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GreenBridge's second quarterly newsletter
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REGENERATING
SUBDIVISIONS
WELCOME TO OUR QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER, WHERE WE ARE EXCITED TO SHARE WITH YOU UPDATES OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO, SUGGEST SOME TIPS ON HOW YOU CAN INTEGRATE REGENERATIVE LIVING INTO YOUR PROPERTY AND KEEP YOU IN TOUCH WITH SUSTAINABLY MINDED EVENTS IN TARANAKI.
Wow, what a fantastic start to the year, with some amazing GreenBridge projects on the go!  March though April had our team on their toes: At the start of March we had 13 participants attend our rigorous two-day 'Design Your Own Eco-Property' workshop, which left us feeling grateful for the job we do - working with amazing people and undertaking a diverse range of projects on their land.

At the start of April, our Eco-Garden designer Bena headed off to the east coast for five days to undertake some professional development at the Koanga Institute in Wairoa (run by Kay Baxter and Bob Corker), to further her knowledge in Forest Gardens & Small Farm Design (see the link to our latest Blog 'What is the Koanga Institute?' below).

Immediately upon Bena's return from Koanga, Greenbridge exhibited at the Taranaki Home & Lifestyle Expo held here in New Plymouth, where it became clear that there is a growing awareness and interest into sustainability in our region...

At the end of April the GreenBridge team then attended this years National Permaculture Conference, which was held at the Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Wellington (one of the worlds tallest timber buildings, which sleeps over three hundred people), where we attended workshops exploring creative solutions to sustainable living and where both GreenBridge's founder Daniel & Eco-Land designer Kama gave their own presentations.
Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Wellington
RECENT PROJECT PROFILE

WHAKAWHITI SUBDIVISION “A community success hinges not on what is received but what is given’

This six-lot subdivsion on Whakawhiti street Marfell had already been started when GreenBridge was called aboard to consult on the project.  Andrew Pepper the Managing Director of Pepper Construction was looking for a new approach to subdivisions that addressed how the social fabric of a street can be affected by its planning and the desire to bring a more sustainable approach to materials and practices in the houses themselves.
 
“This project is a team undertaking for Green Bridge, with initial concepts encompassing land infrastructure, community spaces, houses and gardens.  Key to the development is a shared space, which is based around a ‘pocket neighbourhood’ approach, which is essentially ‘a cluster of homes gathered around a landscaped common area’.  Although cars are usually excluded from the shared space in this type of design, due to site restrictions as well as council requirements, we have come up with a concept that provides a ‘bump’ space, which encourages community interaction and support, while the ROW is structured to slow traffic, creating safe places for children to play and neighbours to gather. 
 
Some of the many areas that explore sustainable practice include; small foot print homes that use efficient space planning, all have north facing solar gain, ‘nesting of houses for maximum privacy, rain water tanks and PV (photovoltaic power generation) is being considered as a standard feature.  A range of dwelling sizes are being offered to suit a range of occupants (singles, families and elderly), with plantings being focused on edible species and pervious paving and rain gardens used to minimize on-site stormwater run-off.
 
We are super excited to be working with people who are willing to step outside the square and ask the hard questions around what makes healthy homes, land and community!
Plan showing Whakawhiti shared space concept
In our next newsletter we will profile a 60 hectare farm in South Taranaki, who’s owners are working with GreenBridge to take dairy farming to the next level - to incorporate improved stock and water management, explore diversifying yields and multi-livelihoods...


UPCOMING PROPERTY PROFILE

We were recently contacted to complete a property report for another stunning property on Kaitake Rd, Oakura.  Check the 'Profiled Properties' link below in a couple of weeks to see the report summary
View from new Upcoming Profile Property Kaitake Rd

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE NOTICE BOARD

Parihaka Puanga Festival Fri 13th to Sun 15th June for more info visit: http://puanga.info/

Community Circle Winter Edition: Mon 16th June 9:30 -11:00am at NPDC council chambers.

Organic Horticulture Courses WITT
Lvl 3 Evenings Tuesdays 6-9pm - starts 14th August
Lvl 3 Days Thursdays 9:30-2:30 - starts 19th August

Crop-Swap Meetings: Bring along your homegrown and homemade foodstuffs to: 
Merrilands Domain Hall, 350 Mangorei Road 4-5pm on the 1st & 3rd Sat each month.
Oakura St James Church Cnr Surf Hwy and Donnelly 4-5pm on the 2nd & 4th Sat of each month.
Waitoriki Hall, Lincoln Rd, Waitoriki (back of Inglewood) 10.30am last Sat of each month.
or call 06 769 6841 for more information.
 
Basic Food Forest Concept Design
DESIGN YOUR OWN FOOD FOREST WORKSHOP

We are excited to be offering this two-day workshop, which will run Sat 9th & 16th August 2014.  The only Forest Garden workshop in Taranaki that is system design focused and specific to your property.
 
Our experienced tutors will lead you through the process of designing your own Forest Garden… 
  • You will learn to assess your sites suitability and plan a perennial Forest Garden.
  • We will explore various Forest Garden systems (temperate, subtropical, animal integration and more)... 
  • Options around establishment and succession methods, key pest and plant management strategies will be discussed. 
  • You will learn to choose the right fruit tree and understory planting for your site and habitat. 
  • Together we will calculate plant quantities, spacing, water management and integrate support species for low to no nutrient input.
  • Hands on planting of a planned Forest Garden for on one of our clients suburban properties.
  • From theory to practical, this is an interactive workshop will challenge and inspired you! 
  • This is the workshop to gear you with the knowledge to start your own Forest Garden, whether small or large. 
Come prepared to learn fast!  We run courses that challenge existing food systems and support you to make wide reaching regenerative change.

GreenBridge will be providing a scholarship to this workshop for one lucky person. Check out nomination process by clicking on the link below...
 
Registration options range from $345 to $1495, with earlybird pricing available until Mon 14th July 2014.

For details on what's included, full pricing and testimonials from previous workshops check out: www.greenbridge.co.nz

Past clients that attend this workshop receive a 10% discount (book by end June to receive this discount).
Che's Suburban Food Forest In Blagdon New Plymouth

AUTUMN PROMOTION

Book your free initial consultation with one of our in-house consultants and receive a $250 voucher for services valued purchased at $1000+GST and over.
 

SCOPE OF GREENBRIDGE SERVICES
Did you know we specialize in…
  • Edible & Regenerative Garden Design
  • Lifestyle Block Infrastructure Planning
  • Waste Water Design & Council Consents
  • Forest Garden Design & Installation
  • Sustainable Subdivision Development
  • House Concept Design, With Detail Drawings via our partnered Architect (see Caroline Tyrrell’s profile below)
  • Reports (Land Garden & House)

PROSPERING COLLABORATIONS

A Registered Architect with over 15 years experience in building design and construction, Caroline Tyrrell is delighted to be working with the Greenbridge team here in Taranaki.  Caroline is developing the initial floor plans that were designed by our Eco-Home designer Daniel for the Whakawhiti Subdivision where she is optimizing the sustainable functionality and aesthetic appeal of the houses and architectural infrastructure.working with the GreenBridge team to develop the overall design through to the Building Consent and Construction phase,
 
“It’s wonderful to be collaborating with local Designers, Green Bridge and Builders, Pepper Construction’ with a shared passion for Sustainability, on a project that offers so much more than a stand-alone house.  Sustainable neighbourhoods build resilient, healthy communities and the potential social and environmental benefits are even richer than those achievable with a single sustainable suburban home and garden.”


SHELTERBELT TIPS FOR WINTER PLANTING - Bena Denton

- Three tiers of shelter are best, especially in a
   windswept rural setting.
- Where possible create a ’U’ shaped sun trap; open to
   the North, rising in height & width to the South,.
- Filter the wind, don't try to stop it (avoid dumping)
- Consider planting ‘legacy trees’ or specimens trees
   on larger properties - planting for future generations
- Match plants to your site: elevation, rainfall, planting
   restrictions soil type, ground water and wind...
- Some hardy species to consider; hoheria, griselinia,
   oleria albida, makomako, tarata & tagasaste...
- In a suburban setting try species that grow 2-4m
   such as flax, hebes, ngaio, corokia, hydrangea...
- For fedge’s (food hedges), try hazel, feijoa,
   strawberry quava, myrtle berry, kumaquot...
- Every 1m of height gives approx. 6m of protection.

LINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION

Check out the following links to our website for:

Our philosophy & the principles that guide our work…

Our latest blog - ‘What is the Koanga Institute?'

Our latest food forest case study - Che's compact FF

Design your own food forest workshop - cont & costs
 
Or feel free to contact us on the contact details below to find out more about what we do, or to book your free initial consultation & become a part of the Taranaki Regeneration Movement!
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