Permaculture first became familiar to us whilst being members of our local Transition Town group. From there we developed a desire to learn more and haven’t looked back. Our knowledge has evolved over the years, learning more all the time. In 2011 we bought Wishtree Wood to be able to practice the theory we had learned. Several years later we founded North Devon Permaculture. We completed our Permaculture Design Certificates between 2013 and 2015. After apprenticing with permaculture teachers such as Looby Mcnamara and Aranya, Wenderlynn became a permaculture educator. We now deliver land and social permaculture courses.
The project is based at Wishtree Agroforestry And Permaculture Centre, a young woodland reclaimed from grazing land which was previously moorland. We are working to turn this damp patch of Devon into a productive, 5 acre site of Agroforestry techniques, the integration of trees, plants, and animals in long-term, productive systems. We aim to use demonstration, experimentation and research to show how agroforestry and Forest Gardening (or food forest) can be used on varying scales, such as a small residential garden to a smallholding or farm based system.
We aim to facilitate the spread of knowledge through the community by offering guided tours of our project, working with local schools, and running workshops and courses on permaculture, regenerative living and how they can help as tools for better wellbeing.
North Devon Permaculture aims to support people’s physical and mental health needs by encouraging a nutrient-dense diet, and promoting the adoption of a range of health care beyond conventional medicine. We also strongly believe in the importance of reconnecting people to nature, and aim to help people to rekindle their relationship with traditional spiritual and cultural values, reclaiming the right to become indigenous to the land.
Through the Permaculture Association UK we are a learner, Learning And Network Demonstration site, LAND for short. This means we are demonstrating a variety of techniques and principles to show the ways in which we use the land for growing perennial plants and how we use them to focus on building our networks, collaborating with others to build local and thriving communities. We work with an allocated tutor who will help us fulfill the criteria to achieve full LAND centre status.
Using and valuing local resources, we manage the project by keeping our overheads low, through living offgrid and sourcing materials for construction, or otherwise, through freecycle, buying second hand or accepting donations. We also have a wonderful bunch of supporters who help when they can.
We are practicing sustainable, regenerative living. We believe there is a need for things to change from the current social system to help rebuild local economies and encourage sustainable business and livelihoods within our community.
Our focus is on helping to achieve the above by working with local organisations, schools and business as well as the local government. We believe we can help others to introduce an holistic approach to their lives by bringing people together through effective co-operation. This we will do through the practice of permaculture and our ethos.
We liked these quotes:
“Regenerative design is a process-oriented systems theory based approach to design. The term “regenerative” describes processes that restore, renew or revitalize their own sources of energy and materials, creating sustainable systems that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature.”
An example of regenerative design can be seen here permaculture.co.uk
“Permaculture is a regenerative design system that involves people working together to create ecological and edible landscapes, low-impact buildings, and sustainable communities and economies.”
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