Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Decking in Summer Hill

Decking is a fantastic way to increase your outdoor living space.

This family home in Summer Hill has an expansive back garden. 

The Butchart Gardens built a wide deck to maximise the useable area.

Constructed from Tallow wood, the deck features 
weatherproof webbing to increase the life of the bearers.

Every structure needs a solid foundation.

Capped edging is an added feature, giving the impression of a floating deck.

To increase the life of the timber, we oiled it with a protective decking oil.

The sun came out as the deck was finished 

Just in time for some outdoor entertaining.

For a functional outdoor living space where you can enjoy 
Sydney's gorgeous Spring weather

Contact James Butchart
Phone 0408 264 964

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Man Who Planted Trees

This is the story of The Man who Planted Trees. 

L'Homme qui Plantait des Arbres

If you haven't read this book, you have missed a beautiful tale of one man's journey across a lost land, transforming the ground from a desolate wasteland to a lush, verdant expanse of green.

Published in 1953, The Man who Planted Trees was a work of fiction with a message that struck a chord well before it's time. This is an ecological fable that is as relevant today as it was 60 years ago.

When the Reader's Digest commissioned author Jean Giono to write a few pages for a feature article called "The Most Extraordinary Character I Ever Met", he created an allegorical tale that the magazine lapped up......

...until, an investigation by Reader's Digest found the author had misled the public by creating a work of fiction rather than a biography. "The Most Extraordinary Character I Ever Met" was to have been based on a real person, not some crazy, life-giving peasant who journeys alone, carrying out the work of God.

As the magazine's investigative team soon realised, tracking down the central character (a roaming shepherd who had never been schooled) was a thankless task. 

Indeed, finding the vast forests, planted so lovingly by the man or locating his tiny village, whose people had rediscovered the joy of trees, shade and fruit in abundance, was impossible. 

The Man who Planted Trees was not published by Reader's Digest after all, but in 1968, a German Publishing house, having "verifed" the existence of the shepherd from photographs, ran the story in an anthology of biographies. 

Giono had sent them a photo of "a typical handsome old man, clear eyed and with a calm expression,his bearing both proud and awkward, wearing what is clearly his Sunday best in honour of the occasion."

The anthology was a huge success and The Man who Planted Trees became a legend. 

The publishing house even went so far as requesting the name of the nearest railway station to the fictional village, so that fans of this lovely tale could visit the place where the man had lived and planted his enchanted forest.  

The author never revealed the location of that village. 

The Man who Planted Trees is a tale that belongs on every bookshelf. 

To have trees planted in your garden
contact The Butchart Gardens
Call or email James Butchart 

Phone: 0408 264 964 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tree Day

Any day is a good day to plant a tree, especially on Tree Day. 

July 31st is National Tree Day and we went along to the local GreenWay to lend a hand and do our bit to up the oxygen in our neck of the woods.  

The GreenWay connects the Cooks River Cycleway from Earlwood to the Iron Cove Bay Run at Haberfield, and it links the inner west council areas of Canterbury, Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt, following Hawthorne Canal and Rozelle freight rail corridor. 

The proposed extension of the Light Rail along this corridor means less traffic and more trees.  Our local Tree Day Site was located along the Hawthorne Canal in Haberfield. 

Trees, trowels, gloves, instructions, water and biscuits were supplied (Italian biscuits of course... this is the Leichhardt Municipality after all). 

Our team of eight volunteers spent a pleasant few hours planting trees, shrubs and ground-cover native to the area.

Ed the friendly neighbourhood Lab supervised the workers. 

It's a great family activity, to plant a tree on a sunny Sunday morning. Nothing like getting your hands dirty and watching things grow.

Tools down.... time for some of those Italian biscuits!

These volunteers are looking forward to doing some more digging with their friends in 2012. A growing number of schools and community groups are getting involved every year.

For more information about National Tree Day 
and how you can get involved go to:

For information about the Greenway 
between the Cooks River and Iron Cove go to:

For a consultation with 
The Butchart Gardens

Contact James Butchart 
 0408 264 964