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In The Beginning

 

'Vision is not seeing things as they are, but as they will be'

 

Grass. Lots of grass. Soil smothered under two hundred and fifty square meters of concrete. A nine metre in ground swimming pool, a massive garage and an eclectic collection of garden shacks. A couple of roses in an exposed front yard, and a few small trees out the back.

 A solidly built 1950's commission house, with a lot of dodgy DIY additions, including a shockingly designed back room we fondly call 'The Oven' as it's just like a greenhouse and gets so hot you could cook a jacket potato on your rocking chair....     

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This good sized, north to north-west facing patch of land was just asking to be turned into a flourishing food forest with a vibrant vegetable patch, plenty of habitat for wildlife, ponds, and places to sooth the human soul. And the house has plenty of potential for us to learn how to create a sustainable home and lifestyle in your average suburban house.

So, founded on dreams of demonstrating urban sustainability the journey of Happy Earth began one bright day in July 2007….

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Original Landscape Layout
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