Talbot Gardens family forest garden

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

The aim of the project is to grow low maintenance food and to increase biodiversity in a small urban back garden.

About the project

The aim of the project is to grow low maintenance food and to increase biodiversity in a small urban back garden.
The house is occupied by Rakesh's parents, who love gardening and growing their own food, but are getting too old to handle any intense physical work. They are therefore creating a low maintenance forest garden around the edges of the garden and have a synergistic growing space in the middle for a variety of conventional vegetables. The site will maintain space for people to enjoy the garden, as well as composting, drying cloths and other garden activities.
They are in the process of implementing a greywater treatment system, which will run into a newly created pond, with an overflow into one of the growing spaces. They will look to design a new shed-cum-greenhouse, with a green roof, which will also be used as a way to get access to the huge cherry tree which they have inherited.

Visits are by appointment only

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Project Contact Details
Telephone number: 
07575 009 322
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Sustainability Centre

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A centre of learning for sustainability and a source of inspiration, resources, expertise and solutions for building a sustainable world.

About the project

The Sustainability Centre aims to educate, enable and inspire people from all walks of life to make positive changes to the way they live and work. As part of this vision we aim to manage our land, our charity and our businesses as working examples of sustainability. We practise and promote sustainability as a process of making decisions which balance economic, social and environmental factors for positive benefit. To give you a brief idea of some of the things we do, take a look below:
Regular volunteering opportunities (anything from food growing to willow coppicing to habitat management)
Courses and workshops;
School visits;
Eco Lodge and campsite- hire a yurt or just bring a tent
Vegetarian cafe
Natural burial site.
Please see the website for more details!

Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Rachael Arden
Telephone number: 
01730 823 166
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
1
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Pennerley Permaculture and Forest Garden Plot

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary
6 acres at approx. 1000ft of old and new woodland, young forest garden, fruit and vegetables, 4 acres of wildlife meadows and wildlife areas.
About the project

Because of the thinness of the soil we have made up our vegetable beds using the no dig method. We now have several demonstration growing areas and have plans for more.
We aim to be organic and low maintenance.
Self seeded trees and hedgerow prunings provide our wood fuel and a further native woodland has been planted for future fuel.
We like to show that everyone can grow some of their own food, from a window sill and concrete yard to an allotment holder.
We offer, what we call Alternative weekend breaks - bed and board in exchange for half time work on our holding.
We also have a holiday cottage which provides a good part of our income, along with photo voltaic panels proving electricity.
We welcome individual and group visitors; especially those that are willing to give help in exchange.
Our aim is to encourage our plot to produce as much of our needs as possible whilst not only maintaining the wildlife present but encouraging more diversity.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
June, 1999
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Cheryl Kean
Telephone number: 
01743 791022
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Berry Wood Farm

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A developing 16 acre permaculture smallholding enterprise in the hills of the Derbyshire Dales

About the project

Berry Wood Farm (formerly “The Hillside”) is a developing 16 acre permaculture smallholding enterprise in the hills of the Derbyshire Dales. The land is in the early stages of transition from upland sheep pasture to a diverse, multi-functional, productive site from which we aim to create 2 livelihoods and inspire and inform others who dream of developing sustainable land-based lives.
We have backgrounds in organic market gardening and sell high quality salad leaf mixes to local pubs and restaurants, and veg boxes to a dozen or so local households.
In 2013 we are opening our gates as a low impact, back-to-basics campsite with compost toilet, solar shower, and campfires, with great views over Carsington Water and the surrounding hills and good access to the rest of the Peak District National Park.
We have been busy planting several acres of new woodland and shelter-belts for shelter, biodiversity, beauty, bee fodder and future coppicing for firewood, craft and construction use. The additional shelter will be vital for developing more favourable microclimates as the site is on a hillside ranging between 750 and 900ft and so can be quite exposed at present.
We have also planted quarter of an acre of forest garden to test what will cope with our climate and heavy clay soils, and have earmarked a further acre that will gradually evolve into forest garden over the coming years.
We currently have a couple of beehives, and hope to expand this considerably using natural beekeeping methods learned from “The Barefoot Beekeeper”.
Other strands of our ongoing work on site include improving our soils and drainage, the creation of several multifunctional ponds, and keeping ducks for slug control and eggs. Future plans include rare breed sheep (including experimenting with tree fodder as a regular part of their diet), wild mushroom cultivation, and small-scale aquaculture using carp.
Permaculture excites and inspires us, and in the future we hope to pass this on through workshops and courses once our site is a little more developed. In the meantime we accept volunteers and ‘WWOOFers’, and offer volunteer apprentice positions so people can come and learn alongside us whilst simultaneously helping the project to develop and flourish.
Heather Ruckledge and Antony Dumskyj

Project Contact Details
Telephone number: 
01335 343499 or 07535 168073
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Haye Farm

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A second generation family farm, with 50 acres of traditional pasture land, orchard and hay meadow grazed by rare breed sheep (wiltshire horn) and cattle (dexter).

About the project

Haye Farm is a second generation family farm, with 50 acres of traditional pasture land, orchard and hay meadow grazed by rare breed sheep (wiltshire horn) and cattle (dexter). The land is in a Counrtyside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) agreement so is extensively grazed with a forage winter grazing system more recently introduced. CSS also funds educational access visits to the farm and have helped finance a classroom. Diversified activities include two coarse fishing pools, small caravan site and most recently a barn conversion (haye farm sleeping barn) providing self-catering accommodation for up to 15 people. The barn is also to be used for residential courses and similar events.

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Project Contact Details
Telephone number: 
01299 403371 / 07732 489195
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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May Project Gardens

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Educating and inspiring communities through ethical food growing techniques, low impact living, collective action and sustainable development.

About the project

The May Project Gardens is a 0.028 hectare plot situated in Morden, south London, and was founded with the aim to bring communities closer together through sustainable activities. The site houses several fruit and vegetable growing beds, a medium size polytunnel, and is open to all those interested in learning and/or sharing skills and knowledge in permaculture, horticulture and community development. The main aim of May Project Gardens is to bring communities closer together to act collectively. The project provides access to the tools necessary to educate communities about the issues that affect the environment and as a result the effects they have on those inhabiting the planet. May Project helps to demonstrate some of the solutions to these issues and encourages all to get involve and make a difference

Project Dates
Project start date: 
April, 2008
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
May Project Gardens can accommodate up to 15 people.
Permaculture Details: 
At may project gardens we have mapped out and designed the site to accommodate a very diverse ecosystem. We have divided the space into four zones, namely: the kitchen garden, the main crop garden, the wild space, and the food forest. We also employ succession and companion planting techniques, no dig beds, rain water collection and storage systems, mulching/soil building and are in the process of constructing a rain water irrigation system for our covered beds. At may project we try to make everyone who visit aware of the importance of knowing what they eat and the effects their choices have on the planet as a whole. The set up of the may project garden site allows visitor to see the closed loop system of composting garden and kitchen discards as well as the principle of multiple functions for single elements.
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LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Harehope Quarry

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Harehope Quarry is a former limestone quarry in Weardale, Co. Durham.  Our work aims to promote a more sustainable future through education, course, events and the projects that we deliver on site.

About the project

Harehope Quarry is a former limestone quarry in Weardale, Co. Durham. The quarry is a Local Wildlife Site with areas of wet woodland, species-rich limestone grassland and ponds and rivers. The site is renowned for its exposures of Frosterley Marble as well as characteristic features of limestone geology, including Jacob’s Pot.

The quarry is managed to promote biodiversity, provide some permissive access and encourage outdoor learning through educational visits, courses and events. Facilities at Harehope Quarry include:
• Purpose-built outdoor classroom
• Dedicated bushcraft/Forest School site
• Outdoor cooking facilities
• Outdoor play and delivery area
• Workshop (summer 2019)

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 1998
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
11
Number of people text: 
Harehope Quarry Project can accommodate up to 40 people
Areas of Activity: 
New build
About area of activity: 
There is a straw bale workshop on site and 2 timber post and beam Segal buildings.
Permaculture Details: 
The Harehope Quarry Project was set up shortly before 2 co-op members attended an introductory and full Permaculture design course so Permaculture principles and methods were incorporated into the design as the project has developed. Observation of the site and interaction with the site were undertaken for several years before the project started to develop. The design incorporates producing and storing our own energy, growing food using raised beds, a polytunnel and an embryonic forest garden, grazing animals to improve the biodiversity of our woodland and limestone grassland areas, an aquaculture project and a Walter Segal self-build project utilising renewable sources and services and producing very little waste. The project has had to work creatively to sustain itself and responds to changes as they have occurred. When resources have been available they have always had multiple uses. We are currently reviewing how we function and again Permaculture design principles will inform our decisions.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Jill Essam
Telephone number: 
07807 002032
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Willows Permaculture Garden

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A sustainable production of food, wood and wood fuel in a semi natural garden setting.

About the project

I grow around 50 types of fruit and veg,for our consumption, as well as all the wood needed for our fire. Altogether I have around an acre of trees and about a quarter acre of food growing on the site. When we moved in 14 years ago it was a traditional country garden with lawns and flower
beds as well as many non native trees. One of the first things I did was to plant trees on some of the lawns and so cut down the amount of mowing required, growing something useful instead! My
aim is to replace unnecessary non native trees with our native deciduous species, all of which can be coppiced or pollarded for a continuous crop of wood. Last month, I converted a flower bed to
an ash seedling bed. When the saplings are big enough, they’ll be used in the next stage of cypress replacement.
Where possible, I use my own wood to build necessary structures for growing the fruit and veg. eg the fruit cage is made from my own posts and likewise, I built a waist height raised bed (built log cabin style) to grow veg in. I’m particularly proud of this as I cut the notches using hand tools ie a bow saw and axe. Everything gets recycled here including old tyres to grow potatoes in, wire freezer baskets to protect crops, plastic milk bottles as hanging baskets for strawberries, pop bottles for storing rain water for the fruit and veg, old doors and building rubble to make compost heaps.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
July, 2006
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Willows Permaculture Garden can accommodate up to 6 people
Permaculture Details: 
Both in production of food and fuel, it’s sustainable, using only compost produced on site to replenish the soil and feed the crops. I’ve deliberately left areas semi wild to encourage biodiversity. I use and reuse materials close to hand to build compost containers, grow plants in, use as water stores etc and these can be replicated by anyone, whatever their setting.
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Marion Turnbull
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
18 January 2012
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EcoDIY

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Sub-urban family project working towards self-reliance using organic, permaculture principles and low cost DIY construction, using recycled materials.

About the project

We are a family of three and a dog living by the sea in the east of England, trying to be as self sufficient as possible without being fanatical about it. We structure our garden on organic, Permaculture principles, storing rainwater and recycling our grey water through a reed bed. Our home uses solar energy and waste wood for space and water heating and cooking and we have a solar electricity generation system. We grow and eat our own vegetables, fruit, eggs and honey. We are creating all of this ourselves (DIY) where possible from recycled materials. We have help from volunteers from the WWOOF and HelpX organisations who stay with us and work on our project. We hope to have volunteers from the Permaculture Association in the future. We are developing trading networks in the local community, as well as salvaging materials and passing them on to others. We have set up Tendring ECO Group, which meets monthly and we continue to forge links with Transition groups and others in the wider area.
We have also acquired a piece of ancient woodland so some of our time is spent managing the wood including coppicing, planting, clearing bracken and creating a small woodland garden.
As we generate more electricity than we use, we have just purchased a second hand electric car.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
July, 2006
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
ECO DIY can accommodate up to 10 people
Permaculture Details: 
Outside design; Using the slope of the land, water flow and direction of the sun and surrounding fences to maximise use of resources and food production, increase biodiversity and wildlife habitat. Inside design to save energy and water. Design integrates the house and inside areas with the growing area. Using resources available locally (mostly recycled) to feed our plants and trees and as building material.
Online links
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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0
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Abbey Physic Community Garden

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A community based charity run by garden members, which places emphasis on the therapeutic benefits of horticultural and craft activities.

About the project

The Abbey Physic Community Garden is a members based community project within a half acre walled garden in the centre of Faversham. The three principal aims of the project are: firstly to help relieve the needs of people with mental health problems and provide relief to those who are socially and economically disadvantaged; secondly to be inclusive of everybody and promote non-segregation, so that people from all different backgrounds can benefit from working at the garden; thirdly to help people to develop life skills and coping strategies, undertake training, achieve qualifications, pursue employment opportunities, gain independence and take responsibility for themselves. The space is divided up into the following zones: a forest garden, cottage garden, wildlife garden, shaded borders, no-dig raised beds, as well as fruiting trees and bushes scattered around the site. In these zones we grow a wide range of organic fruit and vegetables using permaculture principles which we then sell to the general public. We also produce various crafts for sale; cards, soaps, willow baskets, wildlife homes, as well as jams and preserves, all made at the garden using garden produce. We are open to the public and the garden is a community space which can be accessed and enjoyed by everyone.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 2007
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Abbey Physic can accommodate 15 to 20 visitors
Permaculture Details: 
Within the garden a number of projects have or are being established that show Permaculture in action. These are: wildlife area and wildlife pond; bug palaces; forest garden; rain/greywater harvesting; compost toilet; composting; growing/selling organic fruit and vegetables; ‘Bake Your Lawn’ giving children the opportunity to grow organic wheat to harvest and turn into flour and then bake Real Bread in the clay oven; being a safe communal place for people to enjoy; supporting and sharing; solar panels; sedum roof; running courses and networking; conducting permaculture research by taking part in the mixed veg trials. This is an ongoing and evolving plan in which people can work together to create real communities.
Online links
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Data verified: 
0
Location verified: 
0