Between late 2014 and early 2015 Fresh Landscapes installed landscaping on both sides of the banks of The Parramatta River. This was for the Lennox Bridge Portals project on Church Street in the heart of Parramatta.
This heritage listed sandstone single arch bridge was built between 1836-1839 and is the third oldest masonry bridge in NSW. Remnants of the previously built Gaol bridge was found inside the portal opening during construction and was later found to be the oldest remains of a significant bridge in Australia.
Our brief was to re-landscape three main areas as part of the construction of portals on both sides of the river to create a walkway between Parramatta CBD and the river.
Working for Abergeldie in this Parramatta Council project, our dynamic and flexible team overcame many difficulties such as limited access to deliver materials to the site and flooding of the Parramatta River. The end result was worth the wait as depicted in the photos.
At six months since completion the landscape is coping very well following some of the initial difficulties with plants, turf and mulch being washed away when the river burst its banks twice during construction. It is a public space landscape that we are very proud of and can visit in the years to come. That is one of the reasons why we love being landscapers.
A mixture of advanced native trees and ferns with beautiful native shrubs and masses of exotic and native grasses make up this very attractive landscape. The design is simple, yet effective as it is fairly low maintenance which is key due to the accessibility issues. It definitely complements the structure of the historic bridge and its surrounds.