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Industry first sustainable garden

Goodman has unveiled a sustainable garden at Interchange Park in Sydney’s west, setting another new environmental benchmark in the industrial property sector.

The sustainable garden aims to create a unique shared community space for the 1,200 workers at Interchange Park, while also promoting organic gardening and permaculture practices.

With its own biodynamic ecosystem, the garden features 23 individual garden beds made from recycled materials. It also has stingless native bees to assist with pollination of wildflower plants, and houses a garden pond with water feature, 20 Australian rainbow fish, and a range of aquatic plants. 

Compost from plant debris is re-used in the garden to help retain soil moisture and adds rich nutrients for healthy plants. The sustainable garden has a worm farm to produce nutrient-rich fertiliser and helps to reduce waste.

Ensuring minimal impact on the environment, a garden shed houses a 2.2kW solar system to power the LED lighting, water pumps and robotic mowing devices. A rainwater harvesting system irrigates all garden beds and the water feature. Importantly, Goodman used only recycled materials to build the garden – including the garden shed, planter boxes and recycled bricks for the pathways.

With seating for 12 people, the sustainable garden will be a shared space for customers to relax or roll up their sleeves and enjoy some community gardening.

Already, Goodman has donated seven large boxes of vegetables to Oz Harvest – helping to fill it’s 4,000 hampers donated to those in need with organic seasonal produce including cos lettuce, kale, spinach, bok choy, purple and orange carrots, beetroot, and cauliflower. 

Zero chemicals are used so all produce is completely organic. With its own ecosystem, the garden is a true showcase in biodiversity. It’s a great opportunity for our customers to learn more about organic gardening and permaculture and provides an engaging team-building opportunity for customers.


1. Break Out Zone

  • Recycled brick paving on a sand bed to be used as surface
  • CSA Odyssey table setting 
  • Core ten steel water feature with solar power recirculated pump system
  • 4 x shade sails covering seating area. 

2. Shed/Storage Zone

  • Garden shed constructed from timber and metal sheeting
  • Recycled timber used to construct benches and create hanging space for tools
  • Solar panels on the garden shed roof to provide power for the LED lights.

3. Growing Zone

  • 23 x vegepods as the planter bed cladded with recycled timber. (Vegepods are made from recycled plastics and are food-safe for growing edible vegetables and fruits).
  • Organic garden soil used with organic perlite allowing increased soil moisture
  • Plant health is ensured by a wicking system and watering the plants from below. 
  • A polyethylene knitted mesh to protect crops from UV and pests. The cover also helps
  • Manage temperature by allowing water and air to penetrate.

4. Enrichment Zone

  • All green waste and food scraps will be put into a compost tumbler to be reused throughout the garden as organic soil improvements
  • A worm farm is installed to create an organic liquid fertiliser to use on the veggies and crops
  • A native beehive (stingless), made from recycled cypress timber, is in the enrichment zone surrounded by native planting. 
  • A steel bird bath is installed to promote the local birdlife to visit the garden.

5. Water Harvesting Zone

  • Rainwater harvesting tank collects water from the garden shed
  • The recycled water pump has UV filtration and is powered by solar panels
  • Recycled water taps with hoses throughout the garden are connected to the rainwater harvesting system.