Tin Bath House

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

A one acre domestic plot with food growing and wildflower meadow, on a steep Cotswold slope.

About the project

A one acre domestic plot, showing food growing and wildlife care. A vegetable garden with no-dig raised beds on very poor stony soil. Soil building techiniques including composting, green manures and dynamic accumulators - all the fertility needed for growing food is harvested on site. A forest garden, with many different plants e.g. cobnuts, ugni, gogi, asian pear, cornelian cherry, elder, currants and herbs. A large original wildflower meadow which is undisturbed Cotswold limestone grassland, a relic habitat, now scarce. All managed for wildlife, which features native orchids, butterflies in abundance, rare crickets, rare bats, badgers, grass snakes, flowers and plants of the local flora. Among this you will see things we have added - an edible hedgerow, willow for basket making, trees for coppicing and fuel. All these elements are looked after and managed as an integrated Permaculture system. Set on a steep Cotswold slope with stunning views - these are many steps on the site.

Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Helen Pitel
Telephone number: 
07795 404362
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
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0
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Charwood Farm

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Charwood Farm is a proposed Agroforestry Enterprise sited on three acres of former pastureland. Our primary activity is carbon capture.

About the project

We aim to grow a variety of produce on a commercial basis whilst providing environmental, economic, social and educational benefits to the local and wider communities. Our plants are grown in Char-compost, derived from waste streams and produced on-site, housed in a controlled environment and irrigated by an aquaponic system. Around this core to our enterprise is a diverse edge ranging from natural bee-keeping and willow work to a frog nursery. UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 2016: So far we have encountered a number of obstacles, including red tape and a destructive north-easterly, all of which have drained our resources for now. In an effort to be creatiive around our current limitations we are concentrating on Zone 00. We have started a social enterprise, Creative Contemplations, offering a mixture of regular free mindful crafting meetings as well as low-cost immersive weekends, which are held in Youth Hostel Association venues. These are designed to instill a practice of using craft as an accessible form of meditation. When we are back on the land, mindful crafting will be an integral element of the Charwood Farm system.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 2013
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Karen
Telephone number: 
07546 412426
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
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0
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Newquay Community Orchard

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Newquay Community Orchard is a multifunctional community space designed to improve people’s perception on the environment whilst providing education; mental health therapy and food security.

About the project

The orchard is set in 7 acres of land in the heart of Newquay. The site is currently under construction with the help of volunteers and since January 2015 we have planted over 500 woodland trees and heritage Cornish fruit trees. We also have a community growing space with multiple beds where we have planted a variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs. The site uses forest gardening techniques and principles and organic growing methods. Site plans also include two amphitheaters for events and a community building and cafe using sustainable building methods.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 2015
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Natalie Frost
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
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0
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Seize Garden Westward Ho! Devon

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

The project was set up by Seize the Moment working with young people aged 13-18 following a Police Crimebeat award in 2010.

Seize garden is in a public park which has 4 tennis courts, a crazy golf area and children's rides and is open 24/7. There is a public right of way which leads to the local village centre.

The Happy cafe is a registered food business converted by the young people for use as a work experience venue training young chefs to use locally sourced food and to cook healthy meals on a budget.
The group have expanded the project to include a community Permaculture garden funded by North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The garden consists of a forest garden, raised beds, a rain water harvest system, a sensory garden and a willow dome.
Our food waste and green waste is converted on site.
To the rear of the building we have a garden room and a bicycle workshop.

About the project

Open Wednesdays Thursday Fridays Saturdays 10-2

LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
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0
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Foxfield House and Garden

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A family home retrofitted with sustainable energy,chicken and duck forage garden, homebuilt greenhouse with grey-water thermal store,small scale reed bed, large self seeding vegetable polyculture, compost toilet, willow and hazel coppicing for basketry and fuel, and latest trampoline solar hot tub!

About the project

Since we moved in 2004, we have been developing a 1970s house, garden and small paddock (totalling nearly 1 acre) into a permaculture site for sustainable food and fuel production, which formed the basis for my diploma in Applied Permaculture Design completed in 2013. We have made a greenhouse out of our old windows, use the heat from our shower water to keep it frost free and recycle the water through a homemade reed bed. We keep chickens and ducks in a developing forest forage garden integrated with small scale willow coppicing and grow our own vegetables in a no-dig self seeding polyculture. We make our own cider as part of a community cider circle, cook and heat water with a woodburning range cooker integrated with solar thermal and have more than halved our house C02 production. We capture rainwater from all roofs and can store up to 3000 litres and our latest project is a trampoline recycled into a solar hot tub come rainwater store!

Project Dates
Project start date: 
May, 2004
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Alison Ensor
Telephone number: 
01242 621152
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
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0
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Wishtree

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Wishtree is near Black Torrington in North Devon. We are an off grid, 5 acre food forest project, consisting of culm grassland and a a natural woodland system consisting of a variety of deciduous trees. Our goal is to transform this young woodland into a resilient, abundant, and beautiful ecosystem demonstrating various ways to use forest gardening in small scale growing systems.
Wishtree is home to North Devon Permaculture CIC, a social enterprise

About the project

Wishtree is a residential home and permaculture business. We welcome pre booked visits.

Current systems that we have on site are an emergent food forest and other growing beds demonstrating small scale food forestry. A polytunnel and microfarm. We are working on building a treebog but currently have another small compost toilet. We are in the process of creating a teaching space and putting in a clay oven. We welcome volunteers who are interested in learning about Permaculture and resilient living. We have also planted up a small orchard.

We have gradually worked the land to replace the rush with grass, which is easier to manage and will be eventually replaced with full growing systems.

We are part of the local social prescription as part of supporting people with mental illness.

The project is based in a rural location in Devon among a farming community between Hatherleigh and Holsworthy. We offering camping as part of our social enterprise as well as live on and work with the land. For more information please visit our website northdevonpermaculture.com

Project Dates
Project start date: 
August, 2011
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
2
Number of people text: 
There are five directors of this project.
Areas of Activity: 
Credit unions
About area of activity: 
We are an offgrid project, using one 150 watt solar panel. We use rain water catchment and have a seasonal stream which we intend to harvest water from. We occasionally use mainswater from local residents as our redundancy. Our main activity is growing perennial vegetables and fruit n a food forest based system, using the no dig method. We utilise organic material from onsite to mulch our growing beds. We collect cardboard from local residents to use for sheet mulching. We mainly use hand tools and scythe rather than mow, However we like what Ben Falk has to say about using fossil fuels, "use it it or lose it" and do so when occasionally using a chainsaw and petrol mower. As there are only two of us running the land and business we take care to use this appropriate technology and are aware of how much we use them. Another permaculture designer's methods we follow is Geoff Lawton. We are Mollisonians, liking the idealogy that Bill Mollison brought to permaculture. We also have a deep spiritual connection to Wishtree, regularly walking the land and connecting with her, learning the lessons she is teaching us.
Permaculture Details: 
There are various principles and techniques we use on site. For example we believe in valuing the marginal, the edge by creating lots of hedging around the area. This helps to create wildlife corridors and provides us with fuel and food to forage as well as food for wildlife. We value all the ethics especially the third as we are aware of our usage. We gather wind blown sticks for fuel for our woodburner and kelly kettle. Use and value renewable resources - we use the thinned out trees and stick wood as fuel for our woodburner and to help with creating harder standing for our pathways as they are muddy. We under pin what we do using the prime directive and three ethics and the nine forms of capital. People care, the second ethic, is important to us so when designing any of our elements and systems we look at how they will benefit people, creating a space for meditation, enjoyment and general wellbeing. "Produce no waste" is echoed in the things we do. Our greenhouses were donated to us as was one of our sheds. We use reclaimed wood and wood cut from the trees on site for our treebog, we also use humanure, collecting our own waste and composting it to use later on. Across the site there are various ways we can show how we are using the principles and ethics. We use small and slow solutions when doing any main tree or hedge laying management, using the natural woodland as part of the additional design rather than removing it.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Iain and Wenderlynn Bagnall
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
1
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0
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0

Blackberry Meadow

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Project Dates
Project start date: 
March, 2013
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
2
Areas of Activity: 
Water in the home and garden
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Sallie Parsons
Telephone number: 
07990753682
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Data transfer from previous site
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0
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1

Gear Downs Farm

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

20 acre Permaculture project interwoven with 20 acres of Nature Reserve.

About the project

A group of projects cooperating in the development of a Permaculture project and maintainance of a Nature Reserve. Current members interests include Forest Gardening, Counselling for environmental activists, outdoor education/forest school, horticulture, agroforestry,

Project Dates
Project start date: 
April, 2001
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
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0
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Willis Lane Sustainability Centre

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A community run project on 2 acres, hosting events, workshops and courses, providing access to land for local people, and managing the land with Sustainability in mind.

About the project

The project is based on a two acre plot, with developing annual / poly-culture / forest gardens / wild-flower meadow, chickens, ponds, compost toilets, poly-tunnel, and large kitchen / workshop / office space.
The project is off-grid, is developing solar/wind power, water catchment and filtering, and practices extensive use of locally sourced, foraged and recycled resources.
The site also provides a venue for regular volunteer/maintenance days, craft-based skill-sharing events and educational courses and workshops.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
April, 2014
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Larf
Telephone number: 
07947 767726 (txt only)
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
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0
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0

Sims Hill Shared Harvest

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Sims Hill Shared Harvest is a community supported agriculture scheme (CSA). We use natural growing methods and permaculture principles to produce high quality fruit and veg for the people of Bristol.

About the project

Sims Hill Shared Harvest is structured as a member-owned cooperative business. We want to offer opportunities for education, work and recreation, support people who are socially or economically marginalised, and build community by creating a relationship between food and its production. We are located in Frenchay in the heart of Bristol's former market gardening area, which is part of Bristol's "blue finger" of Grade 1 agricultural land.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
October, 2010
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Kristin Sponsler
Telephone number: 
01173179176
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Data transfer from previous site
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0
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