TOP FLOOR: Director Fenton Norrie, architect Jon Brooksby, John Nosworthy from Boyds Bay Garden World and project manager Paul Garland on the rooftop.
TOP FLOOR: Director Fenton Norrie, architect Jon Brooksby, John Nosworthy from Boyds Bay Garden World and project manager Paul Garland on the rooftop. Blainey Woodham

Retirement village boasts huge rooftop gardens

A LUXURY retirement village is set to open in Tweed Heads in May, boasting one of Australia's largest rooftop gardens.

The 77-room complex will feature 490sq m of tropical gardens with citrus trees, herbs, native flowers and three water features.

The massive project required 525 tonnes of bulk materials to be craned in through the ceiling, under the watchful eye of John Nosworthy from Boyds Bay Garden World in Tweed.

"I don't think there is another rooftop garden built like this outside of metropolitan areas," he said.

The rooftop oasis takes in 360-degree views of the Tweed River, southern beaches and surrounding coast.

"Looking across the gardens to the river is quite a different to view to what you're used to in Tweed.

"It offers a picturesque opportunity to take in the vista of natural beauty in the area," Mr Nosworthy said.

Residents will be able to maintain herb and vegetable gardens on the large rooftop.

"The whole concept is that older people will be able to share a natural space and stay connected to the garden," Mr Nosworthy said.

The garden was designed by a Perth landscape architect, who chose bush plants with durability and tolerance to wind.

Garden beds will feature tropical flax lilies, irises, gardenias, coastal daisies and star jasmine.

Boyds Bay Garden World was chosen to implement the landscaping project because of their local knowledge.

They landscaped Casuarina and the Tugun Bypass and sub contract many Tweed suppliers.

Apartments average at $520,000 and have access to a private cinema, library, pool deck and medical suite.



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