Bassendean demonstration garden

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Waterwise gardener

This project is now completed.

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.

This project is now completed.

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.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about this project or the designs, please leave it below and one of the team will respond.

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    Are there any Native Grass trees in any of the designs ,also any seating in design 3 ? Thank you Brian Robinson .

    Brian Robinson asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Brian, 

    Thanks for your questions.
    There are currently no plans for a native grass tree in the designs. These trees can be costly and we want these designs to be easily replicated in everyone's gardens.

    There is no seating planned in garden three, as the focus of the design is on rustic sculptures and planting. However, we could certainly look into installing a seat if that was a priority for the community.

    Sarah 

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    Hi there, why so few trees in the designs? Option 1 has no new trees included in the design whatsoever which is an oversight for what is labeled a Nature Play Space in our very hot climate. Will you please consider the installation of more shade trees in whichever design is selected. Kind regards.

    My two bobs worth asked over 1 year ago

    Hello,
    Unfortunately, this land is unable to accommodate very large trees for shade due to the underground services (especially pipes) in the area, as large tree roots can damage pipes when seeking out water.

    Water Corporation and Town of Bassendean will investigate which tree species could be feasible in or around the garden area.

    Although the vegetation across the majority of the Water Corporation site will be small in height, the area will still improve amenity, encourage biodiversity and provide other benefits to the community associated with green space.

    Sarah

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    Dear Jason & Sarah, (Sorry about my earlier response - I can now see the address in the text). My question is can there be a blending of 1 & 3 as the inclusion of trees for shade seems a most important element to me. Some fallen logs would be a fine thing but does it have to either/or? Also I wonder why the garden path seems to lead people onto the road - isn't that the job of the concrete footpath? I am responding because I want to see the ToB maximise opportunities to grow large native trees to maturity on land it controls. This is a good spot for that - thank you.

    Val Humphrey asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Val,

    Thank you for your comments. 

    This Water Corporation land has lots of pipe work and other services (like telecommunication cables) buried underground. The roots of large trees can pose a threat to these services as they grow (usually towards the water in the pipes) and move the ground, so there's not a lot of opportunity to plant them within the garden. 

    We will work with the Town of Bassendean to investigate which shorter growing trees could be feasible in or around the Men's Shed and garden.

    Although the vegetation across the majority of the Water Corporation site will be small in height, the garden will still improve amenity, encourage biodiversity and provide other benefits to the community associated with green space.

    Sarah

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    Can these plans be accompanied by a map showing proximity to roads please?

    Porphrio asked over 1 year ago

    The area is bound by May Holman Drive and Railway Parade as shown in green below.

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