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

Apricot Centre CIC

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

The Apricot Centre is a 34 Acre farm growing a wide range of Bio dynamic and Organic Produce. We also run, from site a Well Being and Therapeutic Service and alternative education programme, school visits and Social Forestry/Nature Connection sessions. We have a full training programme, trainee scheme and a successful design consultancy

About the project

The Apricot Centre is a social enterprise (CIC). We produce high quality food on our 34 Acre farm at Huxham's Cross in Dartington South Devon, growing a wide range of Biodynamic and Organic produce including vegetables, fruit, jams, chutneys, juices and flours. Huxham's Cross Farm is also the home and therapeutic space for the The Apricot Centre Well being Service providing therapeutic support for families and children in both East Anglia and in Devon, using the farm and nature as a co-therapist. Where the two activities overlap we offer a rich experience on the farm for children and their families, providing mentoring for young people with specific needs such as special education, behaviour or mental health needs. We also provide school visits, children and adult workshops in traditional rural crafts and skills, training courses that cover land and person Permaculture Design, Biodynamics and many other courses. We have a very successful Permaculture Consultancy service on the farm and have helped design and support a wide range of businesses and can often be found at festivals across the country spreading the word of setting up Permaculture Projects. We have also designed a number of school gardens working alongside children, staff and parents in creating and implementing a garden that is specific to the schools needs and to help support their curriculum.

We run a number of volunteer days and community events including Open Farm Sunday, plant sales and in the future art exhibitions, treeplanting events and apple pressing.

The aim of the Apricot Centre is to create and run a sustainable diverse farm, well being service and business. It recognises that there is a fundamental link between the well being of the soil, food and habitat and the mental and physical health of the people in and around the farm, making for a wonderful environment for a warm and effective mental health/ well being service for children and families. The Apricot centre is a small (CIC) company that cares for the environment and for people.

Our Ethos & Underlying Principles

Value diversity at all levels of the business
Follow the feedback of the system allowing it to evolve ('Feedback leads the way')
The 'edge' of a system is where it is exciting, creative, and where potential lies.
Where there is a disturbance there is wisdom within the disturbance. This allows us to creatively work with change.
The Aim of the Apricot Centre is to create and run a sustainable diverse farm, well being service and business. It recognises that there is a fundamental link between the well being of the soil, food and habitat and the mental and physical health of the people in and around the farm, making for a wonderful environment for a warm and effective mental health/ well being service for children and families.

Our Objectives are:

To produce Local Sustainable Food
To create sustainable bio diverse farms that support wildlife
To provide for and support the mental well being of families and children that visit the farm for therapy, education or recreational purposes.
To provide training courses and consultation on how to do this.
To create an economically resilient business
To support the well being and professional development of its staff and team.
To collect data and research on the effectiveness of these models
Although this might seem to be an unusual mixture what we have found the underlying principles inform our work both with people and the environment.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
September, 2015
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
15
Areas of Activity: 
Permaculture ethics, principles, design
Culture & Education
Sustainable livelihoods
Health & Wellbeing
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Marina O'Connell
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