Green­est yards in the burbs open to pub­lic

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - SHANE FOWLES

OVER the past eight years, Goshen and Ka­t­rina Watts have trans­formed their typ­i­cal sub­ur­ban back­yard into a highly pro­duc­tive gar­den oa­sis.

With largely re­claimed ma­te­ri­als, the per­ma­cul­ture ex­perts have cre­ated an area full of pur­pose in Bel­mont.

There’s a food for­est, se­ries of con­nected ponds, anti-aviary, per­me­able paved path­ways, a rocket stove, wis­te­ria cov­ered per­gola and an out­door deck.

Food scraps col­lected from lo­cal cafes are used to feed their chick­ens, and sup­ple­ment their mul­ti­ple com- post­ing sys­tems.

Peo­ple will be able to get a closer look at the per­ma­cul­ture gar­den at an open day to­mor­row.

It is one of 13 pro­gres­sive prop­er­ties across the city that will be open for Gee­long Sus­tain­able House Day.

The an­nual event, which is or­gan­ised by Gee­long Sus­tain­abil­ity for the coun­cil, is into its 10th year.

Other sites to be show­cased in­clude builder-de­signer Sally Wills’ com­pact build, with her new 57sqm tiny home in Nor­lane high­light­ing af­ford­able seven-star con­struc­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion visit: gee­long­sus­tain­abil­ity.org.au/shd

Pic­ture: ALAN BARBER

GREEN THUMBS: Goshen Watts, Goshen's son Asher, Cr Sarah Mans­field, and Vicki Per­rett of Gee­long Sus­tain­abil­ity pre­pare for Sus­tain­able House Day to­mor­row.

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