A place of inspiration & learning
Blackberry Meadow plans to work within the framework of Permaculture Ethics and the 12 Permaculture Design Principles:
Care of the Earth
Care of People
1. Observe & interact
The wind and sun are determining factors on the field. Our basic design is based around these directional forces.
2. Catch and store energy
Waterbutts are essential, solar panels and a wind turbine are being considered for the future
3. Obtain a yield
There is a small vegetable garden and willow bed. A precious yield is offering accessibility to learning at various events.
4. Apply self regulation and accept feedback
The field is potentially a site for food production on a larger scale, producing greens for salad packs,
with careful planning
5. Use and value renewable resources and services
A very important regime of recycling is in place. Reclaimed and local building materials are used whenever possible; driftwood is collected for fires, seeds collected and resown. The no-dig beds are mulched with our own compost.
6. Produce no waste
Compost heaps are vital, as is the compost toilet.
7. Design from patterns to details
The pattern of the original land has been observed and used to create a detailed plan of "what works where".
8. Integrate rather than segregate
Hosting events and open days. Skill sharing is appreciated. We have strong community links through social and work circles.
9. Use small and slow solutions
We prefer to wait for supplies, convinced (correctly) that they will come eventually. Otherwise, we gather from local sources, including the beach. Materials are often donated by like-minded folk.
10. Use and value diversity
A new hedgerow is planted with elder, teasels and hazel to increase biodiversity. Planting a variety of native trees, shrubs and flowers will encourage wildlife. The pond is the newest addition with potential for the arrival of an aquatic ecosystem.
11. Use edges and value the margin
Our four corners are valuable wild areas, the forest garden adjoins a hedgerow to increase the ‘marginal’ use.
12. Creatively use and respond to change
The meadow, because of it's low lying location can become flooded in the winter. The field shelter and toilet are raised off the ground level for this reason. The field is adaptable with many uses, allowing flexibility depending on demand or climate change.
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