District Docklands (formerly known as the Harbour Town precinct) has created a new community garden. Leaf, Root & Fruit is proud to work with the District Docklands team and Development Victoria to design and implement a productive, aesthetic and exciting space for children and their families enjoyment.
Corner of Waterfront Way and Little Docklands Drive.
Docklands, Victoria 3008.
Image Gallery of District Docklands Children’s Garden
We have transfored the site which was formerly an industrial wasteland, covered in weeds and rubble. The garden is located on the corner of Waterfront Way and Little Docklands Drive.
District Docklands Community Garden “Before Shots”
Our goal statement for the project is:
“A beautiful and engaging place for the community to share and which creates a sense of belonging. It attracts visitors to the centre and is financially and environmentally sustainable”.
The design phase went through several stages and involved working with multiple stakeholders. The full site analysis and design document totaled over 40 pages. You can download a three page summary PDF version of the design by clicking on the image below.
The final design incorporates three shipping containers. These are used as windbreak and storage spaces. The shipping container in the middle, is a side opening container and can be used as a stage. Regular events and workshops will be run in the space by District Docklands, Leaf, Root & Fruit and Blender Studios.
The existing large concreted area, is furnished with seating made from up-cycled pallets. Apple crates are planted out with edible plants and flowers.
Raised wicking beds have been installed along the north boundary to act as a barrier to stop children running out onto the road. These have been planted with an edible forest garden, full of fruit trees, shrubs and an under-story of herbs and strawberries. Children will be able to wander along and pick some tasty, fresh and healthy fruit and veggies for their lunch!
The southwest corner of the space required the import of a large quantity of clean soil. It is planted out as an ornamental forest garden. There are lots of sensory plants included in this area to encourage children to smell and touch. Flowering plants will attract lots of beneficiary insects and brighten up the garden. The southern boundary is planted with fast growing pioneer species of shrubs and trees. These shrubs, trees and vines grown over the existing cyclone fence will act as a windbreak to make the site more pleasant to sit and relax in.
The grand opening of the space will occur on Saturday 18th November 2017 with some Children’s Street Art Workshops. On Sunday the 19th November we will be running some Gardening Workshops for Children.
Image Gallery of District Docklands Project Implementation
The space is to be an evolving ecosystem. We hope to add further features and functionality to the landscape as budget, time and resources are made available to us. We’ll be working with District Docklands to run regular workshops and events in the space. Sign up to our newsletter to be kept informed of upcoming events.
Have you visited the District Docklands Community Garden for Children? What did you think? Please any feedback you may have in the comments section below.