Golden Grove is a residential community of over 12,000 lots in rolling limestone and clay hills 21 kilometres north of the Adelaide city centre, developed over a 19 year period commencing in 1984. The Golden Grove development began as a joint venture between the SA Urban Land Trust and Delfin Property Group (now Lendlease).
Cielens+Wark (with Chuck Wark as director) was engaged as landscape architects for the development in 1985 — Chuck completed his involvement with the project in 1994. During this period, Chuck was the director with primary responsibility for the landscape design, documentation and contract administration for over 100 hectares of open space, including streetscapes, parks, reserves, drainage reserves, escarpment revegetation and special projects incl. Secondary Education Shared Facilities Complex, Arts & Recreation Centre and the Kids for Landcare Outdoor Classroom.
As landscape architects, we also directed the establishment of a development production nursery, contract growing advanced tree stock and other plant material for future stage plantings, based on projected stage release timing, lot numbers and expected sales rates.
The Golden Grove development was awarded the FIABCI Prix d’excellence in 1998, voted the best residential development in the world.