Applewood Permaculture Centre

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
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Summary

Our vision is to create a centre for demonstration and learning that promotes regenerative of lifestyles, livelihoods and landscapes.

About the project

We have a 20 acre smallholding which includes many varied habitats and is a wildlife haven. We are setting up a demonstration and training centre. Looby Macnamara and Chris Evans are both partners in Designed Visions, and have been teaching permaculture and teacher training courses for many years.

The aims of the project are -
A. EDUCATION
B. FOOD PRODUCTION
C. INCREASING OUR OWN SUSTAINABILITY
D. DEMONSTRATION
E. RESOURCE PRODUCTION
F. ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING WOODLAND AND NATIVE HEDGEROWS AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
G. RESEARCH
H. NETWORKING

Project Dates
Project start date: 
July, 2016
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
4
Number of people text: 
We are a family run 20 acre smallholding.
About area of activity: 
We run many different types of permaculture courses. Looby's specialities include people permaculture, cultural emergence, empowering women, teacher training. Chris' specialities include forest gardening, international development work in particular with the Himalayan Permaculture Centre.
Permaculture Details: 
Both Looby and Chris are diploma tutors.
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Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Chris Evans and Looby Macnamara
Telephone number: 
01584 831195
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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
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International Networking Organisation: 
0
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13 January 2012
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Oak House Permaculture Project

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Oak House is in the early stages, but is reclaiming degraded and compacted soil using a range of permaculture techniques. Improved areas are being converted into a productive annual/perennial vegetable garden, forest garden, coppice and multifunctional recreational areas.

About the project

We're converting a concrete covered farmyard into a permaculture garden.

We've been working at improving some very poor and compacted soil across the site (from beneath the concrete), using carefully selected green manures and self seeded native plants, along with rolling compost heaps on the worst areas. Our efforts are being focused on what is to become our forest garden area. This will include fruit trees, fruit bushes and medicinal and edible plants and shrubs.

We created organic veggie beds (both annual and perennial), run on a no-dig system. We have installed a well in the middle of the vegetable garden, topped up by rainwater from our roof, which means all our watering needs can be met with on site water.

We garden with wildlife in mind and are creating wildlife corridors across the site using native hedging. We have begun planting out a coppice/wildlife zonel, which will provide a haven for wildlife during most of the year, and in winter time will be partially cut back each year to provide us with poles and wood products to use around the garden or on the fire.

In recreational areas of the garden, flower beds and borders are planted mainly with a mixture of native plants and forage plants. The aim is to create beautiful, family friendly spaces that are also beneficial for both wildlife and our dinner plates! Lawn areas are planted with a mixture of grasses, along with clover, yarrow, birdsfoot trefoil and other low growing flowering plants, providing habitat and forage for bees and butterflies as well as providing play space for the kids.

Future plans include chickens, ponds, many more trees, shrubs and useful plants, a sauna, earth oven and space for campers and volunteers to enjoy coming to visit.

My blog is kept relatively updated on where things have got to, so take a look if you'd like more info. Or get in touch!

Project Contact Details
Telephone number: 
07970 563 107
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0
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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
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0
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Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Frodesley Forest Garden

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

The aims of this project are to demonstrate a sustainable system of local food production, through the creation of a self supporting ecosystem requiring low maintenance, whilst producing high quality products.

About the project

The aims of this project are to demonstrate a sustainable system of local food production, through the creation of a self supporting ecosystem requiring low maintenance, whilst producing high quality products.

Forest Gardens work with the land and not against, it they produce a wide range of products, are aesthetically beautiful and biologically sustainable.

This project is in the first year of planting and the emphasis for this year is the acquisition of shrubs and bushes and the propagation of stock for planting next year.

Project Contact Details
Telephone number: 
07413569529
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0
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13 January 2012
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The Attwood Project

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Permaculture small holding producing food and fuel, encouraging involvement of others by co-operative land use, sharing produce and knowledge.

About the project

Hobro Lodge is a permaculture house and smallholding of 6 acres in total. Over the years the old house – part was built in the 1600's – has been retrofit and redesigned to try to minimise on heat loss. This has been achieved by adding conservatories, double glazing and improving insulation. 10 years ago solar water heating was added and photovoltaics were fitted to the conservatory roof in 2011. This was good from a permaculture perspective in a number of ways – it shaded a too hot conservatory, it capitalised on the southern aspect and it provided extra insulation in the winter. In addition we can no produce some of our own electricity and receive a feed in tariff for the next 25 years to offset costs. Investigations are now underway for biomass heating to replace the old oil system inherited with the house.
The conservatories are of course unheated and are used only when the natural temperature is ambient. In the winter this means they act as a log store and incubation and brooding room for chicks.
Having been here for 15 years a number of different ways of doing things have been tried. Initially no food could be grown because the rabbit population was so high they would even eat holly leaves! However employment of a lurcher, a couple of cats and a Jack Russel terrier pushed the rabbits up the field so we can now grow veg and fruit. The land is poor so we need quite a lot of animal manure (and well rotted human from the composting loo) to enable us to grow very much, but we have persevered and now produce potatoes, artichokes, onions, spinach, salads, carrots, parsnips, herbs, plums, apples, raspberries, black, red and white currants, chestnuts among other things.

Project Detailed Information
Permaculture Details: 
The key words here are sustainability and smart working – meaning try not to kill yourself for your principles but make your principles work for you. Permaculture is all about smart design and working with systems not against them. For several years volunteers and more recently special need students (behaviour) have been involved in Hobro Lodge – it has grown organically and is now moving into a new and exciting phase. Permaculture ideas permeate the plot for example, the use of the pigs to protect poultry from predators has proved quite successful so far but is still in the research stage. Dexter cattle are kept on poor land and under the trees planted for timber for the wood-burner. Once a year a steer is sent off to provide beef and the pigs go off on a more regular basis. The pigs keep areas of land tidy that have gone beyond all human control! Tamara the Tamworth sow is particularly good at this. Bees are kept to increase plant fertility and provide honey and associated products. Geese and ducks keep the grounds nearer the house tidy and provide eggs and meat. Volunteers come and participate in work required and learn about bee-keeping, animal husbandry and other permaculture principles employed here as well as sharing in the produce.
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Project Contact Details
Telephone number: 
07806301328
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0
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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
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Member Project known date: 
18 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

Welcome to Borderwood Farm and the CountrySOLE Project
Country S-Sustainable O-organic L-living E-Experience

We farmed at Newhouse Farm, Almeley for 36 years but when we tragically lost our lovely organic herd of pedigree Friesians to a TB outbreak in 2003 we channelled our sorrow and our energy into creating the CountrySOLE Project.
The houses are built of Finnish pine, hand treated with borax, insulated with sheep’s wool, roofed with recycled plastic tiles and powered by solar panels (the wind turbine is no longer working). Our water is captured from the roofs, filtered and stored in tanks, and supported when necessary by a borehole supply. The grey water is pumped through the raised bed in the polytunnel then collected for the garden or drip fed through the trees. We have state of the art composting toilets that have been working very successfully for over 15 years
From a life-changing experience helping with a permaculture project in South Africa, the circular kitchen garden is designed with the hours of the day, the seasons of the year and the festivals of ancient peoples in mind. We were fortunate to be able to reuse materials from the farm in it’s construction and in everything, we have tried to repurpose or recycle. The essence of sustainability is to think in circles, to replicate the cycles of life, to be responsible for what we use – and to leave only our footprints.
The Kitchen Garden The vegetables are grown in rotation moving clockwise around the site, this varies the requirements from the soil and helps to reduce the carry over of pests and diseases. The fish pond in the middle is home to the few carp that the heron has left us and is a resource for watering the garden. The perimeter bed provides a wide range of soft fruit, some more successful than others. Dessert and cooking apples, pears, damsons and crabapples grow in the orchard beyond. Many of the crops are started in the greenhouse or polytunnel to give them a fighting chance against the array of pests that are out there waiting for them! We try not to buy fruit or veg, and with our own eggs and meat aim towards maximum self sufficiency
Trees Before we started building in 2004, we started planting trees – to compensate for the timber used, to provide firewood in the future, to establish habitat and to enhance all our boundaries. We have nearly reached 1000 trees!
The Flower Garden Having always ‘inherited’ gardens, a raft of bare soil was more challenging than I imagined! But there is some significance to it’s layout.
The lawn is roughly in the shape of a hand to acknowledge the help we had from the Hands Around The World volunteers. The Mulberry tree in the middle is for our grandchildren (Here we go round the Mulberry bush)and there are 2 sensory beds, one prickly and tall and one low and smooth; there is also a tribute to our time in South Africa.
We hope you will visit the CountrySOLE Project and look forward to an exchange of knowledge.

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 20 people
Areas of Activity: 
Permaculture ethics, principles, design
Earth Care
Design Principles
Built Environment
Energy conservation and efficiency
Passive Solar
Low impact development
Water in the home and garden
Spirit of Place
Passing on knowledge
Preserving and storing food
Cycle of life
Spirituality
Land & Nature Stewardship
Composting
Linking farmers and consumers
Farm and garden structures
Gardening techniques
Nature conservation and management
Plants
Trees, woodland, forestry
Soil
UK habitats
Appropriate technology
Domestic energy systems
Recycling and waste processing
Reducing consumption
Solar power
Photovoltaics
Reuse & recycling
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Jeff GlynJones
Telephone number: 
07799 640997
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
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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
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Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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Station Road Permaculture Garden

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A small ex council house garden 80ft x 40ft that had been developed as a PC garden, showing what can be done on an ordinary domestic scale.

About the project

Using PC principles we grow 30 types of fruit and about 20 types of vegetables, have 5 hens, 2 ducks, a micro orchard, harvest rainwater via 7 butts, 3 compost bins etc Have used a wide range of recycled and salvaged materials to built the garden

Project Dates
Project start date: 
December, 2001
Project Detailed Information
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 12.
Permaculture Details: 
Raised beds, forest gardening, on site compost making, on site water harvesting, orcharding, poultry.
Project Contact Details
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
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0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
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