South Trelowia Barn has been home to Aranya and his partner Jules since the end of August 2019. Set in the Cornish countryside, two barns have sat on the site for about 200 years. Aranya and Jules, his partner, are working on transforming the site using permaculture. The barns were converted to dwellings in the 1980s and provide a fine classroom as well as a long-established and highly rated holiday home. The comfortable accommodation provides space for 6 people. Aranya and Jules are aiming to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings and have already added a 6kW solar array and battery system.
The land outside the barn extends to almost a half acre - not much from a conventional food production perspective, but more than enough for two people to steward without the use of machinery. Aranya and Jules are putting a strong emphasis on home-scale food production and perennial planting, including a small forest garden. The site consists of a number of small areas, each with different microclimates, offering a diversity of opportunities. It is hoped that everyone who visits will be able to observe an area similar to their own garden to explore options of what can be done in such a space.
For those who are especially interested, this PDC offers an extra emphasis on home-scale food production in diverse spaces and small-scale forest gardening.
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