The proposed site backs on to several industrial buildings which thmeselves are bordered by open, undeveloped land and some grazing paddocks for cows. Kangaroos are sometimes seen hopping through the area. The ground of the site is higher around the buildings and dlopes down to a draining point. These earthworks had been completed during the construction of the buildings and serve as a suitable variation in creation potential microclimates. Some notable observations are :
- Lower ground regularly floods heavily in winter
- dandelion and caopeweed are present
- significant rainwater can be harvested from the extensive roof structures of the 3 buildings.
- Some staff use the rear gates to enter the area and a rough pathway can be seen where foot traffic has prevented groundcover from growing.
- There are few onsite resources that are available apart from green waste from the 3 buildings.
Sector analysis :
Water flows to the drain but pools in excessive rains anywhere up to 10-15 cm, plants that can make use of/ survive in this area will be useful. The buildings serve as a good windbreak as does the embankment built up beyond the drain. It wouldn't be a bad idea to use fire retardant plants on the western side of the embankment. The sun travels east to west directly over the current foot path which may benefit keyhole beds either side.
The path will be the best for Zone 1, close to the courtyard gate. The courtyard would be considered zone 0. Zone 1 contains edibles that may be used for workers lunches, eg lettuce, herbs, tomato, strawberries and other pickables. Zone 1 stretches out 20-30 metres beyond the courtyard along the path, past that it becomes too far to be viable. Flanking either side of zone 1 will be a good area for zones 2 holding some fruit trees. Zone 3 lies along the path but beyond the proximity of zone 0 so is a low to no maintenance area. Section 4 generally follows the east side of the embankment but would benefit from penetrating inwards somewhat to the flood area where perhaps river redgum could be planted. The western side of the embankment will rarely see human presence and serves as a wildlife area as Kangaroos already travel this zone.
1. Begin with a drawing of the site
2. Overlay specific features
3. Define zones
4. Initial plantings
5. Expected development over time