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Dave Van Houten – the tree expert

Dave van Houten

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GET INTO THIS FIELD? Ever since I was young, my parents were avid gardeners. I loved seeing the rewards in the growth of the flowers and vegetables and fruits. When I was 17, at school, I did work experience at a nursery and fell in love with the field. After this, I managed to score an apprenticeship, and the rest is history. It has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP TIP/S WHEN PLANTING A GARDEN? To keep it simple. Plan for the future. Always start with a good garden bed, as it is the base of a good garden – always think about the roots first. Then ensure you give the garden and trees enough water. It sounds obvious but not enough people realise how important a good soaking is.

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What’s in a (street) name - Part 1

Whats in street name
Meaning behind street names

Building a new home means knowing every intimate detail of the lot, the home, the orientation and the area. But for many, the meaning behind their street name can remain an unpondered mystery.

All streets in Catherine Park Estate have been named after either previous landowners in the area now known as Catherine Park Estate or eminent Australians (Companions of the Order of Australia). As residents begin moving into St James, we present some of the namesakes behind the addresses.

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Catherine Parks welcomes a new resident

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Catherine Park Estates newest resident is from Mangrove Mountain on the Central Coast; lively, welcoming and environmentally-minded. ‘Fifi’ – the 10-metre high Ficus Hillii Fig tree – will welcome residents from her central position on the second roundabout at Catherine Park Drive, adjacent the Kensington precinct and sports fields.

The new green addition to Catherine Park Estate was delivered before dawn on Friday 16 March. It arrived on a semi-trailer and was planted with the help of an entire team of people, along with two cranes.

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Top 5 things to consider in a home design

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There are so many thoughts and emotions one faces on the cusp of building a new home. The possibilities seem endless (and somewhat confronting) and after a while, it can be difficult to tell one floor plan from another. Here are five elements to consider upfront to ensure a smooth planning process and a home that meets your every aspiration.

1. Work with your lot

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Welcome to 2018

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The summer holidays are now a set of sepia-coloured memories and faded tan lines, and we are excited to launch into 2018 with a bigger bang than ever. Our community is coming to life before our very eyes and there are so many exciting opportunities for the year ahead.

More than 150 homes in Catherine Park Estate are now occupied, with more settling every week. As we see increasingly more houses lit up at night time, we are incredibly proud of the community taking shape. We think of new residents preparing meals, setting tables and sitting down together, creating new routines and memories in their new homes. Soon, residents will have access to St James Park and Robbins Lane, both of which will create new avenues for outdoor entertainment and leisure.

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