January 6th, 2020.
In the midst of the terrible news about Australia's bushfires it is worth remembering that we can help people and communities create truly resilient landscapes.
These are images from the 'FireWise' landscape we created just before Christmas for the recently upgraded volunteer brigade fire station in Jandakot (30 mins south of Perth). All plants are fire retardant (if well managed) all sculptures, garden features are fire proof and in time this garden will give shade, habitat, food and fire protection and respite for weary fire fighters.
We passionately believe that the solution to the ongoing threat of fire is NOT to clear more trees (remember it is trees, on mass, that create rain) but to create landscapes that have been designed to reduce ember attack, radiant heat whilst being beautiful, productive waterwise AND waste wise. We call these 'FireWise' landscapes as they will, IF well designed and managed, make a difference and make properties safer and more sustainable.
We had wonderful support from The City of Cockburn, DFES, The Jandakot Volunteer brigade, Red Sands (the amazing recycled landscape materials we used), Ellenby Tree Farm, Netafim (amazing drip irrigation), Dawsons Garden Centre, Baileys (amazing soil improver), Green Earth Enterprises (beautiful cortex steel planters), Creation Landscapes (beautiful Gabion baskets), Martin Jaine the amazing metal sculptures. We are developing our next project a demo 'FireWise' garden for the town centre in Denmark WA through the Shire of Denmark with support form the National Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP).