Blackberry Meadow

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Project Dates
Project start date: 
March, 2013
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
2
Areas of Activity: 
Water in the home and garden
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Sallie Parsons
Telephone number: 
07990753682
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Data transfer from previous site
Data verified: 
0
Location verified: 
1

Garden Cottage

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

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.

About the project

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.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
July, 1990
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
8
Areas of Activity: 
Earth Care
People Care
Fair Shares
Design Principles
Built Environment
Energy conservation and efficiency
Passive Solar
Settlement types and design
Low impact development
Sustainable building and construction
Biotechture
Building retrofit
Construction materials and processes
Water in the built environment
Water in the home and garden
Culture & Education
Adult education
Community learning
Participatory arts and music
Celebrations and events
Learning and thinking skills
Action Research
Reading Landscape
Spirit of Place
Passing on knowledge
Teaching
Finance & Economics
Sustainable livelihoods
Business types
Fair trade
Trading skills
New economics
Green economics
Health & Wellbeing
Diet & Nutrition
Preserving and storing food
Physical well being
Cycle of life
Dying with Dignity
Parenting
Vision and purpose
Spirituality
Rest, play and sleep
Land & Nature Stewardship
Composting
Biodiversity
Climate
Community growing and urban agriculture
Ecology
Forest Gardening
Gleaning & Wild harvesting
Gardening techniques
Seed Saving
Landscape types
Strategies for arid landscapes
Mushrooms
Nature conservation and management
Regeneration and succession
Plants
Seas and oceans
Trees, woodland, forestry
Soil
UK habitats
Domestic energy systems
Recycling and waste processing
Reducing consumption
Renewable Energy
Solar power
Photovoltaics
Reuse & recycling
Transport and mobility
Bicycles and rickshaws
Buses, trams and trains
Permaculture Details: 
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.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Graham Bell
Telephone number: 
01890 88 2448
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Data transfer from previous site
Data verified: 
0
Location verified: 
0

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
Member Project: 
0
Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
Data transfer from previous site
Data verified: 
0
Location verified: 
0