Prestwich Clough Forest Garden

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary
A community forest garden within a 2 acre woodland which is part of Incredible Edible Prestwich and District.It is run on Permaculture principles and practices. Awarded "Land Centre" status November 2015
About the project

The idea for a forest garden here evolved in 2011 after the local council granted us permission to use the area for an Incredible edible site. It was used by myself and my wife, Debbie for our PDC design at the end of our course in February 2012, after which we started work in March of that year. The 2 acre plot was partly wooded with an open area to the west which was mainly brambles. This is the area we created our forest garden with an enthusiastic bunch of volunteers and several years on the plot is developing into a beautiful garden with hundreds of edible trees, shrubs plants and ground cover planted, mostly donated by ourselves. We have had 2 successful open days with 200 and 300+ people coming along from the local community. We meet once a month on Sundays with extra evening sessions during the busy growing season.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
September, 2011
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
6
Number of people text: 
We have a core volunteer group of about 6 people with occasional visitors and volunteers and have had up to 20 volunteers at our regular sessions.
Areas of Activity: 
Permaculture ethics, principles, design
Childhood education
Celebrations and events
Learning and thinking skills
Reading Landscape
Passing on knowledge
Teaching
Preserving and storing food
Physical well being
Vision and purpose
Land & Nature Stewardship
Biodiversity
Ecology
Forest Gardening
Gardening techniques
Seed Saving
Plants
Trees, woodland, forestry
Soil
UK habitats
Water in the landscape
About area of activity: 
The forest garden is our main project but incredible edible Prestwich has several growing projects around the area including a 30' polytunel.
Permaculture Details: 
We use permaculture principles across our projects including organic growing methods, local ethically sourced materials, sharing of the produce to anyone who needs it (including the local food bank), and an inclusive membership.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Mike Pope
Telephone number: 
07984858964
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Data transfer from previous site
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0
Location verified: 
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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

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