ST JOHNS CHURCH, GLEBE
MUSA Landscape Architecture was commissioned by St John’s Church in Glebe to develop a landscape masterplan for proposed works to this heritage listed site. The site is dominated by the historic Sandstone St John’s Church, a local landmark within Glebe, the design sought to reflect this heritage, past Aboriginal use and future use by the wider community of Glebe.
One group moving to this new site are the Glebe Community Garden group. Drawing inspiration from this group as well as the site's heritage listing, protected registered trees, past Aboriginal uses and future uses the landscape masterplan has sought to create a new style of community garden. All proposed plantings not only provide the Church setting with attractive landscaped areas but also have the potential to provide fruits, flowers, tubers as part of a 'bush tucker' garden for the Glebe community.
This project will draw the community together, with the potential to reconnect the local Aboriginal community with the site, engage the wider glebe community promoting healthier lifestyles and potentially become an educational facility showcasing how native bush tucker species can be used in gardens and landscapes for the enjoyment and benefits of the community with benifits to local wildlife.
The design of this project has included extensive consultation with local stakeholders including the City of Sydney Council, community groups that will use the site, Church wardens, adjoining Anglican Care Home, The Glebe Society (including the blue wren sub-committee) and included a public consultation held to discuss the project with the wider community.
A development application to City of Sydney Council has recently been submitted with the first phase of works commencing soon!