Permaculture & The Wild Wood
Following the success of 'Plot 21'
-a London-based permaculture and community cohesion project, and numerous other voluntary roles working with the organisation Naturewise
, schools and a City Farm over 15 years, Sharon Girardi has received funding for this exciting large-scale project in mid Wales.
Alongside the reforestation of pasture land with broad leaf and edible natives, the project will incorporate subsistence organic food-growing, beekeeping, rearing small livestock and poultry, propagation of productive local fruit varieties, mushroom production, teaching components, social events, act as a residential venue for other groups and charities, develop
aquaculture, an edible plant nursery and much, much more!
Through volunteer planting days open to the whole community, and with the help of WWOOF volunteers hosted at Blaeneinion, work has started on planting around 40 acres of woodland. Thank you!!! to all our volunteers this winter :)
Over the winters of 2010 - 2012 we have planted around 15,000 native trees, and established an orchard of 90 fruit and nut varieties which will mature into a forest garden over the coming years - thanks Agroforestry Research Trust for all your advice!
This winter (2011/12) the planting scheme for the 10 acre pasture will incorporate many more edible species including walnut and chestnut, elder, wild pear, wild cherry and plum. We hope to create wildlife corridors throughout the wild wood by providing abundant fruit and seeds for animals and birds to feed on - get in touch if you would like to get involved.
Above: Planting plan for 2800 native trees that were planted between 15th Jan and 3rd Feb 2012
Below: Volunteers passionate about restoring areas of native broad leaf woodland to Wales work in all weathers. Many people get an enormous sense of achievement from planting trees.
Right: Elijah puts in a cane - this will support the young sapling in windy weather, and a plastic spiral is then placed around the young tree to protect it from hungry voles and rabbits.