2019 WINNER: THE SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE AWARD
In collaboration with our parent company, Australian Ecosystems, our Pop-up Urban Farm in Port Melbourne took home the award for best Sustainable Landscape at the 2019 Landscaping Victoria Industry Awards. This Pop-up Urban Farm is outside The Sustainable Coffee Company Roastery and has grown over 450 kgs of fresh produce in 12 months using composted coffee grounds, coffee chaff and organics from the South Melbourne Market-- that's almost half a tonne of food from 2 car spaces in 12 months. The project uses modular wicking garden beds designed by our sister company Biofilta as well as recycled materials, and was praised for addressing urban heat island effect and urban hydrological systems. We are super proud of this project, and the recognition from the landscaping industry of our efforts to make urban farming accessible and sustainable.
2017 WINNER: LANDSCAPE OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Warralily Estate wetlands and creekline restoration project at Connewarre stretches across several kilometres of Armstrong Creek between Barwon Heads and Geelong. The project involved seed collection, propagation and planting of more than 1 million locally indigenous plants, as well as installing hectares of mulch, jutemat and rockwork, habitat stags, and over a kilometre of concrete pathway and street furniture.
The Landscaping Victoria judges panel described the Connewarre project as “a major environmental project that is immaculately detailed, making it a community success – a beautiful place for walking, playing and enjoying the outdoors for humans, and through natural rock placement and the use of tree stags as habitat areas, a sanctuary for wildlife too.”
The project brought together elements of sustainability, plant selection and water usage to build a beautiful wetland which interacts harmoniously on all levels and enhances the natural environment. The project also won Landscaping Victoria awards for Use of Plants in the Landscape, Landscape Management and Maintenance and the Natural Built Environment.