Permaculture first became familiar to us in 2009 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 Winnies Wood, a 5 acre deciduous woodland which used to be pasture land to dairy cows. We renamed the small woodland, Wishtree, after having a Wish tree at our wedding. A Wish Tree is used to give offerings and blessings in return for wishes or prayers being answered. We wanted to continue this magic and mystery in the new stage of our journey, sharing it with others. Over this time we have learned to connect with the land and identify her character and listen to her needs. We work with her, in tune, to support us both towards a life of regeneration.
We completed our Permaculture Design Certificates between 2013 and 2015 and apprenticed with Permaculture teachers such Aranya, Peter Cow and Jan Martin and Looby Mcnamara; becoming Permaculture designers and educators. We now deliver land and social Permaculture courses. After allowing ourselves to emerge with the land we founded North Devon Permaculture CIC.
“It is not the strongest animal that survives, nor the fastest, but the one most adaptable to change” – Leon C. Megginson paraphrasing Charles Darwin
North Devon Permaculture CIC is based at Wishtree, our Permaculture LAND learner project, 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 demonstrate these regenerative practices through 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.
Having and experiencing mental illness, we offer support to people to support their mental health needs by encouraging them to eat a well balanced diet. We also show them tools within social permaculture and how they can act as a tool to overcome the challenges they may face. As part of this, we aim to help people rekindle their relationship with the land through, gardening, rural skills and understanding the natural environment.
Using Permaculture design and solutions based thinking, we are practicing resilient, regenerative living for both land and our livelihood. We aim 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 businesses, 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 do through the practice of Permaculture and our ethos.
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“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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