom, the remediation project is funded by the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund.

The Delprat Cottage Garden won the 2022 Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Award for Land Management, in recognition of its collaborative effort to harness the power of landscape architecture to repair damage to Country.

The Open Day event will be held on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March from 10am to 4pm at Delprat Cottage & Garden located at 133A Ingall Street, Mayfield North. With food, music and activities, there will be plenty to enjoy in addition to exploring the grounds.


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