Bassendean Demonstration Garden

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What's happening?

The recently constructed Bassendean Community Men's Shed will soon be home to a new feature with the Water Corporation, the Town of Bassendean and local men's shed group working together to create a waterwise demonstration garden.

Road verge and land around the Water Corporation's drainage basin on the corner of Railway Parade and May Holman Drive, which is near the men's shed, will be transformed into a demonstration garden in the coming months.

Given the recent establishment of the Men's Shed and interest from it's members to enhance the surrounding area, our project team is keen to include the community in the planning and development of the garden areas.

Our original plans to hold design workshops have been impacted by government restrictions on large gatherings, so we developed a selection of designs that the community considered and voted on.

Changes to the way in which the groups involved will collaborate on landscaping are still being discussed due to government advice on social distancing.

Voting has now closed. Thank you for your input!

About the garden designs

The designs showcase the following waterwise principles:

1. Exclusive use of tough, beautiful and iconic waterwise plants with a focus on native and locally endemic species.

2. Major emphasis on soil improvement with the integration of clay, wetting agents and aged compost into planting holes to significantly enhance the planting conditions and improve plant survival and vigor.

3. Shaping of the landscape to enhance water sensitive urban design outcomes, ensuring where ever possible, water is harvested and directed towards the plants to maximise rainfall/irrigation capture effectiveness.

4. Use of rough, course, waterwise mulches to improve water efficiency and aesthetics. A range of recycled wood will be used as mulches and construction and demolition waste rubble materials will be used for the pathways.

What's happening?

The recently constructed Bassendean Community Men's Shed will soon be home to a new feature with the Water Corporation, the Town of Bassendean and local men's shed group working together to create a waterwise demonstration garden.

Road verge and land around the Water Corporation's drainage basin on the corner of Railway Parade and May Holman Drive, which is near the men's shed, will be transformed into a demonstration garden in the coming months.

Given the recent establishment of the Men's Shed and interest from it's members to enhance the surrounding area, our project team is keen to include the community in the planning and development of the garden areas.

Our original plans to hold design workshops have been impacted by government restrictions on large gatherings, so we developed a selection of designs that the community considered and voted on.

Changes to the way in which the groups involved will collaborate on landscaping are still being discussed due to government advice on social distancing.

Voting has now closed. Thank you for your input!

About the garden designs

The designs showcase the following waterwise principles:

1. Exclusive use of tough, beautiful and iconic waterwise plants with a focus on native and locally endemic species.

2. Major emphasis on soil improvement with the integration of clay, wetting agents and aged compost into planting holes to significantly enhance the planting conditions and improve plant survival and vigor.

3. Shaping of the landscape to enhance water sensitive urban design outcomes, ensuring where ever possible, water is harvested and directed towards the plants to maximise rainfall/irrigation capture effectiveness.

4. Use of rough, course, waterwise mulches to improve water efficiency and aesthetics. A range of recycled wood will be used as mulches and construction and demolition waste rubble materials will be used for the pathways.

  • And the winner is...

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    3 months ago

    Results are in for the winning garden design concept!

    It was a tight race, but the modern rustic garden design was the community favourite, receiving 45% of votes. This was closely followed by the nature play design on 40% and the Modern Urban design came in with 15% of the vote.

    During this process, we also heard community feedback around increasing tree canopy in the area. We listened and will work closely Town of Bassendean to identify where additional larger trees can be planted nearby to the site.

    Work on the garden transformation will begin next month and will be carried out by our authorized contractors, The Forever Project.