Eastwoodhill launches 100 year Masterplan

29 July 2011


Thomas Woltz presents the plan to a crowd of 70 at the Portside Hotel.

International award winning landscape architects Thomas Woltz and Breck Gastinger from USA based Nelson, Byrd and Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) presented Eastwoodhill Arboretum’s 100 year Masterplan in a presentation to invited guests at the Portside Hotel on Friday July 29.

The Masterplan was devised by NBW to guide Eastwoodhill, the national arboretum’s development over the next hundred years, as it faces more environmental uncertainty and increasing pressure on rare and endangered plants and trees. The plan likens the arboretum to an “arboreal ark”, a global repository with the benefit of relative isolation, for securing and caring for species.

NBW Principal Architect Thomas Woltz and Project Manager Breck Gastinger discussed different priorities within the plan, including new developments and projects ensuring mature plantings are repropagated, new features are introduced and future educational resources are considered. 

Mr Woltz has led designs of a broad range of institutional and corporate projects in the US and abroad with over 15 years experience. Mr Gastinger has also worked on a wide range on projects in the US and abroad, and both have worked on numerous projects in New Zealand.

Eastwoodhill Trust Board Chair Lee Newman knew that developing Eastwoodhill would require outside expertise when the trust board discussed creating a 100 year Masterplan.

“NBW came with experience in large project landscaping, proven plans for arboreta, adviser experience in exciting projects worldwide, and the added benefit of knowing the East Coast environment” she said.

“Thomas Woltz and Breck Gastinger worked for two years assessing the Eastwoodhill site, soils and northern hemisphere collection needs. Their research was deeply thorough, their recommendations far reaching but environmentally sound and their ideas globally encompassing yet achievable” Mrs Newman said.

To view the full Masterplan click here. A high resolution version of the Masterplan is available on request.

View the Gisborne Herald story at http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/article/?id=23944