Mark Paul, multi award winning horticulturist and founder of The Greenwall Company is predicting that floating gabions in residential, commercial and community spaces will be the new greening trend of 2022.
With the right plant selection, soilless media, and the use of 97 per cent recycled materials for the base, they are a great low maintenance solution for stripping nutrient loads from ponds and lakes to add greenspace that is adaptable and easily moved from season to season.
Mark Paul created his first pond gabion back in 2011 for the pond in his family home, which just recently won the Australian Institute of Horticulture’s Residential Greenspace award. Since then, he has adapted and tested different soilless media to ensure they are lightweight and easily moveable and introduced new materials and design templates to enable commercial use for larger scale projects. Adding another element to the small ecological systems tailored to the built environment.
“Our gabions are not just a one-size fits all solution as no two spaces are the same, especially when it comes to planting factors such as light, wind and aspect. We are also able to create unique shapes and sizes to ensure the perfect fit for all locations,” said Mark.
Key facts about The Greenwall Company’s Floating Gabions:
• All bespoke in design and plant pallet.
• Lightweight and easily moveable. Easy to cut back root and foliage mass 4-5 times yearly to strip and recycle nutrient loads.
• No traditional soil used, patented soilless media made of 97 per cent recycled materials only.
• Minimal maintenance due to media used and plant selection.
“Floating gabions are a great way to add amenity to wet areas at an affordable cost, with a great outcome. Adding greenery to ponds and lakes not only further enhances the natural beauty of the environment, but also the health benefits of getting out and about or relaxing in the garden,” adds Mark.
Over the past 35 years Mark has tested, designed, redesigned, and mastered his greenwalls to ensure they will last the lifetime of the building on which they are installed, further reducing waste.
The Greenwall Company has now installed their green infrastructure systems in over 2000 projects and will continue to work towards their goal of reclaiming the built environment with an increasing number of complex ecological systems involving walls / roofs / ponds / nutrient stripping / recycling / biodiversity and planned water management.
For more info visit www.greenwall.com.au