The project at Narara was the dream of Lyndall Parris and her husband Dave. A couple of years ago, this dream became a reality when they bid for the 100 year-old Gosford Horticultural Institute at Narara. The chattering of birds accompanies us wherever we walk and we learn there are about a 100 different species of birds here. A few hawks hover overhead as we walk up the hill to take in the breathtaking views of the bushland on the site that people in Stage 1 will enjoy. Heritage buildings, a Vegie beds and the fruit trees in the orchards are already hinting of the promise of this land for eventually achieving food security. Just on the edges of the land is a pocket of rainforest with bunya pines that seemed to stretch up to the sky—a magical space to reconnect both with yourself and the natural environment.
Dams, orchards, greenhouses, abandoned offices and heritage homes are all part of the property, so the potential to making this a thriving, vibrant, sustainable place for people to live is huge.