We get asked a lot of questions about permaculture design and our consultation services, so here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions we receive.

Permaculture (permanent agriculture) can be understood as the growth of agricultural ecosystems in a self-sufficient and sustainable way. This form of agriculture draws inspiration from nature to develop synergetic farming systems based on crop diversity, resilience, natural productivity, and sustainability

Originally developed by Bill Mollison in the 1970’s in Australia and later supported by David Holmgren, it was a way of forming a sustainable environment by using the resources available to us that exist in nature.

Permaculture designs incorporate natural and organic methods of sustainability by using ecologically sound ideas. Because no chemicals are used, none of the ecosystems is damaged, in fact, it’s the opposite. Permaculture allows for the CO2 to be managed, for the wildlife to return and for nature to support and assist us, rather than working against us. Even the food we grow within these designs is packed full of nutrients, they are healthier than any other alternative.

Absolutely not, in fact, most of what you need is available on your land. Once established there is rarely any need to bring in anything from outside the design. It becomes a sustainable and self-sufficient environment that regenerates, including the food you will grow,

We can yes, if you would like us to manage the project or any development work and oversee that the design is carried out correctly we can offer this service to you from start to finish.

We can, yes. If you would like us to maintain the design/project for you we can. This is suitable for commercial land or corporate areas where the client prefers us to carry out regular maintenance to ensure the design continues working as it was intended.

Absolutely, get in touch and we can discuss your requirements.

Yes, we do, get in touch and we can discuss your requirements.

Yes, Chris has over 25 years of business development experience and can offer this as a service. Vicky is also a qualified bookkeeper who has gained experience in farming/agriculture and provides help and support for keeping your accounts up together.

The cost of a permaculture design varies depending on the size of the project. We will support any size project, large or small, from an urban garden to creating a thriving community in remote areas.

In terms of cost, it is better to contact us and we can talk you through the options to meet your budget.

This depends on several factors, such as the complexity of the design required by the client, the size of the land or plot and the features that are to be included.

As an example, a permaculture design for an urban garden for a four-bedroom house would usually take 3 – 5 days including the consultation and client questionnaire.

The first step is to agree on some conditions and then we send you a client questionnaire to get an understanding of what is required, your expectations, family needs, circumstances etc, etc.

Once we have this and a better understanding of your requirements we schedule a consultation visit to your land, property or community. We spend a good deal of time advising and supporting your objectives and working to ensure any special requirements can be accommodated and achieved within the design.

Once we have all this information we then go away and create the design. Some changes may need to be made, and then we produce the final design, which will be used to create the project.

If you prefer, we can recommend our team of skilled workers to assist with making the design of the project become a reality.

Yes, Vicky is an expert on mobile and off-grid power systems using solar and wind, meaning we can also incorporate this into your design and design a complete system for you using Chris’s help as a qualified electrician to install it if you need us to.  We can also design water catchments, swales, water retaining gulley’s etc.

Yes, we can. If you are looking for a more conventional landscape garden we can design it for you. We do ensure that the design incorporates only natural resources and methods such as soil conditioning, regenerating or recovery and recommend and advise on organic home composting or alternatives such as vermicompost.

Yes, Chris spent over 25 years as a business consultant, marketing expert and business developer, as such he can provide a wealth of knowledge on how to increase profits or make a viable income from your land, which also helps with planning applications.

We can provide guidance on ecologically friendly properties see here.

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