North Devon Permaculture
North Devon Permaculture is based at Wishtree Agroforestry and Permaculture Centre, nr Black Torrington in North Devon. It is 5 acre nursery consisting of culm grassland and a variety of deciduous trees, some of which are edible. Our goal is to transform this young woodland into a resilient, abundant and beautiful ecosystem using agroforestry and applied Permaculture design. We aim to demonstrate how one can live and work with the land using permaculture with people being at the centre, zone 0.We are a social enterprise.
Our Vision: an abundant world in which humans flourish, in partnership with nature and each other, safeguarding the earth for us and for future generations.
Our Mission: deliver Permaculture education to individuals, businesses, educational establishments and organisations.
Our Aim: through courses, land demonstration and garden design we will show people how to live a resilient and regenerative way of life through growing food and social integration.
Through experimental agroforestry and innovative resource cycling, we are designing systems to provide us with a life of self-reliance and independence. We are building a polyculture of Permaculture-based income streams:
> Permaculture courses and workshops
> Permaculture garden design consultancy
> Permaculture life design services
> Agroforestry nursery
> Working with schools and colleges (please contact us for more details)
Through our demonstration of the ethics and principles, we aim to help people reconnect with the land, each other, and themselves. One of the intrinsic characteristics of living a life based on Permaculutre is to live with the land. We aim to live the 'right livelihood' with our home being the centre of the land, to demonstrate how people can live and work regeneratively. This includes helping to regenerate business to build local economy.
In our agroforestry based systems, we grow edible trees and perennials plants and have begun a new agroforestry nursery. We offer the opportunity for people to view our site as it emerges, helping them and us to learn what Permacaulture techniques work for us and are best suited to our land and systems.
Current systems that we have on site are an emergent food forest and other growing beds demonstrating small scale food forestry. A polytunnel housing our nursery production and food for ourselves and guests. We are working on building a treebog, creating a teaching space and putting in a clay oven. We welcome volunteers who are interested in learning about Permaculture or can help us to build up our infrastructure which is currently of a wild camping status.
The project is based in a rural location in Devon among a farming community. We hope that through demonstration we will be able to show the local farmers how to implement Permaculture into their livelihoods.