Our design for both the farm and the garden has always centered on practical application. Planting a variety of species encourages biodiversity in both the flora and fauna, ultimtely leading to an improved and sustainable environment. The design process developed organically as we worked alongside the natural environment to grow food in a way that encouraged easy maintenance and low water usage. We use plants as living fire breaks, where we select specific species for their fire retardency. Every plant in our garden has a purpose to support the ecosysytem around it.
Multipurpose Use of Trees
The Weeping Elm is lovely place to enjoy a cup of tea after a hard days work.
Creating Heat Traps
Growing tropical plants in cooler climates by creating heat traps in the garden, ensuring they are north facing and sheltered.
Bamboos are a very diverse plant with uses from food to garden stakes and building.
Creating Garden Rooms
Every corner of our garden is full of interest and using the physical aspects of the garden, we can create many different environments.
Using north facing stone walls to grow bananas, the stone holds the heat from the day and keeps the area warm during the night.
Using Deciduous Trees
Deciduous trees offer great autumn colours but also improve the soil and open up the canopy for light in winter.
The Lilly Pilly is a very hardy tree that has made great screens for the garden and attracts many birds.
Diversity of Plantings
Mixing plants from all species keeps the garden active and interesting all year round, as well as encouraging a great diversity of wild life.
Using Fire Retardent Trees
Selecting tree and plants for fire retardency has been important in designing the garden and planting around the farm sheds. The oak tree is particularly good for this purpose.