"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"
"Make hay while the sun shines"
"You can't work on an empty stomach"
"We reap what we sow"
"Let nature take its course"
"Waste not want not", "A stitch in time saves nine"
"Can't see the woods for the trees"
"Many hands make light work"
"The bigger they are the harder they fall", "Slow and steady wins the race"
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket"
"Dont' think you are on the right track just because it is a well beaten path"
"Vision is not seeing things as they are, but as they will be"
The Meadow Orchard Project is a community group that has taken on a 29 year lease of a 1.5 acre disused site owned by the NHS behind a health centre, that is designated Metropolitan Open Land. The group have established food growing with annual and perennial beds, a polytunnel and forest garden with fruit trees, nut trees, shrubs and perennial herbs. They are protecting two-thirds of the site as wildlife conservation through managing the different habitats, such as mowing the meadow grassland twice a year, cutting back bramble scrub and transplanting saplings. They have also created a large wild-life pond and have a top-bar bee-hive.
There are plans to build an eco-hut shelter utilising local sustainable and reclaimed materials that will be a classroom and meeting/events space, as well as a warm shelter for volunteers. This will incorporate an earth oven,food prep area, outside social space with a fire circle and a picnic area. Regular courses are run on permaculture related themes such as forest gardening, introduction to permaculture, scything and natural building.
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