Permaculture Design Consultants in Hampshire

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Permaculture design consultants in Hampshire

Hampshire is a county based in the South of England and bordering the home to Alona Permaculture Design Consultants.

Alona Permaculture design, assist and manage edible sustainable landscapes. Permaculture is a natural way of managing land, from a garden to a large farming enterprise.

Permaculture Design Consultants in Hampshire provide the perfect solution to sustainable farming, food growing, soil restoration and regeneration as well as providing solutions and services that support harmonious relationships with humans and nature.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a system that was created Bill Mollison and David Holmgren that uses nature’s resources to allow us to work in a symbiotic relationship and in harmony with each other.

A carefully and skillfully designed permaculture project can yield far more crops than commercial methods by working in a symbiotic relationship.

Permaculture is an organic natural way of producing a sustainable and self-sufficient environment, where people can enjoy delicious, nutritious food without the use of synthetic chemicals.

Permaculture Training Courses in Hampshire offer land owners, home owners and farmers the knowledge and skills to implement there own design that can be used on their land in Hampshire.

However, a 2 week intensive course at £3,000 and above is perhaps too costly, and too time consuming for some people, therefore, employing the services of a Permaculture Design Consultant in Hampshire is a better option.

 

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What does a Permaculture Design offer you?

The Permaculture design consultant in Hampshire begins with a site visit. Either to your home, smallholding, commercial premises, or farm. The first task is asking questions to understand your objectives and expectations when designing a natural environment for food and wildlife to flourish.

Once an understanding of expectations has been established, the Permaculture Designer will assess the land, carrying out topographical surveys, wind and solar path evaluations, flood, existing buildings and gradients etc.

By analysing this factors, the Permaculture designer has a better understanding of risks, and benefits the land can provide for the design.

For example, it may be that the land has a natural depression, where a pond can be constructed with less effort. Or, it may be that the land is exposed on higher ground, meaning wind protection measures must be implemented to protect future crops.

Soil is also tested to understand how fertile it may be and what measures should be taken to provide the ultimate balance of nutrients.

Wildlife activity is also taken into account when designing a Permaculture project, which will greatly benefit the Permaculture Design as a whole.

Permaculture Zones and What They Mean.

Zones are used in permaculture to provide the placement of benefitcal areas and functions, which then offers a much more efficient system for the Landowner.

Permaculture Zone 0

Zone 0 in a Permaculture Design in Hampshire, is the hub, the home or dwelling, the office, or the yard, or it may even be as simple as a caravan. Zone 0 in permaculture is the social area, a base, where the owner sleeps, eats, socilaises and maintains hygiene. It’s also the area where food is prepared, canned, dried and processed. Zone 0 in permaculture is more often than not, referred to as the home, or office.

However, zone 0 in permaculture doesn’t necessarily mean it must be placed in the centre of the design. Zone 0 can be anywhere within a Permaculture design as all other zones do not need to fan out in a concentric pattern. Zones can be any shape, they can overlap (to compliment and benefit each other) and they can be designed to create beautiful natural shapes. Remember, there are no straight lines in nature!

Permaculture Zone 1

Zone 1 in a Permaculture design becomes the least travelled area where herbs and daily kitchen essentials should be grown. It is where water can be collected, where power is obtained (stand alone solar panels, or a wind turbine) and storage for tools is provided.

In Zone 1, it is where your greenhouse should be constructed, and where compost can be produced. Of course, for larger designs, there can be additional functions that would normally only exist in zone 1 that can be spread about the land, such as compost bins. Zone 1 is also the area where storage buildings should be constructed.

Permaculture Zone 2

Zone 2 of a Permaculture Design will become an area for keeping poultry, where dense planting will be carried out, such as planting vegetables, it is where small Livestock will be kept, such as pigs and sheep. Zone 2 in Permaculture is also the area where a pollytunnel should be erected.

A pollytunnel will provide protection from Foraging animals and shelter from the weather as well as warmth for plants, ensuring a higher success rate. Zone 2 in permaculture is also the area best used for planting an Orchard, which will provide fruits and nuts.

Permaculture Zone 3

As Permaculture Design Consultants in Hampshire, UK, when we design Zones 3 we have to be mindful of the space we have available. Some designs do not allow us to implement or recommend all the functions of a typical design. For example, it may not be possible to have cow’s and sheep in your back garden!

Zone 3 in a Permaculture Design will be where the main storage is often housed for water. It is where sheep’s and cow’s can be kept, and it is also where the main crops will be grown such as, wheat, barley and corn.

Permaculture Zone 4

When designing zone 4 in a Permaculture Design, we consider forested areas, this may be an area for planting tress for producing fencing, furniture, firewood etc, or it may be an opportunity to grow a food forest using species such as apple, pear, and nut varieties.
It’s an area for Foraging as well as an area where dams can be constructed or even a pond to encourage and promote wildlife activity.

Permaculture Zone 5

Zone 5 of a Permaculture Design may not be able to be implemented into most designs depending on the size of the land. Zone 5 is seen as a Wilding area. An area where we go to observe, take only what is in abundance and an area where wildlife is left undisturbed.

Areas such as this are important to the design as a whole, to allow the system to work harmoniously. Wildlife is left undisturbed and can greatly benefit the balance of the ecosystem.

Hand Drawn Permaculture Designs

A typical hand drawn permaculture design appears to hold more charm and personality than a digital design, it is more traditional and true to the meaning of working with nature by using natural methods.

Being as permaculture can exist without access to “the grid”, therefore the whole process can be completed without WiFi, or a computer, the option to use hand drawn permaculture designs makes sense and is good practice if ever our connection to the digital world is severed, permanently or temporarily.

Most of today’s professional designers use digital machines to produce their designs, some have only ever been taught to design using computers and therfore may struggle somewhat if they had no other choice but to revert to traditional method of paper, pencils and pens. That’s not to say that they can’t but those that practice permaculture and use traditional methods perfect there techniques over time, producing some remarkably beautiful designs.

However, a Permaculture design does not have to be a work of art, indeed, it does look impressive when hung on the wall. The hand drawn permaculture design needs only to be functional, practical and easy to understand for the construction team or the owner.

The core of any design to ensure it can be understood and not confusing.

What Are Permaculture Ethics

The core ethics of Permaculture first originated from Bill Mollison’s study of indigenous practice.

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Earth Care

Permaculture uses natural systems that work in harmony with nature rather than in competition with it. Using natures environment and resources productively, we minimise the impact and devastation caused to our earth.

Permaculture is a set of beliefs and understanding, a far more pleasant way of managing our lives by everyday decisions we make. People who practice permaculture come from all walks of life, from those who desire to live off grid, to lawyers, doctors, vets and anyone with a passion to be kinder to our planet. It is not a political movement or activist group, it is simply a way of life that cares for the earth at ground level and a system that really works.

People Care

Providing a safe and healthy society in what has become a rich world simply doesn’t work. People care is about helping each other, as opposed to creating a divide between the rich and the poor. We should all look out for each other. Hierarchy, power and leadership should never place people in poverty. Permaculture offers balance and equality but with different meanings to what may have been taught by state education.

Fair Share

By governing our own needs, living within limits and consciously co-creating, we can create surplus resources to further the other key permaculture ethics (Care for the Earth,  and Care for People).

Whether our resources are becoming limited or not (depending on what you read!) we must consider that everyone has an entitlement to a fair share. Nobody has a right to restrict movement or restrict resources in an effort to control communities and thus forcing them to congragate into cities and towns. We all have a right to exercise our rights to a free and unrestricted land.

Permaculture offers a life line for those who once thought that they have no alternative option other than to follow the crowd. Permaculture offers a blueprint, an instruction manual to a better, more harmonious and well balanced life, just as nature intended. We originated from nature, therefore we belong to nature.

In essence, we are healthy wild animals being rounded up and forced to live in a zoo, forced to do things we don’t want to do and made to perform in order that our bosses/owners can lead an extravagant lifestyle. We all know what happens to animals in zoos…

For more information please contact us for a free consultation for a Permaculture design.

Permaculture design consultants in Hampshire

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