The Green Dream

The Green is a three-year community project funded (by Department of Human Services NSW, Community Services) to demonstrate sustainable living practices. It’s a place to meander through, learn from, work and relax in, and gain inspiration from. It’s for all community members and should reflect the demographic of the Great Lakes population (ie. young, old, indigenous, employed, unemployed, disabled, professionals, “Greenies” etc). Gardens and structures are guided by permaculture ethics in that they care for people, care for the Earth and surplus is redistributed to where it’s needed.

The Green is also a business incubator where entrepreneurs and artists can showcase and promote sustainability through their innovation and creations. A native nursery will be constructed where members can collect and propagate local native seed to be used on-site, shared with volunteers and in-time sold-on to the public. Interpretative signage will be used across the site for education purposes and six workshops incorporating the Green’s theme will be held each year. The theme is rustic (reclaimed materials), productive, connected and peaceful.

Structures

Gardens

  • Storage space for reclaimed materials to be used throughout The Green project
  • Fence along road leading to landfill
  • Propagation shed (incorporating shade/hot houses)
  • Chicken dome/s (moveable) or free range enclosure
  • Shipping container-40 feet (will include some space for tools and equipment storage and majority of space for meeting, small learning centre, library, display of community service and “green” information)
  • Outdoor learning centre (could be constructed with rammed earth, reclaimed timber, stone etc)
  • Informal outdoor meeting space/seating areas
  • Water harvesting and storage (rubble drains, pond/s, water tanks)
  • Optimise passive solar opportunities
  • Sculpture (including functional eg. chairs) throughout site, bird baths, scavenged focus pieces etc
  • Features for young people-stepping logs, sandpit, sunflower circles, boat, sensory
  • Herb spiral
  • Worm farm
  • Small compost bays (larger compost trials will occur on bordering northern site) – smaller system required on the Green site to demonstrate and teach process
  • Organic CafĂ© (re-using materials)
  • Bridge(s)
  • Flying fox
  • Winding connected paths, patterns (minimise straight lines)
  • Hidden/secret areas
  • Fireplace
  • Dog run
  • Grey water systems
  • Cooperates rather than competes with nature
  • At entrance to Green-aesthetically and interestingly inviting to draw people in egs. pretty natives cottage-style, sculpture, water
  • Many plant species and cultivars (both food and non-food)
  • Annual beds (raised) – interplanted and crop rotation (vegetables, flowers)
  • No-dig (maybe mandala)-opportunities to learn how to build a no-dig garden ie. sheet mulching
  • Mixed fruit/nut (including dwarf species), native, leguminous, bush tucker, pioneer trees/shrubs, perennials
  • Sensory, interactive-foliage, shapes, scents, etc
  • Bog/water garden – pond/s
  • Indigenous shrubs and trees to be inter-planted and used in hedging for bird attracting/habitat, wind and dust break purposes
  • Ground cover plants and vines
  • Mulch plants-sugarcane, pigeon pea, lemongrass, comfrey etc
  • Trellised archways
  • Use water collected on-site
  • Area bordering back fence to be regenerated (wind/dust break)
  • Floral pasture, niche crops
  • Accessible and connected
  • Low maintenance
  • Minimise use of pesticides / herbicides
  • Cooperates rather than competes with nature