Creatively Using & Responding to Change
Making Design Decisions
Making design decisions can feel daunting, will your interventions prove effective? To make this an achievable process I summarised my design decisions at the end of my area focused page, for example on this sewage management page. This means I can now summarise my design decisions and refer to them when needed. They can also play a role in indicating the next actions of the implementation plan. Find a link to the full summary of Brook End Design Decisions here.
I have used a number of design tools throughout my project reports about Brook End. You can find a summary of these design analysis tools here. You can also read how I've design to apply permaculture principles here.
During this output period I have experimented with several formats for implementation plans, from GANTT charts to complicated tables, however I have realised what we really need is something simple and readable that covers the project at a strategic level. Detailed 'next actions' then give us focus for immediate tasks to achieve the plan. You can read my implementation plan here.
Brook End Next Actions
Order water butts for greenhouse rainwater harvesting system
Order drip hose irrigation for pollytunnel
Apply for LAND Centre status with the Permaculture Association
*Finish Brook End website *Upload Brook End Design Work to WHP website
Research costs of fruit cages & order most affordable
Decide cultivation schedule for 2012
Contact Vegan Organic Network RE becoming VON centre
Decide which plants to cultivate and integrate at Brook End based on design decisions including:
*Early maturing fruit varieties *Local drought tolerant species *Multifunction groundcover in orchard *Nitrogen fixing species in orchard * Bee & insect forage species *Woodland bulbs *More diverse leaf crops *Potato alternatives *Citrus fruits for pollytunnel *Soya beans/pulses in temperate climates *Antibiotic species *Medicinal succulents *Other medicinal plants *Soft fruit for orchard & fruit cage *Perennial vegetables *Logs for mushroom cultivation *Edible flower species *Chicken forage in orchard *Salad varieties
Do pond, constructed wetland & stream restoration learning & research