Landscape and Landcover
Wairau Plains Landscape
Currently there are few controls on private land related to landscape issues in Marlborough. Landscape guidelines for the Wairau Plain area were developed in 2002 in response to community concern about the rapid rate of change to the landscape through land use change from mixed cropping, grazing and horticulture, to viticulture. Many older trees and shelter belts were removed and a virtual monoculture of grapevines was established. These guidelines set out a vision for the landscape of the Wairau Plain area and provide landscape design and planting advice. They include an analysis document and practical planting guidelines. Adoption of the guidelines is entirely voluntary.