Emma Alesworth and Ian Griffin have travelled to Suncheon City to participate in a workshop reviewing designs and providing advice for the ambitious project to create a garden expo and wetland visitor attraction by 2013.
The project aims to develop over 100 ha of land into wetlands, formal gardens and many different attractions. The site will provide a gateway for visiting the more sensitive Suncheon Bay habitat and help to reduce disturbance through more controlled visitor access.
Three million people already visit the wetlands each year which are famous for the circular reed formations and wintering grounds for an internationally important population of Hooded Cranes (Grus monacha). Noteworthy summer residents of the bay include Kentish Plover, Greenshank and Bartailed Godwit, along with many species of crab and the charismatic Mudskipper.
WWT Consulting will be providing design support for the wetlands and visitor centre interpretation and hope to be involved with the project for many years to come.