Orchard Barn

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Practical environmental education community project to restore C17th barn and old orchard for use by CIC as Rural Skills Centre.

About the project

OBee CIC was established to undertake the following objectives at Orchard Barn

  • Provide environmentally sustainable indoor and outdoor facilities and structure for community activities.
  • Increase participation in heritage activities. Provide opportunities for learning traditional skills through practical participation.
  • Employ, and encourage the use of, natural resources and organic techniques through education, communication of best practices and practical demonstration of uses.
  • Conserve and enhance the historic features of the local landscape, including traditional orchards.
  • Develop community-supported vegetable plots, orchards, and woodland.
  • Encourage existing wildlife, and aim to increase biodiversity, by improving the habitat of sites within the local community.
  • Provide increased access to, and opportunities for exercise in, green space that is close to the community.
  • Increase, through a holistic educational programme, community awareness and understanding of the effect the individual has on the environment – and the vital interconnectedness between the health of the environment and the health of the individual.

 

Since 2007, volunteers and trainees have succeeded in bringing an old barn back from dereliction and are now embarking on the next phase of the project – the renovation of the old orchard and converting bramble patches into productive food areas. We run natural/traditional building and green wood working courses utilising real projects on live projects. We hope to demonstrate self-reliance in terms of energy, water and waste.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
March, 2007
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Sarah Partridge
Telephone number: 
01473-658193
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
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Scotswood Natural Community Garden (Drift Project)

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

2 acre site demonstating food growing, especially exotic fruit, wildlife gardening, and sustainable lifestyles. Runs full design and other courses.

About the project

SNCG is a two-acre site which provides a great opportunity to engage with nature in a variety of habitats. They have wildflower meadows, several ponds, a small woodland, orchards and vegetable plots. The garden is managed by a varied team of volunteers, who work through the year to keep it looking beautiful. Over the years the garden has become a unique resource for local schools and community groups/ organisations.
SNCG host a wide range of workshops including; green woodworking and willow weaving. They also hold events throughout the year for the local community

Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Moira Slattery
Telephone number: 
0191 2004706
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Margaret's Plot

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

‘Margaret’s Plot’ is in the village of Carlton in North Bedfordshire. It actually consists of four separate plots based on four different Permaculture Designs. The four plots (the front and back gardens of a bungalow plus an allotment and forest garden) need to complement each other and form an overall Grand Design intended to give me as sustainable a lifestyle as possible and to provide fruit and vegetables for myself ( and some customers) all year round. I also like to experiment with different and unusual types of fruits and vegetables and try new techniques!

I will be very happy to swap ideas about permaculture and sustainable living with any visitors!

About the project

The small back garden of the bungalow contains a wallhouse (a small lean-to greenhouse) and a bed where herbs and salads are grown. It also includes minarette and wall trained fruit trees and constitutes zone 1. The front garden shelters the house from the road and is intended to be wildlife friendly - most of it can be described as ‘zone 5’. However some parts of the front garden area (including the south facing wall of the house) are specifically used for tender fruit production and so can be viewed as part of zone1.

The allotment and forest garden (combined area 16 poles) are a five minute walk away from the house and count as zone 2. Most of my vegetables and fruit are grown there. However the home garden ‘feeds’ the allotment and forest garden in terms of young plants raised in the wallhouse and grass cuttings and other green waste to use as mulch or to add to the compost heap. Similarly the zone 2 area of the allotment and forest garden feed the home garden (as well as the kitchen!) in terms of plants (like lavender) raised on a nursery bed on the allotment and also, of course, ready to use garden compost. The short walk between the bungalow and allotment field is useful for foraging fertility - grass cuttings from my neighbours and also leaves collected from under the trees lining the road in the autumn.

Carlton is close to the river Ouse and the soil here is alluvial, light and free draining - easy to work with but hungry so protecting the soil and boosting its fertility is crucial for effective food production. So as well as producing fruit and vegetables the zone 2 area acts as a ‘fertility production factory’ and a lot of compost is produced in three large compost bins. Sheet mulching with grass and cardboard is used extensively to suppress weeds and conserve moisture and this mulch rots down to give more compost and feed the soil. I have found sheet mulching to be particularly useful (it’s my permaculture passion) and it is now central to my gardening technique.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
May, 1996
Project Detailed Information
Permaculture Details: 
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Margaret Linggood
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
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Member Project: 
0
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Triangle Community Garden

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A community garden, created and cultivated by people of all ages and abilities, and promoting community, growing and sustainable living.

About the project

The Triangle Garden is a community garden, created and cultivated by local people of all ages and abilities and run on permaculture principles. It is part of a local park in Hitchin, and is open all year round.
We aim to enable people to experience and explore their relationship with the natural world, through a variety of different activities:

Volunteer gardening activities: on weekends and evenings to create, maintain and develop new features in the Garden for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Workshop and Courses: focusing on a wide range of aspects of sustainable living, including forest gardening, permaculture design, permaculture gardening, food growing and preserving, wine-making, plant propagation and pruning, wildlife awareness, and hedgerow crafts including basketry and willow weaving.
Community events: bringing people together, celebrating what’s special about our community and raising awareness about sustainability
Growing Ability: our project for adults with learning difficulties. The Triangle Garden and allotment provide the setting for ‘social and therapeutic horticulture’ sessions in partnership with Growing People. a local horticulture therapy provider. The project aims to improve the well-being, self-confidence, social and work-life skills of those who take part, through gardening and horticulture.

Craft Ability: a pilot project for adults with learning and/or mental health difficulties. The Pavilion workshop provides the setting for social and therapeutic woodwork sessions in partnership with Growing People. The project aims to improve the well-being, self-confidence, social and work-life skills of those who take part, through collaborative craft and woodwork projects.

The Growing Gang: a garden maintenance social enterprise run by adults with learning disabilities with qualified staff support, focussing on community spaces and those in need. In partnership with Growing People.

Discover what you can do at the Triangle Community Garden…

Project Dates
Project start date: 
June, 1999
Project Detailed Information
Permaculture Details: 
The Triangle Garden and its allotment are situated in a small informal park with a central pavilion building, part of which has been converted for our use as an indoor base. The allotment is very near the Pavilion representing our ‘zone one’ and is where we grow annual vegetables and some soft fruit and herbs. Immediately outside the pavilion we grow decorative, scented and edible climbers. The Triangle Garden is a short stroll across the park and is a wilder place than the allotment, where we have created a number of features with various food and non-food yields: a sensory garden, a wildlife pond, a willow maze, an area of drought- and shade-tolerant herbaceous planting, a bug hotel, dye plants, herbs and a bluebell glade. We also have a mini-orchard of traditional local varieties in cordon and fan form and are planning to plant a forest garden along the river Hiz which forms the garden’s north-western boundary. We have plans for rainwater catchment using an adjacent building across the river, subject to the landowner’s permission. We mulch with compost from the Garden, decomposed chipped tree waste from local tree surgery work and comfrey, which we grow in abundance. At our allotment we grow annual vegetables in raised beds using a no dig system with organic mulches to enrich the soil and keep it moist. We use comfrey and nettle stews to fertilise. We collect rainwater from roof runoff to water the veg. We compost all leafy material including as much from the council’s park contractors as we can get hold of, plus paper towels, peelings and tea bags from our building. We leave twiggy bits as habitat piles and ‘dead hedges’. We use vertical surfaces for growing wherever possible: fences, walls and trees. Our building has multiple uses: as a craft workshop space, an education space, a meetings venue, and the kitchen will in time become a park kiosk selling healthy fair trade snacks and drinks, some produced on our allotment. We leave areas of the garden and allotment wild to attract wildlife and allow naturally occurring plant species such as nettle, hedge garlic and butterbur to thrive in those areas. We allow plants such as Cow Parsley and Forget-me-not to flower freely, cutting them back when they encroach too much on what we have planted. We have persuaded the Council to dedicate a tract of low-lying land within the park to meadow and have planted and sown native wildflowers there. To reduce nutrient build up and create better conditions for the wildflowers we rake the mowings off the area every autumn and have planted yellow rattle and sunflowers. The Council only mow this area once a year now in September. We have also persuaded the Council to adopt a more wildlife-friendly management regime on the river adjacent to the Garden so that the banks are cut in rotation leaving continuous habitat for wildlife at all times. We regularly seek feedback on all aspects of what we do and review our policies and processes on a rolling basis. We work on the basis of slow and gradual change, observation, reflection and improvement, which can be frustrating to those who seek dramatic results, but is the only way we as volunteers can sustain forward motion. We have used permaculture principles to address the way we operate as a core group, in order to fairly share the workload and allow maximum participation in our workshop programme. We have gone from having a trustee body who carried out all the policy making, strategic thinking, project and garden management planning, publicity and events management and running virtually everything hands on, to creating several sub-committees made up of interested volunteers with a range of skills and enthusiasm with at least one trustee on each, allowing the trustees to focus much more on strategy and policy. This also allows people who don’t want the responsibility and red tape of trusteeship to have a positive and meaningful role in the management of the organisation.
Online links
Project Contact Details
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
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0
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0

Growing with Grace

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Organic horticulture almost entirely under 2 acres of glasshouses, with spectacular mature forest garden under glass, and closed-loop systems at heart of ethos.

About the project

We have a spectacular forest garden under glass, which we use as an educational and inspirational area, as well as a food production area, and sell the crops. We grow and sell the following from this area: grapes, peaches, nectarines, figs, cherries, apricots, hops, and a variety of herbs including thyme, dill, and sage. We also use permaculture principles across the rest of the site where the main food production is done. We heavily promote biodiversity to help us create a balanced system to reduce pest and disease issues. We minimise outside inputs, buying in no outside fertility or growing medium. We reuse and recycle where possible, using growing techniques such as blocking to reduce our reliance on plastics, and promote healthy transplants.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
July, 2000
Project Detailed Information
Permaculture Details: 
Set up as a Quaker business and workers co-op so we have always shared many of the principles of permaculture, with care of the earth and care of people being at the heart of our business. Recently we have become a Community Co-op, but our principles have remained at the heart of our business. Several of the directors have since been on permaculture design courses, and have been inspired by the ideas of permaculture design. Making money and running a business based on growing food organically is a challenge, and the permaculture principles have helped us to make the most out of our business in challenging times. We have tried to design our business to be as much of a closed loop system as possible. Whether it is our veg delivery van picking up waste veg oil for us to convert to biodiesel to run the van and other machinery, or delivering veg to customers who send their garden greenwaste to the farm to make compost to grow the veg with, or the fact that we generate all our own fertility and growing mediums on site. We are interested in applying permaculture principles to the whole business as we are in a period of exciting change and a process of redesigning how we run, and what we do.
Online links
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
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Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm is to the East of Ipswich in Suffolk. Our aim is to create a financially viable and environmentally sustainable farm producing a plentiful and diverse supply of nutritious food for the community of people that works on the land.
By teaching and demonstrating how this can be done we hope to encourage others to do the same. We are a not-for-profit social enterprise run as a Community Interest Company (CIC).

About the project

The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm is 12 acres in size, comprising vegetable beds for our community supported agriculture scheme members, low carbon cut flowers, a sizable forest garden (currently being established), digging pigs fed on legal waste food, pastured chickens and geese, and in early 2014, pastured beef cattle. We seek new members from time to time, please visit our website for details of how to visit the farm.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
November, 2009
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Joanne Mudhar is the main project coordinator
Permaculture Details: 
The Oak Tree began as a 12 acre field covered in wheat stubble left from a conventionally grown crop. My first act was to plant clover/grass fertility building manure on one half and a nitrogen fixing orchard ground cover green manure on the other half – this left a blank sheet. I have then observed the site and slowly developed different activities according to the characteristics of different parts of the field, taking into account the needs & interests of members of the community who have got involved with the farm, while also taking into account local residents and resident wildlife. My first project, on the best protected part of the field was the vegetable growing enterprise to gain revenue and to generate immediate community interest. With members of Transition Ipswich we are planting a commercial forest garden this year on a more “remote” (from the entrance) part of the site, with the possibility of a new entrance to that part of the field once the plants have matured. The community allotments would extend an existing allotment field, so for water and access they make sense there. I will add polytunnels close to the main building as they will need constant attention, I have placed coldframes and comfrey beds close to the veg growing area and generally I have sought to minimise effort and increase efficiency. And by still having a significant part of the field uncultivated, the talents of new people who get involved can be expressed yet more ideas.
Online links
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
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0
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Oakwood Denbury

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Oakwood Denbury school is evolving a narrative that includes nature as partner.

About the project

Oakwood Denbury school is evolving a narrative that includes nature as partner, supported by themes of low-impact living, climate change, sustainability and social responsibility. In essence Oakwood concerns seeds...both actual and metaphorical. Sowing seeds and evolving new stories. What Oakwood is trying to aspire to and help evolve can be distilled into a couple of words, Simplicity and kindness. By simple they mean uncomplicated and by kindness, the extension of the notion of kin, in myriad directions, to include how, where and with whom we live.

Project Contact Details
Telephone number: 
07775832836
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
18 January 2012
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Berry Lane Cottage

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A 6 acre smallholding in Nanstallon near Bodmin in Cornwall offering volunteering opportunities, bed and breakfast, courses and a place to find peace and quiet.

About the project

A wonderful place with mature forest gardens, formal gardens, new orchards, veg garden, poultry, camping and bed & breakfast in the heart of Cornwall and accessible by bike along the off road Camel Trail.
Courses and visits, very experienced owners Pete & Val Grainger who are both highly qualified in Ecology and countryside management as well as having been practicing sustainable land management and permaculture for many years. Pete works part time as an ecologist and is an expert dipterist and Val is a retired smallholder having been on the farming and smallholding scene for many years.

Project Detailed Information
Permaculture Details: 
Composting, no dig raised beds, compost toilet, forest garden in continuing development, underplanting, companion planting, water storage solutions, zoning, we are very much a margins and edge holding…creating micro climates and habitats in unpromising conditions as we are 900ft high on exposed north facing hillside
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Val Grainger
Telephone number: 
01208 831959
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
18 January 2012
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Westfield Farm Forest Garden

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Westfield Farm Forest Garden is a sustainable, permaculture forest garden project for anyone with an interest in forest gardens and the growing of local, natural and hedgerow food.

About the project

 

We started in December 2009 with a 0.36 hectare field. It had been used as grazing for sheep for many years and once we had cleared the field of fencing and posts we started designing the layout of pathways and created a five year plan for planting. Because of our exposed situation, the first task was to plant shelter belt around all four sides of the field. We used willow on the west and south sides and edible native hedging on the north and east sides.

The overall aims of our project are:-

  • To produce and distribute fruit, vegetables, nuts, herbs and seeds to friends, family and local markets
  • To offer educational opportunities locally such as:-
  • an introduction to the principles of permaculture
  • sustainable art and craft activities
  • animal/bird husbandry
  • garden wildlife conservation/observation
  • sustainable construction e.g. straw bale building
  • designing and constructing a Forest Garden
  • preparation and preservation of home grown produce

 

We have now applied, and been accepted, for organic status from the Soil Association and have two years “in conversion”.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
December, 2009
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Bryony Huntley
Telephone number: 
01275 332755
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
18 January 2012
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0
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ThosePlantPeople

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Fern Cottage is a permaculture smallholding with a young forest garden in development, a vegetable garden and experimental polycultures. We hold a permaculture social every 2 months

About the project

ThosePlantPeople are developing a 4 acre piece of land from an ornamental garden and grazing land into a highly productive system. Many fruit trees are now producing good crops with the understory still developing. They aim to grow as much of their own food and fuel whilst providing a haven for biodiversity. They will be guided by permaculture principles to make decisions about how to adapt the land and to pass this experience and knowledge to others. Their expert knowledge of horticulture has led to research and experiments in edible polycultures which are still evolving.

Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Pippa Chapman
Telephone number: 
07704178585
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
Data transfer from previous site
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0
Location verified: 
0