The Orange Tree Land Learning Project

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

The Orange Tree is a relaxation centre in North Yorkshire. We are in the process of developing as a LAND centre.
We are inspired to run courses (and try to live in such a way ourselves) that embrace the return to living as our true nature (through the practice of yoga/ meditation) and living sustainably on our planet (through the practice of Permaculture and Biodynamics). We try to present these ideas in such a way to make it as accessible to as many people as possible.

About the project

We are in the process of purchasing the property next door to us and some land adjacent to the site. The land will be developed using both Permaculture and Biodynamic methods. The food that we grow we will be able to serve to the guests who stay with us at the centre- and for ourselves. The chapel will be developed for self catered accommodation, a larger yoga studio and will also serve as an ideal venue for us to run Permaculture design/ Biodynamic courses in the future. The project will be a place where people can come and visit/ stay/ volunteer and learn about Permaculture/ Biodynamics/ Yoga/ Meditaion.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 2011
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Edward Harpin
Telephone number: 
01751 417219
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
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Member Project: 
0
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Incredible Farm

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Incredible Farm is a community owned and created learning farm that originated as a project of Incredible Edible Todmorden and is now a stand alone social enterprise.

About the project

We teach school children about sustainable farming from our basecamp a one acre permaculture inspired centre on a landfill site in our beautiful pennine valley.
We grow and sell half a ton of salad a year from three large polytunnels, rear poultry and are developing a micro dairy enterprise with two jersey heifers who are also being trained to do draft work.
We also have a 15 acre woodland with grazing on the nearby hills and we run residential coursed for local city youth.
We are also doing lots of outreach work in local cities to bring the farm to the city.
Our aim is to help to create careers in sustainable farming in our pennine landscape.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
October, 2011
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
nick green
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
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Member Project: 
0
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Hyde Park Source

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Hyde Park Source is an environmental community organisation. We work with local residents, volunteers and young people. We reclaim and renovate derelict, disused and underused areas in Leeds, transforming them into highly visual gardens and creative play spaces for community use.

About the project

Since 1998 we have created over fifty community garden spaces and have provided on-site training for hundreds of volunteers and young people in basic construction, woodwork and design, planning and community arts.
We facilitate a sense of community through encouraging people's involvement in decision making and engaging people in improving their area whilst increasing their confidence, skills and employability.
Hyde Park Source has a long history of providing great volunteering opportunities for a wide range of people. Our work has been supported by volunteers since we began in 1998; we value this contribution and are committed to follow good practice and guidelines. We appreciate any commitment to the work of HP Source and value the time and energy our volunteers give to the organisation.
At Hyde Park Source we offer a supported volunteering environment, as well as help with progression into further training and employment.

We offer a range of projects that volunteers can get involved in. Our volunteers can gain experience working with community groups and young people while learning skills such as: food growing, basic construction and joinery, gardening, mosaicing and urban art.

If you're interested in volunteering with us and want to know more feel free to contact us at [email protected].

Project Dates
Project start date: 
June, 1998
Online links
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
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Member Project: 
0
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Horton Community Farm

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Horton Community Farm (HCF) is a local food project, which will provide food (via box scheme and Community Supported Agriculture), training, community events and social and therapeutic horticulture.

About the project

Horton Community Farm is a project run by a group of local people on 2 acres of Cecil Avenue Allotments. We are creating a thriving permaculture project for local food, nature, environmental education and horticultural therapy. We are established as a cooperative organisation and registered as a limited company. We operate as a social enterprise and any profit we generate is invested back into the project.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
September, 2011
Project Detailed Information
Areas of Activity: 
Permaculture Ethics
Adult education
Childhood education
Early years learning
Physical well being
Land & Nature Stewardship
Composting
Biodiversity
Community growing and urban agriculture
Linking farmers and consumers
Forest Gardening
Gleaning & Wild harvesting
Seed Saving
Nature conservation and management
Plants
Trees, woodland, forestry
Soil
UK habitats
Community Development
Group structures and processes
Co-ops
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 7403394142
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
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0
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Growing with Grace

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Organic horticulture almost entirely under 2 acres of glasshouses, with spectacular mature forest garden under glass, and closed-loop systems at heart of ethos.

About the project

We have a spectacular forest garden under glass, which we use as an educational and inspirational area, as well as a food production area, and sell the crops. We grow and sell the following from this area: grapes, peaches, nectarines, figs, cherries, apricots, hops, and a variety of herbs including thyme, dill, and sage. We also use permaculture principles across the rest of the site where the main food production is done. We heavily promote biodiversity to help us create a balanced system to reduce pest and disease issues. We minimise outside inputs, buying in no outside fertility or growing medium. We reuse and recycle where possible, using growing techniques such as blocking to reduce our reliance on plastics, and promote healthy transplants.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
July, 2000
Project Detailed Information
Permaculture Details: 
Set up as a Quaker business and workers co-op so we have always shared many of the principles of permaculture, with care of the earth and care of people being at the heart of our business. Recently we have become a Community Co-op, but our principles have remained at the heart of our business. Several of the directors have since been on permaculture design courses, and have been inspired by the ideas of permaculture design. Making money and running a business based on growing food organically is a challenge, and the permaculture principles have helped us to make the most out of our business in challenging times. We have tried to design our business to be as much of a closed loop system as possible. Whether it is our veg delivery van picking up waste veg oil for us to convert to biodiesel to run the van and other machinery, or delivering veg to customers who send their garden greenwaste to the farm to make compost to grow the veg with, or the fact that we generate all our own fertility and growing mediums on site. We are interested in applying permaculture principles to the whole business as we are in a period of exciting change and a process of redesigning how we run, and what we do.
Online links
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
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Member Project: 
0
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Bedford Fields Community Forest Garden

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

A 6 year old inner city, community-driven forest garden which aims to demonstrate the incredible potential of creating multifunctional and resilient spaces from otherwise marginalised land through forest gardening.

About the project

Bedford Fields Community Forest Garden is an open access garden in Woodhouse, LS6, that aims to educate people on how forest gardening can be a viable alternative to food production, resilient to climactic and social change. We aim to educate volunteers and the local community about forest gardening and wider environmental issues through workdays, workshops and discussion. We believe in the ‘urbalisation’ of our cities – ‘bringing rural life to the city’. Scroll down to see our latest poster of what we’re doing now
Since its inception in February 2010 we've held regular workdays and now offer a variety of workshops and events to skill the urbanite into an 'urbalite'!

Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Bedford Fields
Telephone number: 
07922513704
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
18 January 2012
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Wooldale Woodland Garden

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
About the project

The Holme Valley Gardening Network was established in January 2009. In that time the network has created 22 growing spaces for local people. Two of which are to be used for a forest garden and a no dig veg plot. The network aims are to teach and demonstrate permaculture, visit other projects and offer permaculture education in the Holme Valley a Pennine town in West Yorkshire

Project Contact Details
Telephone number: 
01484688320 or 07534928102
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
18 January 2012
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ThosePlantPeople

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Fern Cottage is a permaculture smallholding with a young forest garden in development, a vegetable garden and experimental polycultures. We hold a permaculture social every 2 months

About the project

ThosePlantPeople are developing a 4 acre piece of land from an ornamental garden and grazing land into a highly productive system. Many fruit trees are now producing good crops with the understory still developing. They aim to grow as much of their own food and fuel whilst providing a haven for biodiversity. They will be guided by permaculture principles to make decisions about how to adapt the land and to pass this experience and knowledge to others. Their expert knowledge of horticulture has led to research and experiments in edible polycultures which are still evolving.

Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Pippa Chapman
Telephone number: 
07704178585
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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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
Data transfer from previous site
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