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Designing New Plymouth's Resource Recovery Centre, farm-scale implementation, sustainable housing, garlic, holistic decision making.
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SHIFTING FROM WASTE ...
TO RESOURCES
WELCOME TO GREENBRIDGE'S JULY NEWSLETTER, WHERE WE SHARE NEWS ABOUT NEW PLYMOUTH'S RESOURCE RECOVERY CENTRE, IMPLEMENTATION OF FARM-SCALE DESIGN, THE SUSTAINABLE HOUSING SUMMIT, AND MORE...
We are very excited to be engaged by New Plymouth District Council to provide concept designs for the proposed Public Good Area of the Resource Recovery Centre on Colson Road. 

The ultimate aim of a resource recovery centre is to cause the community to re-think and change how we use resources.

In New Plymouth, largely thanks to our new kerbside recycling program, we divert about 40% of materials from the landfill. With a resource recovery centre, we can increase this to 75-79% and we can grow jobs, innovation, and the local economy at the same time!
Above: As part of our research, we looked at overseas examples such as the architecturally designed El Cerrito Recycling Centre in California.
Since being engaged by NPDC, our first step was to visit six different resource recovery centres around the North Island with our key NPDC people Kimberley Hope and Nigel Auger. It was a fantastic trip and we learned so much from the businesses and community groups operating these sites. Check out our facebook page for a photo diary of our trip.

The New Plymouth resource recovery centre will be the first centre of recent times in NZ to be specifically designed and constructed for its role. It is a great opportunity to re-frame our conversations from "waste" to "resource re-distribution" in an attractive and appealing setting.

We recently presented three concept designs to council staff, and they were very well received. Soon, NPDC will be inviting community groups to express their interest in running the operation, and at that time we'll be able to share the concept designs with you.... for now they remain under wraps!
Above: These shoes are manufactured by Trash Footwear, using quality materials sourced at Raglan's resource recovery centre Xtreme Waste.
FARM-SCALE IMPLEMENTATION

It's all action this month at Joss and Steve’s farm in Omata…where some serious shelterbelts are being planted, fences are being re-structured to accommodate fodderbelts, and earthworks are being undertaken to form a sweeping stone "ha-ha" wall to contain the new orchard.

This 32 acre property is being "regenerated. Steve instigated the project, with his desire for a well-sheltered environment for his Galloway cattle studs.  GreenBridge was engaged to first redesign the farm, and then to undertake its implementation.
Above: Joss & Steve's overall farm design.
The new shelterbelts are multi-functional: offering stock fodder for increased animal nutrition and fodder options in times of pasture deficit; offering shade and wind protection; and the "structural" shelterbelts sited on ridgetops soak water into the ground, high up in the landscape. 

The clients are pleased that a greater level of tree cover on the farm will encourage diversity on many levels: bird, bee, and wildlife habitat; plus future inter-generational income from high-value forestry (scheduled for planting in year three). 

GreenBridge is working with a number of experienced local businesses in order to deliver the implementation. We manage the project to ensure quality results, expediency, and piece of mind for the client.

Keep an eye out for more images and an article about this project on facebook and our blog... coming soon!
Above: The planting team Brian, Roger, and Manu, gearing up for a day of planting. These guys motor!
Above: A ride-a-horsey, newly upcycled from diverted materials at the Seagull Centre in Thames.
SUSTAINABLE HOUSING SUMMIT
 
GreenBridge director Daniel Woolley recently attended the Sustainable Housing Summit in Auckland, and said it was well worth the time & money.

Daniel has shared his experience on our blog, with lots of images and links to innovative projects, so check it out.
Above: The ZEB (Zero Emissions Building) house in Norway, featured at the Sustainable Housing Summit.
GARLIC PLANTING TIPS from Bena Denton.

•You can plant garlic from May to August.
,•Prepare soil with ample organic matter; compost, blood and bone, lime, rotten manure etc, as garlic is a hungry feeder.
•Get yourself the best and biggest garlic bulbs you can find (not from the supermarket).
•Plant only the fattest outside cloves (eat the rest).
•Soak cloves overnight and add some cow poo to innoculate.
•Poke cloves into the soil at 10cm spacing, with the tip up and level with the surface.
•Cover with a 10cm layer of seaweed.  Seaweed acts as a slow release fertilizer, feeding the garlic plant over 5-8 months.
•Add another 10cm of mulch ie rotten hay, leaves, straw, etc.  With mulch like this, you won't need to weed at all.
Read the extended article here with tasty pictures.
HOLISTIC DECISION MAKING

Last weekend the GreenBridge team attended a Holistic Decision Making workshop in Katikati, run by Dan Palmer of Very Edible Gardens fame. We were very inspired and have started applying it to GreenBridge and our lives already... Here is our brand new, hot off the press "Statement Of Purpose":

GreenBridge fosters and supports the health & wellbeing of people and our planet. Through design and implementation services we heal & regenerate landscapes, create healthy homes, and connected, resilient communities.  Our work creates sustainable livelihoods. We are leaders and change-makers.
It seems a good plan to bring Dan Palmer (pictured above) down to Taranaki to run this workshop for all the people, groups, and businesses that we know will love it too!
EXPERT ADVICE... MONTHLY ARTICLES

Check out our latest article in Taranaki Daily News Property Weekly (below), sharing expert advice about creating a resilient, diverse landscape.
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