Garden Cottage

LAND Region: 
ScotlandScottish Borders
LAND Project Type: 
LAND Centre
Areas of Activity: 
Built Environment
Built EnvironmentEnergy conservation and efficiency
Built EnvironmentEnergy conservation and efficiencyPassive Solar
Built EnvironmentSettlement types and design
Built EnvironmentSettlement types and designLow impact development
Built EnvironmentSustainable building and construction
Built EnvironmentSustainable building and constructionBiotechture
Built EnvironmentSustainable building and constructionBuilding retrofit
Built EnvironmentSustainable building and constructionConstruction materials and processes
Built EnvironmentWater in the built environment
Built EnvironmentWater in the built environmentWater in the home and garden
Culture & Education
Culture & EducationAdult education
Culture & EducationCommunity learning
Culture & EducationCommunity learningCelebrations and events
Culture & EducationCommunity learningParticipatory arts and music
Culture & EducationLearning and thinking skills
Culture & EducationLearning and thinking skillsAction Research
Culture & EducationLearning and thinking skillsReading Landscape
Culture & EducationLearning and thinking skillsSpirit of Place
Culture & EducationPassing on knowledge
Culture & EducationPassing on knowledgeTeaching
Finance & Economics
Finance & EconomicsNew economics
Finance & EconomicsNew economicsGreen economics
Finance & EconomicsSustainable livelihoods
Finance & EconomicsSustainable livelihoodsBusiness types
Finance & EconomicsSustainable livelihoodsFair trade
Finance & EconomicsSustainable livelihoodsTrading skills
Health & Wellbeing
Health & WellbeingCycle of life
Health & WellbeingCycle of lifeDying with Dignity
Health & WellbeingCycle of lifeParenting
Health & WellbeingCycle of lifeVision and purpose
Health & WellbeingDiet & Nutrition
Health & WellbeingDiet & NutritionPhysical well being
Health & WellbeingDiet & NutritionPreserving and storing food
Health & WellbeingRest, play and sleep
Health & WellbeingSpirituality
Land & Nature Stewardship
Land & Nature StewardshipBiodiversity
Land & Nature StewardshipClimate
Land & Nature StewardshipCommunity growing and urban agriculture
Land & Nature StewardshipComposting
Land & Nature StewardshipEcology
Land & Nature StewardshipForest Gardening
Land & Nature StewardshipGardening techniques
Land & Nature StewardshipGleaning & Wild harvesting
Land & Nature StewardshipLandscape types
Land & Nature StewardshipLandscape typesStrategies for arid landscapes
Land & Nature StewardshipMushrooms
Land & Nature StewardshipNature conservation and management
Land & Nature StewardshipPlants
Land & Nature StewardshipRegeneration and succession
Land & Nature StewardshipSeas and oceans
Land & Nature StewardshipSeed Saving
Land & Nature StewardshipSoil
Land & Nature StewardshipTrees, woodland, forestry
Land & Nature StewardshipUK habitats
Permaculture ethics, principles, designDesign Principles
Permaculture ethics, principles, designPermaculture EthicsEarth Care
Permaculture ethics, principles, designPermaculture EthicsFair Shares
Permaculture ethics, principles, designPermaculture EthicsPeople Care
Tools & TechnologyDomestic energy systems
Tools & TechnologyRecycling and waste processing
Tools & TechnologyReducing consumption
Tools & TechnologyRenewable Energy
Tools & TechnologyRenewable EnergySolar power
Tools & TechnologyRenewable EnergySolar powerPhotovoltaics
Tools & TechnologyReuse & recycling
Tools & TechnologyTransport and mobility
Tools & TechnologyTransport and mobilityBicycles and rickshaws
Tools & TechnologyTransport and mobilityBuses, trams and trains

This was the first registered LAND project through ScotLAND. We welcome visitors on open days as specified on the website or by prior arrangement otherwise.

A thirty year old forest garden (the longest standing intentional food forest garden in Britain according to Permaculture Magazine) fully equipped as a teaching space with major improvements to our household in terms of energy efficiency. Last year (2018) we have grown over a tonne of food in a fifth of an acre (800 sq metres or .08 of a hectare). Peak yield has been 1.25 metric tonnes of food. This is a yield rate pro-rata of 16 tonnes a hectare, twice what even the best chemical farmers produce here. For the last many years we have also produced our own firewood and half our electricity, and operated a working plant and tree nursery in the same space. We are now changing that arrangement as we are getting older, but the garden is still highly productive. We continue to teach courses here and off site. Our main expertise and interest are Permaculture Design (introductory, full design course, and advanced), Forest Gardening, Food Preservation and Permaculture Training of Teachers.

Contact Name: 
Graham Bell
Number of people involved: 
Telephone number: 
01890 88 2448
As the first diploma holder in the UK (1990) we have thirty years expereince of inegrating Permaculture Design in every aspect of our lives. We have still ways to go and are still learning. Right now our main interest is in sharing what we know with those coming after.
Project start date: 
July, 1990

e-mail [email protected] or telephone +44 (0)1890 88 2448

off Kelso Road Coldstream
TD12 4LF
United Kingdom