Tatnam Organic Patch

LAND Region: 
EnglandSouth West
LAND Project Type: 
LAND Centre

A community garden run by volunteers following strict organic principles, providing food, learning opportunity and a burgeoning wildlife population.

TOP comprises 1/2 acre of disused local authority allotment land reclaimed eleven years ago to be used as a community garden. It has a variety of micro-climates including forest & forest edge, 2 streams, raised beds, ponds & a large greenhouse. The site runs North to South and is triangular with an annexed wood across the stream. The site is bordered by a church car park and a public allotment site. TOP is self-sufficient in funds and uses materials that are rescued or recycled from the local area. As well as growing food & supporting wildlife there are the social aspects of work, conviviality & seasonal celebrations.

Member Project known date: 
Friday, 13 January, 2012
Number of people text: 
Number of visitors/volunteers can accommodate: 20. Group visit scheme: yes.
Contact Name: 
Gary Finch
Observe & Interact – maximised orientation, natural composting and mulching, utilising forest edge, natural security methods, natural fertility methods. Catch & Store Energy – on site composting, water retention and storage, coppicing and charcoal possibilities, many trees and shrubs, seed saving. Obtain a yield – Harvesting produce, catching rainfall, social gatherings, bird droppings! Apply self regulation etc – Ongoing rotation records, harvesting rules, pest records, wildlife logs and food plants. Use & value renewable resources and services – Biological pest control, comfrey tea, composting, perennial foods, recycling local waste materials. Produce no waste – Composting greens and wood, cycling water. Design from patterns to details – Forest edge, wildlife pond, zones 0 to 5. Integrate not segregate – Volunteers of all ages, multiple function and elements, bee hives. Use small & slow solutions – Coppice plants, canopy trees, community socials. Use & Value Diversity – Site divided between food and wildlife plants, bee hive, companion planting, perennial and annual crops. Use edges & value the marginal – Woodland edge, large pond, raised pond, stacked beds, transition meetings, growing in time & space. Use change constructively – Planning for forest garden expansion, adjustment for growing membership In terms of permaculture methods the project has taken a greater interest in closed energy cycles and open communal involvement. The site has identifiable zones that are appropriately placed and treated accordingly. There are several ongoing permaculture designs for different areas of the site a compost loo, edible perennial areas and a sheltered structure.
Project start date: 
September, 1998
Chilling out in the garden
Sherrin Close
Poole, Dorset BH15
United Kingdom
Dorset GB