Permaculture Island is a family run homestead situated on a two acre property that fronts Niton Undercliff, overlooking Reeth Bay at the southern tip of the Isle of Wight. The landscape is diverse unmanaged wild forest and scrub, with abundant wildlife thriving in this special micro climate. The homestead is under continuous development and with ever changing and evolving ground research in practice; work is consistently in progress to develop more efficient and productive systems.
Since 2005 we decided to reduce monetary dependence and instead adopt an abundance model, of self supporting systems of food, water and energy from our surroundings. Which positively revolutionised our lives, by fusing new relations as a family, with local people and the environment. Greater autonomy and responsibility developed confidence and purpose, Permaculture kindled enthusiasm to explore new insights and practical skills, and redefined our place in the World. A yearning for resilience and abundance of a wild nature inspired the discovery of Forest Gardening, which involves imitating a young woodland form, but instead contains a mixed arrangement of mostly fruit and nut trees. Other crops like potatoes and onions arrange themselves around the trees, just like a natural Ecosystem. The stacking of crops is just one example of how a forest garden utilises harmonic patterns seen in nature.
Permaculture is a ” design system for sustainable human habitats that supply human needs in an environmentally enhancing way”. Permaculture is all about functional design – ways to maximise productivity and abundance, while minimising effort, by working with nature, rather than against it.
We have observed that chickens and humans can thrive by offering greater autonomy, to move from passive consumer to forager revolutionises not just individuals but the whole tribe.
Food, energy and water can be grown or harvested anywhere and you don’t need to actually own land to do it. There are so many options, from micro gardens, allotments to large scale smallholdings and farms. Our objective at Permaculture Island is to promote pragmatic solutions for all, regardless of situation. we demonstrate the possibilities that are infinitely scalable of abundant design to help inspire people to transform there own lives no matter of situation or location.
Victoria lodge, Castlehaven lane, Niton, Isle Of Wight, po382nb