Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (ScotLAND Centre)

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

We are Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (BIPA), a Permaculture micro-smallholding and livelihood on the Black Isle, 13km north of Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. Since 2015 we have been developing 2.5 acres of garden and woodland to establish an organic Permaculture garden for food, wood fuel, habitat, well-being, abundant foraging, leisure and education, as well as eco retrofitting an onsite bungalow.

About the project

Our aim is to become a domestic smallholding where we are able to live a creative, regenerative and resilient lifestyle by the Permaculture Principles of People Care, Earth Care and Fair Share: a place where people can visit, stay, learn from and be inspired by an example of an organic smallholding incorporating a home based economy and resilient business plans.

Our design incorporates an eco-renovated house, art studio, compost toilets, some woodland camping huts for eco tourism and guests, creating kitchen and forest gardens, orchard, woodland, meadows and space for our chickens. Our design and vision is to create forest gardens, woodland and growing spaces that maximise habitat and diversity, along with a thriving and self-sustaining food-web, with multifunctional plants providing food, fuel, craft materials, income, and beauty.

We are also involved with a community initiative in Muir of Ord called MOOFood, which aims to reduce carbon emmissions, food waste and social isolation and create a healthy community and food culture through growing, sharing, and educating. We have planted a Permaculture designed orchard of 50 fruit trees, planted incredible edible inspired veg, salad, herb and fruit beds, installed a community fridge and have an education programme with the local school and community groups.

We welcome visitors by appointment, and hold open days, courses and workshops throughout the year. See our Facebook page and website for details. We are also hosting volunteers in 2020 via our WWOOF profile.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
August, 2015
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
2
Number of people text: 
Clive and Julie live and work at BIPA
Areas of Activity: 
Permaculture ethics, principles, design
Permaculture Ethics
Earth Care
People Care
Fair Shares
Design Principles
Energy conservation and efficiency
Sustainable building and construction
Building retrofit
Construction materials and processes
New build
Culture & Education
Adult education
Passing on knowledge
Sustainable livelihoods
WWOOFing
Health & Wellbeing
Diet & Nutrition
Preserving and storing food
Land & Nature Stewardship
Animals
Composting
Biodiversity
Community growing and urban agriculture
Ecology
Forest Gardening
Gardening techniques
Seed Saving
Nature conservation and management
Organic & Biodynamic agriculture
Regeneration and succession
Plants
Trees, woodland, forestry
Soil
UK habitats
Domestic energy systems
Recycling and waste processing
Reducing consumption
Renewable Energy
Biogas and biomass
Solar power
Photovoltaics
Reuse & recycling
About area of activity: 
https://blackislepermacultureandarts.co.uk/blog/
Permaculture Details: 
Many of the techniques and ways of working we use here are a shift in attitude from conventional agriculture or gardening, for example, active observation of ecosystems and foodwebs and making minimal intervention, slow solutions such as scything meadows seasonally rather than regular mowing, harnessing the benificial properties of ‘weeds’ and at the same time reducing time spent weeding, shifting from maintenance to harvesting (grass is a harvest which is used to make compost), no dig gardening and soil/fertility building through mulching, planting of nitrogen fixers and dynamic accumulators, and so on. It is more than just gardening as it takes in all aspects of our lifestyles such as housing, community, social equality, transport and food production. For us, as a LAND project, growing food, fuel, soil and sustainable production of resources, increasing biodiversity and habitat, circular cycling of materials, zero waste and energy efficiency are some of the key areas of focus, but we are also involved with community projects such as Transition Black Isle Seed Swap, Grow North and the MOO FOOD community orchard. We decided to become a ScotLAND Permaculture demonstration site so we can show people practical examples of how it can be applied and learn along with us. We are using Permaculture Ethics and Principles to guide how we live. The three Ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share are in the centre, and the 12 principles surround them Earth care is a main driver of our design, and we use organic and no dig techniques, composting and mulching for soil health, diverse types of trees, shrubs, plants, fruit, and vegetables, land stewardship and habitat creation through ecological methods, sensitive observation and minimal changes, water saving and harvesting, and regenerative growing practices. People care – we are creating a healthy environment, a relaxing, calm place to live, work and stay, inviting visitors to learn, providing opportunities for volunteers, demonstrating the potential of Permaculture to the wider community and improving food and environment in area, for example Transition Black Isle seed swap (http://www.transitionblackisle.org/) and MOO Food community food project (http://moofood.org/). Fair share/Future care – using local, ethical and ecological services and goods, living within sustainable limits and minimising our consumption (e.g. growing food, reducing travel and commuting, making crafts, furniture, art, and produce) offering affordable workshops, open to share knowledge and experience, putting our time, energy and resources into positive local projects.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Clive
Telephone number: 
01463 871 171
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
1
Data transfer from previous site
Data verified: 
0
Location verified: 
0

Harehope Quarry

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Harehope Quarry is a former limestone quarry in Weardale, Co. Durham.  Our work aims to promote a more sustainable future through education, course, events and the projects that we deliver on site.

About the project

Harehope Quarry is a former limestone quarry in Weardale, Co. Durham. The quarry is a Local Wildlife Site with areas of wet woodland, species-rich limestone grassland and ponds and rivers. The site is renowned for its exposures of Frosterley Marble as well as characteristic features of limestone geology, including Jacob’s Pot.

The quarry is managed to promote biodiversity, provide some permissive access and encourage outdoor learning through educational visits, courses and events. Facilities at Harehope Quarry include:
• Purpose-built outdoor classroom
• Dedicated bushcraft/Forest School site
• Outdoor cooking facilities
• Outdoor play and delivery area
• Workshop (summer 2019)

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 1998
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
11
Number of people text: 
Harehope Quarry Project can accommodate up to 40 people
Areas of Activity: 
New build
About area of activity: 
There is a straw bale workshop on site and 2 timber post and beam Segal buildings.
Permaculture Details: 
The Harehope Quarry Project was set up shortly before 2 co-op members attended an introductory and full Permaculture design course so Permaculture principles and methods were incorporated into the design as the project has developed. Observation of the site and interaction with the site were undertaken for several years before the project started to develop. The design incorporates producing and storing our own energy, growing food using raised beds, a polytunnel and an embryonic forest garden, grazing animals to improve the biodiversity of our woodland and limestone grassland areas, an aquaculture project and a Walter Segal self-build project utilising renewable sources and services and producing very little waste. The project has had to work creatively to sustain itself and responds to changes as they have occurred. When resources have been available they have always had multiple uses. We are currently reviewing how we function and again Permaculture design principles will inform our decisions.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Jill Essam
Telephone number: 
07807 002032
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
Data verified: 
0
Location verified: 
0