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Sheoak’s Landscapes landscape designers
stablished in 2000, Sheoak’s Landscapes
supplies landscaping and civil engineering
services to commercial and residential
clients throughout Western Australia.
The company offers a plethora of services
including landscape design and construction,
project management, civil works, reticulation,
softscaping and landscape maintenance.
A qualified horticulturalist, Sheoak’s owner
Paul Roche also has extensive experience in
designing and constructing living walls (also
known as vertical gardens) and roof gardens.
Common throughout Europe, these gardens are
only just starting to pop up in Western Australia.
As sustainable gardens, they can reduce cooling
and heating costs, minimise stormwater run-off,
increase biodiversity, act as a sound insulator and
create a calming ambience.
Paul Roche and the Sheoak’s Landscapes team
were hired to create open spaces, living walls
and an entry statement at the Frasers Landing
residential development in Mandurah.
Imperative to the design was the reflection
of the local environment, so existing trees were
retained and native plant species were added.
In reducing the removal of trees throughout
the development, the footpaths were altered to
snake their way around the existing vegetation.
Sheoak’s created ‘outdoor rooms’ by installing
lawn areas underneath natural gaps in the tree
canopy. These were then connected by corridors
of lawn, timber decking or concrete footpaths.
In keeping with the project’s commitment
to sustainability, Sheoak’s used solar-powered
reticulation valves. This limited electrical wiring
and reduced Sheoak’s carbon footprint.
Sheoak’s also designed and constructed a
living wall within the development. Panels were
pre-planted and grown offsite, before being
mounted onto metal framing and attached to
a waterproofed wall. Lines of irrigation were
inserted between the panels.
At the 2010 Landscape Industries Association
of Western Australia Awards of Excellence,
Sheoak’s was recognised for its work, winning the
Contractor Commercial up to $400,000 category
for Frasers Landing Hamlet 2 and the Contractor
Commercial $400,000-$1 million category for
Frasers Landing Entry Statement Stage 1.
Unit 16, 45 Ladner Road, O’Connor
Phone: (08) 9314 1640
Native plant species allow the
landscape to integrate with its
surroundings, while pathways
make for easy access.
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