Wednesday, 20 April 2016

5 ha (12.3 acre) Agroforestry project coming to life...

Last summer I completed a 5 hectare (12.3 acres) polyculture orchard design for Catherine Zanev's  Permaculture Farm Venets  I recently returned to the site to see how it's taking shape and it was wonderful to see the design coming to life with the good work of project manager Petar Mateev and the team.


Here are some photos from my visit in spring 2016.



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Some details and illustrations from the design




A standard pear tree settling in well. Each row consists of at least one standard tree for structural diversity. The majority of the fruit trees are semi standards with crowns of approx 4-5 m width and height of 5 - 6 m




A garden in the nearby village of Todorovo was used for a comfrey nursery. We supplied the team with 100's of 4 - 5 cm root cuttings Comfrey 'Bocking 14' cuttings last spring and you can see how well the plants are doing just one year later . These plants are ready for division and with further division eventually, 1000's will be planted on the site over coming autumn and next spring.



A quick intermission just to let you know we've revamped our Online Store where you can find Forest Garden/ Permaculture Plants, Seeds, Cuttings, Bulbs, Rhizomes and Polyculture Multi-packs along with digital goods and services such as Online Courses, Webinars, eBooks, and Online Consultancy and finally we've added a Bulk Fruit and Nut Tree order form for Farms, Orchards, Nurseries, and Large Regenerative Landscape Projects. If there is anything in the store you would like to see but is not there, please let us know. We hope you enjoy the store and find something you like :) It's your purchases that keep our Project going. Thank you. Enter Our Store Here

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Mixed fruit trees planted 5 m apart are the first plants in. Soft fruits and herbs and nitrogen fixing shrubs will be added over the coming years. Click here for the nitrogen fixing shrubs species selection for this site.





Polyculture orchard on the right, Conventional agriculture on the left






40 Bird boxes and 10 bat boxes were put up on the site in 2015. Habitats are created or preserved, wildlife ponds, rock piles and support species polycultures will be established on the site over the next few months. 





The spacing between rows is 12 m at the moment. The alleys were sown last year with a drought tolerant deep rooted cover crop and will be cut or grazed this year and inter sown with a variety of grasses, including a wild flower strip, next spring.

Regenerative Landscape Design - Online Interactive Course 


If you would like to learn how to design, build and manage regenerative landscapes we'll be running our second Regenerative Landscape Design - Online Interactive Course that starts on May 1st, 2021. 

We're super excited about running the course and look forward to providing you with the confidence, inspiration, and opportunity to design, build and manage regenerative landscapes, gardens, and farms that produce food and other resources for humans while enhancing biodiversity.

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