Trevecca Home Garden

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A home garden Permaculture design

About the project

Front and back garden and allotment in ongoing implementation of Permaculture design. Design features include rainwater harvesting for toilet, no-dig raised beds, mini-forest garden, cob pizza oven, various compost bins, heaps and wormeries, green roof.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
August, 2002
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: groups of 10 people. Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
A Permaculture design was done for the site in 2006. Food plants and fruit trees & shrubs have been incorporated in the gardens and allotment is used to grow food.
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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Monkton Wyld Court

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

We are a community that is striving towards becoming a centre for sustainability.

About the project

We are a community that is striving towards becoming a centre for sustainability; we grow vegetables, have a forest garden, we run courses. We are situated in 11 acres of land, some of it will be grazed on, some we have planted a coppice area. We also have a reed bed sewerage system. We are an educational charity.

Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 40. Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
We use permaculture techniques such as rain water harvesting, raised bed systems, companion planting, living mulches, but or 1 acre walled garden is not specifically a permaculture garden.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact details: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
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Apricot Centre CIC

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

The Apricot Centre is a 34 Acre farm growing a wide range of Bio dynamic and Organic Produce. We also run, from site a Well Being and Therapeutic Service and alternative education programme, school visits and Social Forestry/Nature Connection sessions. We have a full training programme, trainee scheme and a successful design consultancy

About the project

The Apricot Centre is a social enterprise (CIC). We produce high quality food on our 34 Acre farm at Huxham's Cross in Dartington South Devon, growing a wide range of Biodynamic and Organic produce including vegetables, fruit, jams, chutneys, juices and flours. Huxham's Cross Farm is also the home and therapeutic space for the The Apricot Centre Well being Service providing therapeutic support for families and children in both East Anglia and in Devon, using the farm and nature as a co-therapist. Where the two activities overlap we offer a rich experience on the farm for children and their families, providing mentoring for young people with specific needs such as special education, behaviour or mental health needs. We also provide school visits, children and adult workshops in traditional rural crafts and skills, training courses that cover land and person Permaculture Design, Biodynamics and many other courses. We have a very successful Permaculture Consultancy service on the farm and have helped design and support a wide range of businesses and can often be found at festivals across the country spreading the word of setting up Permaculture Projects. We have also designed a number of school gardens working alongside children, staff and parents in creating and implementing a garden that is specific to the schools needs and to help support their curriculum.

We run a number of volunteer days and community events including Open Farm Sunday, plant sales and in the future art exhibitions, treeplanting events and apple pressing.

The aim of the Apricot Centre is to create and run a sustainable diverse farm, well being service and business. It recognises that there is a fundamental link between the well being of the soil, food and habitat and the mental and physical health of the people in and around the farm, making for a wonderful environment for a warm and effective mental health/ well being service for children and families. The Apricot centre is a small (CIC) company that cares for the environment and for people.

Our Ethos & Underlying Principles

Value diversity at all levels of the business
Follow the feedback of the system allowing it to evolve ('Feedback leads the way')
The 'edge' of a system is where it is exciting, creative, and where potential lies.
Where there is a disturbance there is wisdom within the disturbance. This allows us to creatively work with change.
The Aim of the Apricot Centre is to create and run a sustainable diverse farm, well being service and business. It recognises that there is a fundamental link between the well being of the soil, food and habitat and the mental and physical health of the people in and around the farm, making for a wonderful environment for a warm and effective mental health/ well being service for children and families.

Our Objectives are:

To produce Local Sustainable Food
To create sustainable bio diverse farms that support wildlife
To provide for and support the mental well being of families and children that visit the farm for therapy, education or recreational purposes.
To provide training courses and consultation on how to do this.
To create an economically resilient business
To support the well being and professional development of its staff and team.
To collect data and research on the effectiveness of these models
Although this might seem to be an unusual mixture what we have found the underlying principles inform our work both with people and the environment.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
September, 2015
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
15
Areas of Activity: 
Permaculture ethics, principles, design
Culture & Education
Sustainable livelihoods
Health & Wellbeing
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Marina O'Connell
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Tatnam Organic Patch

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A community garden run by volunteers following strict organic principles, providing food, learning opportunity and a burgeoning wildlife population.

About the project

TOP comprises 1/2 acre of disused local authority allotment land reclaimed eleven years ago to be used as a community garden. It has a variety of micro-climates including forest & forest edge, 2 streams, raised beds, ponds & a large greenhouse. The site runs North to South and is triangular with an annexed wood across the stream. The site is bordered by a church car park and a public allotment site. TOP is self-sufficient in funds and uses materials that are rescued or recycled from the local area. As well as growing food & supporting wildlife there are the social aspects of work, conviviality & seasonal celebrations.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
September, 1998
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 20. Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
Observe & Interact – maximised orientation, natural composting and mulching, utilising forest edge, natural security methods, natural fertility methods. Catch & Store Energy – on site composting, water retention and storage, coppicing and charcoal possibilities, many trees and shrubs, seed saving. Obtain a yield – Harvesting produce, catching rainfall, social gatherings, bird droppings! Apply self regulation etc – Ongoing rotation records, harvesting rules, pest records, wildlife logs and food plants. Use & value renewable resources and services – Biological pest control, comfrey tea, composting, perennial foods, recycling local waste materials. Produce no waste – Composting greens and wood, cycling water. Design from patterns to details – Forest edge, wildlife pond, zones 0 to 5. Integrate not segregate – Volunteers of all ages, multiple function and elements, bee hives. Use small & slow solutions – Coppice plants, canopy trees, community socials. Use & Value Diversity – Site divided between food and wildlife plants, bee hive, companion planting, perennial and annual crops. Use edges & value the marginal – Woodland edge, large pond, raised pond, stacked beds, transition meetings, growing in time & space. Use change constructively – Planning for forest garden expansion, adjustment for growing membership In terms of permaculture methods the project has taken a greater interest in closed energy cycles and open communal involvement. The site has identifiable zones that are appropriately placed and treated accordingly. There are several ongoing permaculture designs for different areas of the site a compost loo, edible perennial areas and a sheltered structure.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Gary Finch
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Landmatters

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Landmatters is a rural Permaculture Project working within Devon to promote landbased communal living.

About the project

The land is comprised of approximately 42 acres of which 17 acres are semi-natural ancient woodland, 22 acres are pasture and the remainder is naturally regenerating scrub and hedgerows. There is a stream along the most north-westerly boundary.

The co-operative’s members have a diverse range of backgrounds and skills such as sustainable land use, organic horticulture, woodland management and wood crafts, ecology of biodiversity, conservation, arts, education, group facilitation and working within co-operative structures. Most are trained in Permaculture design.

The residents have the intention to create a thriving low impact community, a place where we can explore ways of living gently on the earth and inspire others to do the same. We feel this is an appropriate thing to do in order to take personal responsibility for climate change and the current environmental crisis. We also wish to live like this out of a sense of responsibility to future generations.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
May, 2003
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 30 - 40 maximum. Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
Observe and interact; 1 years observation of land before any changes made. Catch and store energy; wind generators, solar panels, food and fuel growing. Obtain a yield; fruit, veg, herbs, medicine gathered and/or grown on site. Use and value renewable resources and services; sheep and goats for grazing, solar hot water heaters, hay for mulch, wood for fuel. Produce no waste; compost toilets, compost food and garden waste. Design from pattern to details; broad-scale first then smaller areas. Integrate rather than segregate; office, kitchen, meeting space one structure and many more.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Telephone number: 
01803 712718
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Ourganics Evolving Systems

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A PC demo lifestyle and debt free self sustaining business.

About the project

Ourganics is a PC demo lifestyle and debt free self sustaining business. The project and my life revolve around the three ethics people care, earth care, fair share. I've built a timber 'shed' to live in. I'm off the grid for water and electricity – wind and sun give us all the energy we need. I have a compost toilet, reed bed system and solar hot water in the Summer. I'm a venue for PC courses and grow produce to sell to the local community.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
June, 1999
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 15 - 30.
Permaculture Details: 
Large and different examples of raised/no dig till systems – extremely diverse ecosystems – multiple functions wherever possible - use of waste i.e. compost loos etc.
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Patricia Bowcock
Telephone number: 
01308 482455
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Ragmans Lane Farm

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Ragmans is a 60-acre organic farm incorporating permaculture principles. We run and host course on sustainable living, and produce apple juice and mushroom logs.

About the project

Ragmans has been operating since 1990 as a place where permaculture ideas are experimented with. Over the years many diverse activities have taken place at Ragmans, it is responsive the new ideas and new people. Currently the farm has 3 core areas of work: apple juice, mushroom logs and teaching. We have 1000 apple trees and make about 15,000 bottles of juice a year. We have taught over 1700 people on courses since 1991.

The farm has permaculture design features built in to the infrastructure, e.g. water harvesting and storage, low impact buildings, solar and biomass heating systems, comfrey production. We can provide permaculture examples for broadscale farmers and urban contexts.

The farm aims to support productive and sustainable land use and is hosting The Willow Bank and the Market Garden. Two independent micro businesses based at the farm. Working together to provide employment and to use the land as well.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 1990
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 25. Group visit scheme: yes.
Permaculture Details: 
Around the farm buildings there are examples of perennial veg and fruit beds. The community led veg box scheme (CSA) incorporates organic horticulture, contour beds, gravity fed irrigation from water collected and stored in a pond, and is line with Transition models of local food production.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Telephone number: 
01594 860244
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Keveral Farm

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Keveral Farm is a community of 10 people, which formed in 1973.
We are an organic farm of 30 acres.
We are in south-east Cornwall, near Looe.

About the project

We hold a Permaculture Design Course every July. (Our first was in 1994).
We take volunteers.
We have a small campsite.
We are 4 miles from Looe, 15 minutes walk from the coast at Seaton.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
July, 1994
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: groups of 30 depending on season.
Permaculture Details: 
Connections & webs - Housing Co-op links to farm based enterprises and the production of food by co-p members. These link together in an informal web of mutual support providing labour and inputs from one to another supporting a micro economy within the farm. This links in turn to the wider local community by a number of business partnerships, through sales of produce and through the involvement of other local people and growers contributing to the activities on site and utilising the resources. The interconnected nature of this has provided resilience to the overall project when members come and go. Despite cycles of success and failure on different levels this has empowered individuals, over time, to take self responsibility for their activities within an overall framework and maintained democratic management. Other webs cycle nutrients around the site and provide raw materials for onsite processes. Growing techniques – Members have their own plots, some managed for commercial production, and others not, leading to a variety of different growing styles and attitudes. We are registered organic with The Soil Association. Appropriate resource use – We no longer have a tractor. Food production is small scale, by rotorvator and hand tools. Woodland management is also small scale, mainly for firewood for ourselves. We have spring water that is pumped 300m in distance and 30m in height by a hydraulic ram pump, using water pressure alone (no fuel). There are some compost toilets. Exploiting niches - Specific niches have been exploited; for example mushrooms and micro salads being produced in various places where few other crops could be produced, such as crumbling buildings and spare sections of the propagation system at different times/seasons. Imaginative marketing of wild plants within salads etc utilised to increase yields and minimise inputs. Edible flowers have been successfully marketed. Hedgerows are managed and yields taken from them (wild foods, weaving materials, etc). Zone & Sector - The site falls readily into zones with the most intensive production concentrated towards the farm buildings. Growing plots are located in sectors of the site that balance greatest shelter from prevailing winds with aspects that allow maximised sunlight (S & SE facing). Windbreaks have been established to facilitate this. Woodland covers about half the land, mainly on steeper, more exposed and north facing slopes. Cycling - Resources on site are cycled through a variety of enterprises with the by products being utilise elsewhere. Woodlands support mushroom, fruit and timber production. By-products from these provide nutrients to other growing and build organic content in soils. Timber products are utilised by crafts people on site. Small scale poultry production utilises food/farm wastes and assist in IPM. Waste vegetable oil is recycled to power some farm vehicles. The original design allowed for 2/3 of the site to be providing the nutrition to be composted and applied to the growing plots. This has only been a partial success with hay from site exchanged with a neighbour in return for FYM proving an easier option for most growers. Scale and design of onsite composting could and needs to be improved. Additional yields - The resources are shared by recreational and educational visitors who also provide markets for site produce, increasing overall yield from the site. Visitors participate in both formal and informal information exchange with the community, creating inspiration and providing critical feedback.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Oak Johnson
Telephone number: 
07772155967
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
Location verified: 
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