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New Plymouth's Resource Recovery Centre, landscape implementation, pocket neighbourhood.
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RESOURCE RECOVERY CENTRE
WELCOME TO GREENBRIDGE'S NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER, WHERE WE SHARE OUR CONCEPTS FOR NEW PLYMOUTH'S RESOURCE RECOVERY CENTRE, A LANDSCAPE INSTALLATION, AND MORE...
We are very pleased to share our three concept designs for the proposed Public Good Area of the Resource Recovery Centre on Colson Road. 

THE DESIGN BRIEF:
  • Be a major part of the solution to divert 75-79% of materials from landfill.
  • Engage the community, businesses, and industry to re-think & change how we use materials.
  • Demonstrate best practice sustainability.
  • Create jobs & businesses.
  • Stimulate the local economy.
  • Become a focal & connecting point for the community.
  • Enable all members of the community (including those on low incomes) to access resources.
We explored three quite different configurations in the concept designs, but they all share the intention to make resource re-use and re-distribution "attractive and normal".

More than 80% of visitors to this facility will be shoppers rather than dropper-offers, so this shifts the design emphasis to enhancing the shopping experience - rather than an upgraded transfer station that is good at encouraging recycling.

Construction of the site will model zero-waste practices & will heavily utilise pre-used materials - a no brainer really!

After getting feedback from operators & designers of these sorts of sites, we are now starting  to work on the final concept... so watch this space.

For larger images plus the evocative "image boards" see here.
 
LANDSCAPE IMPLEMENTATION
The photo above shows a recent GreenBridge installation, encompassing the stone haha wall pictured and the new (already flourishing) orchard in front.  The haha wall is a successful example of hardscaping that defines the existing topography (rather than imposing an artificial will on it) - with one visitor declaring "it has always been there!".  The orchard is close to the main home but is a distinctly separate space due to the sweeping haha wall.  The view from kitchen to the orchard in bloom will be magnificent! 
 
Locating the orchard in a natural, north-facing ampitheatre means the fruit trees were instantly well protected from the wind and receive maximum sun.  One challenge of this spot was the high water table. This is great for summer productivity but posed the problem of possible water-logging during the occasional really wet winter - so as a precautionary measure we planted most trees into soil mounds.
Easy foot access via stone steps and a ramp for the wheelbarrow and mower means this orchard will be a joy to maintain.  Chooks scratch in a strawyard nearby and once the orchard is mature, chooks will be able to forage below the trees to extend their diet and disrupt pest cycles. Beautiful kowhai, silk trees, and alders fix nitrogen, while a planting of comfrey mines potassium.  Get the nitrogen and potassium right, and all other minerals will come into balance over time.  

We're really pleased with the structural balance of this edible-scape as well as workmanship of all the contractors we engaged to carry out the work.  Seeing the landscape design grow from paper to reality was a real buzz for us and the clients.
Above: Brand new fruit trees with the existing glasshouse and new chook house behind. See more photos here.
Concept A: a great shopping and visitor experience.
 
Concept B: great flow of materials on site.
 
Concept C: bringing the resource flow to light.
 
SUSTAINABLE BACKYARD TRAIL
We were delighted to be a sponsor of the Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail which finished recently. There was a great range of delicious yards to explore and people to learn from. Well done to the Taranaki Environmental Education Trust for putting on such a great event. We look forward to next year!
Above: Hazel & Derek's garden (designed by us) was part of the Sustainable Backyard Trail. See more photos here.
WELL DONE BENA
Bena recently received her Aotearoa Diploma in Permaculture Design. This involved submitting a portfolio of her work (all GreenBridge designs) to a panel from Permaculture In New Zealand. The assessors were very impressed by the quality and standard of her work. Well done Bena :)
POCKET NEIGHBOURHOOD
Work at John Mana Way (23 Whakawhiti Street) is almost finished! There was a great article about this community-focused subdivision in LIVE magazine. We really enjoyed reading about what the residents think and the reasons they bought there - it confirms that many people do indeed want to experience more neighbourliness in their lives. Check out the article here. There are still homes for sale - so go check it out. Lot 5 is pictured above, see more photos here.
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