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2- Day Water Retention Earthworks Course

Come and learn the simple art of planting the water with us! Instructor: David Spicer, aka Doc Spice. The Doc is globally recognised as a master of his craft, and brings over 20 years of experience, designing and installing water retention landscapes around the world, in all climates.

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2- Day Water Retention Earthworks Course
2- Day Water Retention Earthworks Course

Time & Location

03 Sept 2022, 9:00 am AEST – 04 Sept 2022, 3:00 pm AEST

Cosgrove, 265 Cosgrove-Caniambo Rd, Cosgrove VIC 3631, Australia

About The Course

Time & Location

Date: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September 2022

Time: Saturday 3rd 9:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday 4th 9:00am to 3:00pm

Place: Ascot Hills - 265 Cosgrove - Caniambo Road, Cosgrove South, Victoria, Australia, 3631

About The Course

With inteligent design and precise earthworks, no land needs to be thirsty. Learn how to plant the water and future proof your property. The art and science of sustainable earthworks is quite simple once you understand the basic steps of the design process. Design theme, what's your goal? Surveying levels, what is possible? Understanding soils, what can I physically do?

With the right foundations, anyone can do this on their own scale Urban, Rural, or Gorilla Water Harvesting.


Ascot Hills Regen Ag Farm is a family run regenrative farm in beautiful Cosgrove Victoria, farming prime grass fed Hereford Cattle and Sheep. A third of the farm is native pasture, utilising multi-species cover crops to regenerate the soil and build life. 

Over the last few years, The Doc has installed over 4km of swales across the landscape and a whole host of Water Retention systems that we are excited to share with you. 

With these real-life examples on this site and the years of experience David has had, working across Australia and internationally for many years creating Water Retention landscapes, this course is not to be missed. 

This course will be taught with a good mix of design theory,

  • Reading landscapes and understanding contour maps
  • Slope measurement 
  • Levels and Surveying; before and during earthworks
  • Soil types
  • Types of earthworks
  • Earth Constructs
  • Planning Earthworks
  • Moving the earth and Earthmoving machines
  • Planting and Seeding after Earthworks 

and Practical lessons,

  • Surveying using various measuring tools
  • Designing and planning an earthworks project 
  • Constructing a real life earthworks project; swales, level sill spillways, leaky weirs, gradient roads

Price: $500 including lunch and morning/afternoon tea. 

*Early Bird Special available* - $450 including lunch and morning/afternoon tea. Book before the 31st of July 2022. 

Limited to 15 people


Work boots, Hat, Water bottle, Wet weather gear, Ear and eye protection, Notebook and pen and Sunscreen.

Accommodation is available in Shepparton, approximately 20 km away from the venue. 


  • Standard

    2 Day Course - Includes Lunch, Morning and Afternoon tea. Did we mention we love good food! This course will be a real food experience for the participants.

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