Creating Naturally Beautiful Spaces
For local governments and commercial precincts, parks and gardens are a significant investment and a valued resource for users year-round. 2MH Consulting provides holistic landscape design and project management for parks and gardens throughout the state, with regular clients including Hobsons Bay Council, City of Stonnington, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Mitchel Shire Council and Macedon Ranges Shire Council.
Holistic landscape design
2MH Consulting combines sound design principles, including a holistic approach to the site and the community that it will serve. Sympathetic landscaping ensures sustainability as well as a pleasing aesthetic. Consultation with local community groups, local government and stakeholders is paramount, to create a sense of ownership by the local residents and ensure people will use the space enthusiastically. 2MH Consulting provides an end-to-end service to provide all this and more on behalf of local works departments.
We bring together the specialist expertise needed to deliver stunning parks and gardens. Our team includes talented landscape designers, horticulturalists, arborists, lighting designers, irrigation and drainage specialists, geotechnical engineers, signage designers, turf specialists and more. It is a comprehensive approach that has caused local governments and commercial precinct managers to seek out 2MH Consulting for park and garden projects throughout Victoria.
Parks and gardens provide a powerful opportunity to engage users young and old, able-bodied and less mobile users. Ensuring inclusive and accessible elements to connect all areas of the space can guarantee a stimulating environment for all users. Paths should be accessible for prams and wheelchairs and manoeuvrable by older users less nimble of foot.
Every community space should provide a diverse range of play opportunities for a wide range of ages and abilities. Age-appropriate play equipment and natural play elements can provide inclusivity with a healthy balance of challenging opportunities.
Parks and gardens need to be sustainable in the local environment and sustainable for the local government to maintain. We explore natural shade opportunities for aesthetics and to make plantings more sustainable. We use horticultural experts to select plants that will thrive in local conditions. We recommend durable surfaces to reduce maintenance requirements for high traffic areas. We think of the little things to make parks and gardens thrive in the long-term.
Safety needs to be considered throughout the design process. We contemplate aspects including play equipment fall heights and zones, potential finger entrapments, proximity to possible dangers. We ensure passive safety features like long sightlines for younger users’ easy supervision. We also deliberate how older users will navigate paths, stairs and inclines. Access and exit routes to surrounding traffic zones must be chosen for ease of traffic flow.