Our vision and project design has been developed with the following aims and approaches in mind:
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A system of growing field crops in alleys bordered by crop trees, beneficial for carbon sequestration, habitat enhancement , structural diversity and soil health. Provides the structure and function of natural ecosystems with species that provide food and generate an economic yield.
Would you be interested in having an allotment on site if this was agreed by the council?
Native broadleaf woodland will be created/expanded in 3 areas on the farm to increase habitat diversity, iand create shelter for local wildlife.
A low impact multifunctional building for: a learning space,workshops, seed processing for a seed library and seed exchanges, and drying herbs for healing teas and herbal medicine. This could be a building designed and built by the community, using natural materials.
A mix of willow, hazel and fruit trees will be planted to create boundaries, create shelter for crops and mitigate against water runoff. Coppiced willow and hazel rods can be sold and used in workshops.
May have a midlayer of fruit bushes growing under trees where appropriate.
In this area we will explore innovative growing methods for pulses and grains on a rotation with field scale vegetable crops.
Mixed native hedge comprising hawthorn, blackthorn, holly, elder, rowan, hazel, sea buckthorn with dog rose and honeysuckle will be established along the farm boundary on the eastern side. Hedges will be associated with a wide margin of rough grassland and wildflowers
The market garden production will include a large variety of crops from staples like onions and carrots right through to high value salads, micro greens and speciality perennials. What is available will change seasonally.
A fruit and nut orchard with a wide variety of apples and other fruit - pears, plums, cherries, damson, quince, medlar, hazel, walnut and sweet chestnut.
Polytunnels will be used to propogate seedlings and grow a wide variety of produce including tomatoes, peppers, salads and perhaps some more unusual fruits such as watermelons! Having the polytunnels will help extend the growing season considerably.
Ponds will be created to benefit breeding amphibians and freshwater invertebrates which will result in improved foraging for birds and bats.
Soft Fruit Growing
A variety of soft fruit will be grown, when established may look to begin a pick your own scheme.
The north section of the site will be dedicated to habitat creation for coastal birds with an area of wetland being created which will offer roosting and feeding for species including curlew and lapwing.