Karuna is a unique Inspirational educational project. Demonstrating how we can all benefit from supporting nature through the application of diversity.
Diversity is our safety net! Our approach is that it is better to work with nature than against it.
It must be said that we have immersed ourselves into a Permaculture way of life intrinsically. It is a way of life for us that we totally believe in and are committed to.
We can observe, grow and strengthen ourselves through it. There is an emphasis on education, celebration, contemplation, simplicity, creativity, sharing and supporting life Here/Now through positive activity and change.
This is not philosophy but practice, direct experience from the application of agro-forestry and Permaculture techniques both familiar and experimental.
In four years Karuna has completely changed from being merely overgrazed fields to an example of how quickly nature can support us in alternative, diverse ways.
It is a truly sustainable model offering visitors and participants the opportunity to really experience for themselves a sense of place and holistically recognise how we can apply solutions to the environmental problems in our world today.
The Transformation of Karuna started by establishing unusually diverse woodlands in 2006.
To date 7,000 trees have been planted, creating micro climates, wind barriers, enhancing the visual beauty of the area and supporting Shropshire’s dwindling wildlife by creating a nature reserve.
There is an emphasis on growing food from Trees. 300 fruit trees have been planted throughout the site, some orchards others mixed in around the woodlands perimeters others amid the forest garden structures that are under development. Additional fruit trees will be planted each year. There is an apple tree nursery with hundreds of fruit trees ready to plant around the site.
A horticultural area with large mother herb garden and perennials sits at the centre of the project. The project aims to sell surplus organic food products in the near future at the local farmers market.
Educational courses include forest gardening, Permaculture introduction, Low impact living, Scything, Basket making. As well as interested adult group visits (plant, tree and wildlife enthusiasts), we also receive groups of school children who come to experience the practical side of food growing and foraging for wild foods that abound in the ancient hedgerows.
Celebration takes place in the form of Dancing and acoustic music as well as apple day where we make juice and cider.
A large water holding (Basho’s pond) has been created at the site. This supports the development of micro climates and enhances biodiversity. Close by the ducks house is located amid an orchard where the ducks have easy access to the waters edge and daily attend to pest control around the base of the fruit and nut trees.
A good example of a pole barn was built in 2007 for hey and straw as well as fruit and vegetable storage.
Our energy, all generated on site comes from wind and sun. We recycle rainwater as much as possible and recycle our own waste through compost loos which we later use as a fertiliser at the base of the productive fruit/nut trees.
We wish to continue developing the site and remain open to the ideas of others for ways in which we can achieve this in the best possible way.