Permaculture Orchards & Forest Gardening

At Brook End we have inherited a small orchard with a number of fruit trees and a variety of apples. During this focus of the output period I wanted to explore how to best use this space which is designed to be less maintenance than other areas.

To fulfil this design challenge I looked at examples of orchard re-designs including Permalot in the Czech Republic and the 5 acre orchard renovation designed by Ethan Roland from Appleseed Permaculture and his intern team. Both designs indicated that forest gardening is the key design strategy when working with established fruit trees or as Andy Goldring CEO of the Permaculture Association describes, 'the eco-functional intensification of orchards'.

This led me to explore the aims and features of forest gardens and look at species choice in UK example sites Old Slenningford Farm and Harlow Carr in Yorkshire. From this I identified aims for our Brook End orchard, the full details of which an be found here.

The process is clear:

Identify design challenges > Seek examples > Recognise how principles & design thinking have been applied > Personalise to own situation

Details

Output 3: Designing for Family Resilience

Output Overview

Output Overview

Introduction

Introduction

1. Design Processes

1. Design Processes

2. Observe & Interact

2. Observe & Interact

3. Designing from Patterns to Details

3. Designing from Patterns to Details

- Nutritional Resilience

- Nutritional Resilience

- Medicinal Resilience

- Medicinal Resilience

- Indoor Ecosystems

- Indoor Ecosystems

- Permaculture Orchards

4. Catch & Store Energy

4. Catch & Store Energy

5. Obtain a Yield

5. Obtain a Yield

6. Designing for All Our Relations

6. Designing for All Our Relations

7. Creatively Using & Responding to Change

7. Creatively Using & Responding to Change

8. Learning Review & Pathway Reflection

8. Learning Review & Pathway Reflection

Conclusion

Conclusion

Appendices

Appendices

- Design Tools

- Design Tools

- Resource Review

- Resource Review