As the land on which Lochaven is built transitions from its farming heritage to a new residential community, Dacland is determined to honour the land’s previous owners. Just one example of this being the recent incorporation of the McNab family tartan into the design of Lochaven’s streetscapes and parks.
This week Dacland and Fleming’s Landscapes, progressed a commitment to honouring the McNab family legacy by planting beautiful Nyssa Sylvatica ‘Forum’ trees along Strathlea Drive. These budding deciduous trees are distinctly marked by their red autumn colour. In the early months of autumn, when the leaves begin to change their colour the red and green will create a unique tartan effect reminding Lochaven residents of the McNab family, who farmed the land for 100 years.
Dacland general manager of design Jonathon Fetterplace believes that these trees will create a unique character for the community.
“At Dacland we celebrate the original land honouring the past as we build for the future. Across our communities, we listen to the history of the land and work with its natural features to create a legacy for future generations,” Jonathon said.
“We wanted to preserve the stories that Laurie McNab and his sister Val shared about their family and growing up on the land, and have chosen to honour the McNab family’s legacy in our design. If you drive past Lochaven on a cool autumn day you will see colours of red and green lining the streets. This will create a unique character for the Lochaven community and have a very special meaning to the residents that live there, both in the past and future.”
Lochaven has captured the McNab’s rich family history and stories throughout the community’s identity and branding, which features the colours of the McNab family tartan. These colours will now echo throughout the community design aided by the planting of the Nyssa Sylvatica ‘Forum’ trees that will help shade residents and create a remarkable neighbourhood that they can call home. The street names and landmarks at Lochaven have also captured the McNab’s rich family history to create a legacy for future generations.
As a core pillar of all Dacland developments, sustainability and environmental protection has been at the forefront of planning and delivery at Lochaven. The UDIA EnviroDevelopment assessment scheme has reviewed and awarded the community six leaves for its initiatives to reduce energy, water and waste, and promote the preservation of natural ecosystems, communities and materials.
“The planning and consideration underlining Lochaven’s sophisticated design helped it meet the UDIA rigorous EnviroDevelopment criteria, this is a community that has gone beyond the minimum compliance standards to further benefit the residents that live there,” Jonathon said.

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