Abundant Earth.

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Smallholding near Durham City owned and managed by a workers coop using a permaculture approach. We produce food & crafts and provide courses.

About the project

Our food activities include growing veg and salad in our one acre garden, running a veg box scheme supplying 40 households each week, looking after our hen flock who provide eggs for our veg customers, and we also have a flock of sheep and plenty of fruit trees.
Our craft activities include wood, willow and wool. We make items for sale such as wooden bowls, willow baskets and felt fairies.
Our courses include teaching these craft skills in schools, running workshops at events and at our smallholding. We also teach permaculture, green building, composting, fruit tree grafting, hedgelaying.
We are very active in the local transition and food scene in Durham.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
December, 2001
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Abundant Earth can accommodate up to 15 people
Permaculture Details: 
Followed obredim in site development and still do Several examples of principles in action including catch n store energy, multiple functions of each element, cyclic system, stacking, etc Business model works with 3 ethics Ongoing site designs using permaculture methods
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Wilf Richards
Telephone number: 
07906439084
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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CountrySOLE Project

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

The CountrySOLE Project is a green tourism and educational centre. The project aims to create a sustainable living system, utilizing natural, biodegradable, reused, and recycled materials and working with natural cycles.

About the project

Thinking always in terms of cycles, on our own Soil Association (G2302) holding;
Using Scandinavian models, built 2 log houses and planted 350 trees before starting to build, to replace the timber used. Protected using home made borax solution.
Insulation using sheeps wool, some of which were our own fleeces, again treated with borax.
Roofing using recycled plastic “slates”.
Electricity from pV cells and wind turbine.
Water from borehole, rain water, and estate supply.
Cooking and water heating using woodfired Rayburn (thrown out in dash for gas and oil!)
Composting toilets and comfrey bed to deal with leachate.
Greywater utilization within polytunnel.
Garden
Circular garden constructed using redundant sleepers from our farm.
8 raised beds 20ftx4ftx20” radiate from the octagonal central raised fishpool (20ft dia) in the major compass directions( N;NE;E; etc) leaving 8 raised (12“) triangular beds between. The whole is then surrounded by an unbroken circular bed (with stepping stones) Each bed is separated by a
stone access path.
Though not yet in full production, the aim is to use the central beds for rotational crops with companion planting, and to rotate opposite beds in a clockwise direction, and to use the outside circular bed for soft fruit and semi permanent crops (asparagus,artichokes, etc.,)
There is a further garden area which seeks to grow plants designed to stimulate the senses, with scents, sounds, feel and colour, but also to encourage birds and butterflies to be observed from within and outside the houses.
The garden has both a physical and spiritual dimensions.
The shape lends itself to clock and calendar registering the rising and setting sun, equinox and mid summer/winter, and the cycle of time through the seasons, and the circularity of elements.
Symbolically it represents the spiritual midwinter festivals, Christmas, w.solstice, fire festivals, Easter/equinox, etc., with the centrality of the water and the never ending cycle of life.
Additionally our farm runs alongside a small nature reserve which is wonderful through all seasons.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
March, 2004
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
2
Number of people text: 
The main coordinators are Jeff Glyn-Jones and Carey Glyn-Jones. They can accommodate up to 60 people
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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Pudsey Land Share Enterprises (Efforts) PuLSE

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary
urban permaculture, home scale, supporting community food growing though living examples and activities involving education, food and fun
About the project

We are a small group of activists interested in local food production and sustainably living. Our land based project includes 2 urban households, with gardens and an allotment.
Household 1: Full time working couple retrofitted house, storage development, garden: growing food, building cob ovens, making soap, jam and wine, building community by growing food in a neighbours garden. Transport – bikes and car share
Household 2: 1 part time worker,a student nurse and 3 children, retrofitted house, storage development; garden growing food (salad and fruit) greenhouses, hen ducks and guinea pigs, next steps: grey water treatment, Transport - cycling and car share
Allotment- providing fruit and vegetables crops half forest garden, half annual production in raised beds with espaliered apples
Community –
Designs for :
1.School allotment
2.Community growing space in 2 local parks, forest garden to be implemented winter 2013
Activities:
1.Courses (e.g. ecological gardening, wine making and safe cycling) and meetings
2.Seed and seedling swaps
3.Linking with existing community groups and projects
4. Bee coop
5. Food order group

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 2009
Project Detailed Information
Permaculture Details: 
All 3 areas have designs created using OBREDIM and SADMINE process Main principles used: 1.Observe and interact – going through the survey process and ongoing observation of spaces and reiterating designs over time (one home and garden was first designed for in 2001) 2.Multiple function can be seen though out – e.g. greenhouse – lean to, keeping house warmer, spring growing space, winter salads, chick housing, summer dog house, gardening tool storage, water catchment 3.Each important function is supported by many elements – food is grown in gardens and on the allotment and collected from local community spaces, we buy food from local growers and producers 4.Use small and slow solutions – we have started at the back door and developed from there – first homes, then gardens, now allotments and beginning to develop work on community spaces and with community groups, this whole process is taking years. 5.Produce no waste – reducing consumption, composting (including collecting garden waste from neighbours), reusing, this is an ongoing process of learning and developing new systems We can show the use of most principles, and have done in our design work(and various slide shows) – come and see.
Project Contact Details
Contact details: 
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Plan-it Earth Eco Project

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Permaculture designed Eco Project

About the project

Offering “re-skilling” courses, resources, demonstration and inspiration for sustainable living.

Forest Garden, Green woodworking area, Blacksmithing, recycled clothes making, herbalism
Eco holidays

Developing Conscious Eco Community of people living and working together in harmony with nature’s laws.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 2008
Project Detailed Information
Permaculture Details: 
Design according to weather conditions and zones- eg Orchard placed in least windy area, coppice in furthest away area “Wet” grey and black water treatment systems Treebog toilets Compost areas Forest garden Animals for meat, pest control, wool, tractoring eg Chickens for pest control and manure Reduce, reuse, recycle policy Green transport policy
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact details: 
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Edibles (Paddock Farm)

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary
A working permaculture farm growing food for sale locally; training people to grow food and establishing an edible plant nursery.
About the project

Edibles is based at Paddock Farm in West Slaithwaite. It is a collectively managed business established by Rosie Lonnon, Pip Lane and Steve Smith and incorporated in 2010 as Limited Liability Partnership. We are creating a working permaculture farm with three main purposes - firstly to grow food year-round for sale locally; secondly to inspire and train people to grow food by running courses, having demonstration plots, activity days, guided visits, regular gardening days, providing volunteering opportunities and outreach work in schools, businesses, community organisations; thirdly to set up a nursery of edible plants for sale to individuals, schools and other organisations.

Our vision is to establish a viable business that makes a significant contribution to practical resilience building within our community by contributing a significant quantity of locally grown food, supporting more people to grow food, making available edible plants and to contributing to the skills and behaviour shifts that communities will need if they are to respond successfully to the twin challenges of climate change and peak oil.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
April, 2010
Project Detailed Information
Permaculture Details: 
The design of the whole farm (including the refurbishment of the Barn where we live) has been guided by permaculture principles and methods. Having bought the farm in 2003 we spent over a year ‘observing and interacting’ with the land and existing buildings to design our living space and immediate surroundings. The property exhibits passive solar design and good insulation. Heating/hotwater is from a bio mass boiler using scrap wood and some wood grown on site. Hot water in summer is provided by solar thermal panels. We ‘catch and store’ water around the site and drinking water comes from a local spring stored above the farm in a tank. Our energy strategy aims to reflect the ‘catch and store’ and ‘use renewable resources’ principles. We have a large vegetable garden, a small forest garden in production and 12 hens, the combination of which is increasingly providing for our vegetable and fruit needs – ‘obtaining a yield’. We have undertaken a number of formal permaculture designs – a broad concept plan for the whole site which we developed with designer Mark Fisher and two projects for Permaculture Design Courses that focussed on the vegetable / forest garden and the development of Edibles as a cooperative enterprise. In this way we have tried to work from overall patterns to the detail. We’ve reused many resources on site – timber and stone in particular and are aiming for much more of a closed loop in terms of inputs/outputs to/from the farm. We are creating large quantities of compost from on site resources, growing some of our bio mass and augmenting the chicken’s diet with home grown food. We’re experimenting with polycultures and had good results last summer. During 2011 we will start supplying our local community owned green grocer and are currently agreeing a planting plan with them. Recently we have been successful in being chosen by Making Local Food Work as one of 6 pilots nationally to develop replicable examples of a local food system. To do this we are working in partnership with The Green Valley Grocer, The Handmade Bakery and our Transition Town, MASTT. We will develop a local food brand called Coln-U-copia. The three founders have all completed the full Permaculture Design Course and will register for the diploma.
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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Wildgoose Rural Training

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary
A rural training centre for all, especially those with disabilities, incorporating permaculture principles in areas of earth and people care.
About the project

The site is approximately one and a quarter acres and has raised bed salad and vegetable production, polytunnels, compost city, foodplant hedging, orcharding using old and local fruit varieties. We grow soft fruit and keep traditional breeds of pigs (Gloucester Old Spot) We keep laying birds and table birds at Christmas. Manure is collected and composted, we also take all the green waste from the farm shop which is on the main farm site and compost this too, saving on landfill.
We grow willow for firewood and for structures and also coppice hazel in a nearby nature reserve and construct coppice craft items.
We have a variety of buildings on site including straw bale, cast straw and one with a living roof. We also have a cob oven in the shape of a Gloucester Old Spot head.
We also have a 1000 sq ft wooden cabin which is our mess room and training kitchen, where we cook food from our own produce.
Around 45 people are on the site each day as we work with five or six groups and their carers, daily. Students are drawn from local day centres, schools and special units, pupil referral units and, increasingly, adults with learning disabilities who have a personal budget.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
November, 2000
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteer can accommodate: 10 Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
Use of legumes, mulching, recycling timber and other products, use of stacking, companion planting, zoning, minimal inputs, use of local products eg coppice products, local manures and sources of organic matter, local marketing of products, nil use of artificial fertilisers, no dig principles, wormeries, companion planting.
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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Wolds Woodland Farming Project

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A Research driven, 4 acre smallholding incorporating bees, vegetables, smallscale grain growing, forest garden, hardy bamboo, and coppice.

About the project

A four acre smallholding, with annual vegetables, multi function tree planting, Forest garden (establishing now), and bees.
The project is designed to convert the land from grass to a tree based system, providing fuel, food, and bee forage, with the bee forage as the primary focus. Tree planting is designed to fulfil many functions, as are the species grown.
Features include natural bee keeping, grass management with a scythe, swales, unusual tree species, tree and shrub nursery, compost tea making, and the growing of hardy bamboo. More emphasis is being paid to research, especially small scale grain growing, and grain/vegetable polycultures.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 2007
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 12. Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
The site is designed using patterning Tree planting is carried out so that areas of trees provide shelter, food, bee forage, fuel, and building materials (Every element performs more than one function). Gaps have been left between tree blocks to maximise Edges The planting incorporates zoning. Planting incorporates species on which I have seen honeybees feeding (Observe and Interact). Trees have been planted densely so that they shade out grass quickly, and are mulched with grass mown with a scythe (Use and Value Renewable Resources).
Online links
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
18 January 2012
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Oak Tree Farm

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A long established organic based small holding with the aim of providing a self reliant sustainable life style.

About the project

Oak Tree Farm is a permaculture small holding (15 acres). It is a livestock system based around chickens and goats. The aim is to provide year round food for the family with a sustainable future. The farm has its own spring fed water supply, compost toilet, polytunnel, raised bed veg garden, forest garden and agro forestry area.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 1985
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 8-10. Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
Goats on the fields supply us with milk, the manure is used in the compost bins which is then applied to the veg garden. Similarly with the chickens. Water conservation.
Project Contact Details
Telephone number: 
01929 462023
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
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Forest Farm Peace Garden.

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Enhancing the health and wellbeing of the local community through forest gardening, food growing, bee-keeping, composting, crafts and more.

About the project

FFPG is a community project working to regenerate an abandoned allotment site in Hainault, North East London. The regeneration involves the creation of an abundant community garden, growing a wide range of fruits, vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs. There are raised beds, forest gardens, orchards, wildflower meadows, wildlife ponds, living structures and conservation areas. There is also a thriving apiary, a functioning wind-turbine, a compost toilet system, a community compost scheme, polytunnels, individual allotments, a bodging site and a classroom/kitchen.
As regeneration work continues so the project is slowly bringing together many opportunities for people to learn and share new skills. We run workshops and classes on a variety of themes and hold open days to promote the work we do, with community cohesion and the creation of a supportive and therapeutic environment underpinning and enhancing the activities of the garden.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
September, 2003
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
Firstly the core ethics of Permaculture are written into the constitution of our organisation and influence all of our strategic planning and policy decisions. From the very beginning of the project we have designed our own design process to best adapt to the needs and requirements of every given situation. A cyclical and ongoing process of design ensures that proper observation, evaluation, and monitoring is carried out as the project progresses. With regards to the garden itself great emphasis has been given to the principles at the heart of Permaculture design, for instance using edge effects to maximise yields in the forest garden, ensuring that all elements in the design are multi-functional and efficient in their use of resources, encouraging greater diversity etc.
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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Rifleman Cottage

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Rifleman Cottage is a 6 acre small holding operating to permaculture principles. We aim to be as self sufficient and sustainable as possible.

About the project

Rifleman Cottage is a pair of old farm workers cottages with six acres of bramley orchard behind it , close to the market town of Faversham in Kent. We have developed permaculture principles over a period of time and have invested in solar panels, solar voltaic panels, wood burning stoves, WET system to grey water storage and a few more.
we aim to grow as much fruit and vegetables as we can and sell some of the surplus during the summer. We keep pigs and chickens and are looking to start sheep in the future.
We offer bed and breakfast facilities and offer evening meals if required. Most of the food is organic and all sourced locally. We have been able to provide all the food from the garden during the summer months for this.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 1990
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
We have used Zones as much as possible. We have made 15 raised beds and have other growing area. Our recent building of the WET system will help us to store waste water for re use during dry periods. We heat the house with logs using the two log burners. We have introduced other methods of reducing our carbon foot print in the house.
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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