Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (ScotLAND Centre)

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

We are Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (BIPA), an ecological household, garden and woodland on the Black Isle, 13km north of Inverness. We offer eco tourist accomodation, workshops and volunteering opportunities. The household and gardens are being transformed using Permaculture design and techniques to create a balanced ecosystem for people, plants and animals while also adapting to the unfolding climate and ecological crisis.

About the project

In 2.5 acre’s of garden and woodland, we aim to live a creative, sustainable and resilient lifestyle by the three principles of People Care, Earth Care and Future Care: a place where people can visit, stay, learn and share. We’ve been a Permaculture Learning And Network Demonstration (LAND) Centre since 2018 and are using our gardens to show the possibilities of Permaculture on a domestic scale.

The household and gardens at The Warren are being transformed using Permaculture design and techniques to create a balanced ecosystem for people, plants and animals while also adapting to the unfolding climate and ecological crisis. We have worked to create a place where we can live in a harmonious ecological balance which provides us with many of our needs: food, a comfortable place to live and stay, a livelihood, but also biodiversity and habitats for wildlife, and a place to share what we are learning. We have a mosaic of meadows, forest gardens, mixed woodland, wildlife pond and bog garden, a kitchen garden growing vegetables, salads, herbs, fruit, polycultures of wild flowers for insects and pollinators, and some free range hens. We use organic and no dig methods to create healthy soil, working with closed loop systems so nothing is wasted, either through composting, wormeries, mulching, reusing/upcycling materials, and wood processing for fuel.

On-site, we have built a compost toilet and a Yurt for use during events and workshops, and two eco cabins for guests wanting a simple, off grid, low impact holiday. We have used natural and organic materials to eco renovate the bungalow and installed renewable energies such as solar PV, solar hot water and biomass heating, as well as energy efficiency measures to reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint. We have an arts and crafts studio where we work to create artwork and handmade products.

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
Culture & Education
Passing on knowledge
Land & Nature Stewardship
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 - 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/). Future care – using local, ethical and ecological services and goods, land stewardship and a healthy legacy for the future, 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

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
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