Natural Earth Eco Living
To establish opportunities for everyone to be able to enjoy affordable eco housing living within the very palm of nature.
Affordable Eco Housing Living.
CreatIng affordable Eco Housing developments for people wanting to live in closer alignment with the earths natural living systems and to increase biodiversity and food security.
Forest Garden Eco Village Projects are designed to create a way of living that promotes living sustainably with nature, providing an increased food security and low cost living affordable eco housing.
Forest Garden Eco Living Projects will be working examples that can be adapted to different areas and different countries. We now have a way of living that can help preserve the earth and her resources.
We can create an opportunity for people to be able to live in Eco Villages that embrace these principles.
Graham Bell has the oldest established forest garden in Britain, Scotland. His plot is one fifth of an acre and produces more than a tonne of food per year and is the most wonderful example of what can be achieved in terms of food quality, quantity, and variety and is also an amazing example of how to increase biodiversity. The plot only takes around two days’ input a week.
“Can I commend you to make every garden and woodland you find as productive as this (his own forest garden). These will become our food banks of the future.” Graham Bell.
The Pilot Project would purchase a farm or suitable land and build up to approx. 40 living plots.
The first pilot project to include:-
Residents choose up to a maximum of 2.5 acres of permaculture plot - smaller and micro plots will be available. Each also includes planning consent for an Eco House, to be designed to require little or no heating with workshop space and garage, if required.
Retreat and Learning Centre to offer courses for locals residents, schools and people from wider afield
Natural Earth Schooling Centre.
Offering Forest School Based Learning.
Eco café and Eco Produce and Product Shop.
Natural Earth Healing Retreat Centre and Spa.
Nature Meadows and Flower gardens.
Wildlife Reserve and Animal sanctuary.
Plots are to include fruit trees, nut trees, ornamental trees, berry bushes, vegetables, herbs, flowering plants, green houses/polytunnels and pond eco house and workshop
Smaller plots will be available to suit people who wish to live in the low impact way, closer to nature but who do not wish to take on a two and half acre space they can specify size of plot.
Houses will be Eco houses, straw bale, hemp crete, wooden etc.
Whilst their design and size is not necessary limited the emphasis is more our connection with the outdoors rather than the size and grandeur of the property.
Whilst people live independently on their plot as in regular housing living there is the opportunity to come together as in regular living for helping and social connection.
Costs and things to consider:
The plots would be sold at approximately £25,000 (using ethical banking such as Triodos). Further costs and transitions of money would include:-
Cost of the building of individual house.
Installing of reed bed/water filtration system.
Solar panels/free energies when available.
Cost of water supply/electricity to be worked out.
Cost of planting the plot with trees and vegetation.
To establish plots would vary in cost, depending whether planting was from seeds or from already established plants. The plots would have upto 300 different varieties of fruit and nut trees, herbs, berry bushes, vegetables and flowers.
Cost of gardeners to plant up the stock and gardening instruction from permaculture advisor. Alternatively people can take up to five years to establish and build up the plot and the house. A cheaper slower option would be to grow from cuttings and seeds and the joy of taking time and slowly planting it up, our plot can be very satisfying.
The aim is to establish housing and living that is affordable, sustainable and also nourishing to mind, body and soul.
There will be training courses to help people to learn how to establish their own forest garden living area and also in learning how to preserve, store produce and seed save.
Aspects to each plot:
A large portion of the plot area will be devoted to an orchard space.
Each village plot to be encircled by a band of trees to encourage wild life.
Bees and hives can be used for honey and pollination. [Benign living beehives methods outlined].
The plots do not provide enough space for animal rearing other than for free range chickens, bee keeping maybe a few goats for a little milk and cheese. For people who eat animal product foods, the items can be purchased through the regular food suppliers or possible using adjoining land by the side of villages.
Local organic food vans could do house to house calls every few days to share any excess produce, which could also help reduce food waste, as people would be more likely to buy just what they need for a few days, instead of bulk buying from the supermarkets and food going off.
Forest Garden Eco Villages will include a Natural Earth Healing Retreat Center and Spa.
Healing with herbs, homeopathy and other holistic treatments [Conventional equipment used where necessary on similar lines to the Hippocrates Center, America.]
Nutrition - high in raw, forest foods, wild local plant foods to help achieve an alkaline diet.
Emotional healing therapies.
Healing through being in nature, flower gardens.
Workshops, group and individual treatments and sessions.
Spa and swimming pool area.
Garden and herb, therapy tuition.
Cookery and raw food preparation skills.
Also, within the Forest Garden Area there will be a learning retreat centre and café.
Giving - Cookery and raw food preparation, foraging, preserving and storing food skills.
Natural Earth Child Schooling System
Child Led Learning
Nature based learning
Children teaching each other
Experienced adults to bring in expertise when children show an interest in an area when necessary.
Nature deficit disorder is now being recognized for the impact it is having on the wellbeing of children and adults, which this way of living would certainly overcome.
“Our children no longer learn to read the great book of nature from their own direct experience or how to interact creatively with the seasonal transformations of the planet. They seldom learn where water comes from or where it goes. We no longer co-ordinate our human celebrations with the liturgy of the heavens.” - Wendy Berry.
We have to ask ourselves what kind of a world we are leaving our children. Also, what skills, knowledge and priorities have we passed onto them.
Some of the reasons to live this way:
The Forest Garden Eco Living Projects - reduced impact living approach - shows how we can help to increase the population in the countryside, without losing our countryside and at the same time increasing biodiversity. We can live in the countryside without using more concrete, building housing estates, or flats.
The reduced cost of living and people having access to their own food supply can allow people to live more naturally, taking away many main worries and stresses.
Britain was once 85% forest it is now approximately just over 3% forest, forest garden living can help to turn this around.
It is a low carbon producing way of living.
The move in health terms and sustainability is to eat as much food as possible from local home grown foods.
A recent study states that we have only one hundred harvests left in our soils as the mycelial fungal system is being broken down through over ploughing. Forest Gardening, permaculture and other low dig methods of growing do not destroy this fungal system to the same degree. The Eastleigh Study by John Reeves shows how a high mycelial level in the soil with organic growing methods produce increased levels of minerals. Forest Garden growing has a high mycelial network helped by the low dig way of growing.
Regular farming systems use high levels of pesticides; they add nitrogen and phosphates to the soils and they become depleted of other miner
Success Stories and Projects we Can Learn From:
Monty Don’s visit to Cuba shows a wonderful example of people growing organic vegetables and fruits in every little available space, even in cities. The people achieved food stability after economic instability hit the country and they were forced to start feeding themselves. This example can be replicated, in Britain and in other countries giving food security to all people, helping with rising food prices, the cost of living and would also be a security net in case of economic, world instabilities. I would suggest we move in this direction at the quickest pace. Land in towns, cities, villages and gardens can be used as well as the perimeters surrounding towns etc.
Thankfully, many such growing projects are already underway such as Hugh Fernely-Whittingstalls land share projects.
Pam Warhurst in her “Edible Landscape” projects in Sheffield have established food growing areas with great success, helping to create more resilient communities.
Warren Draper in Doncaster is helping to reverse poverty with permaculture food growing. Transition Town and many other projects have made great inroads in creating community resilience and food security for people. The Permaculture Magazine features worldwide uplifting projects showing the urgently needed movement in growing, and relearning how to live closer to the earth.
The work of Patrick Whitfield contributed so much to the permaculture movement and Martin Crawford’s, Forest Gardens and books give us great direction and inspiration.
There are waiting lists for allotments, so we need to access, more available land.
In Britain 87% of people have access to a garden, which would allow them to grow some foods, garden share and food swaps, even if people don’t have a large garden space it is surprising the amount and range of foods that can be grown in a regular sized garden.
In war time people have grown around 80% of the nation’s food needs.
The project will help to encourage food growing in people’s gardens and acquiring land spaces big or small for such projects.
Community Supported Agriculture allows opportunities for growing
Totnes Wellbeing Centre Larch Maxey has established food growing areas and foraging walks, and we can also connect with food banks to help supply healthy fresh foods for people.
Street parties, community bring and share meals and celebrations are also a great way of sharing food grown and people getting together without lots of expense, these are springing up all over the world.
“Pay as You Feel” Café, often from donated food (which may have gone to landfill), or grown foods, are emerging to help share food, not dependent on money.
Projects in Tanzania have created plots that are now producing bountiful harvests.” We want to bring it back to Eden. This land once had trees all over it. We want to heal the land.”
“This natural, gentle, systemic approach manages to restore both the environment and people’s lives.” - Heather Tomlinson.
Nature needs us as much as we need nature, nature reacts to us and we react to nature.
"Every plant, every blade of grass will react to you with love, and these plants, as living beings are capable of collecting for you all the best energies of the universe. They collect them for you. Plants feed on just more than the energy of the soil." - Anastasia the Ringing Cedars.
James Lovelock reintroduced the Gaia theory into western culture which recognises that the earth as self-regulating and not just a ball of resources for us to use up.
Gaia is the Greek name for living intelligent sacred earth.
More people actually live in cities and towns than live in the country side; Forest Garden Living would help to reverse this trend.
Our accounts each year, rather than being aimed at money and profits, should be directed towards our accountability to nature, environment, people and the animal species. Our profit would then be measured and equated in how much love, joy and harmony is crea
Quality of our Foods
We want every person in the world to have the highest of quality food. It is an injustice for high quality food to be exclusive to mostly people with more money
Forest Gardening, Agroforestry, permaculture, organic, biodynamic and foraged foods all contain vital and improved levels of vitamins and minerals. See Rutgers Organic University Stu
Forest Garden Living
‘Evidence is mounting to suggest the Amazon rain forest was in fact sculptured by people, a huge forest garden slowly and carefully shaped to create an eco-system that sustains itself and the humans who live in it.’‘
In the UK we can transform our mono-culture landscapes into vast polycultures – food forests formed of native edibles as well as plants that provide timber, fibers, medicines and eco-systems services.’ - Amelia Lake.
‘Many indigenous communities do not have a word for ‘wild’ they recognise themselves as part of nature, not separate from it. The wild should not be a place we visit it should be something we are, an integrated whole that includes humans.’ - George Monbiot.
“Humans need re-wilding just as much as places”. – George Monbiot.
“For all mans supposed accomplishments, his continued existence is completely dependent upon 6 inches of topsoil and the fact that it rains.” - Confucius.
LivIng in a way that causes the least harm to all life, animal, plant and man, has to be woven into all our ways of living.
Our Emotional Need for Nature
"I go into nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more.’ – John Burrows.
For the glory of the garden glorifieth everyone.’ – Rudyard Kipling.
From all corners of our thinking and living, from mental health to sustainability, the answer brings us back to living closer with nature
“Humans need re-wilding just as much as places”. – George Monbiot
Instead of being in a system that produces high stress and worries, easily leading people and countries into debt we should redirect our vision and energies into living and aligning with nature.
“Human beings long embedded within their environment, have always been sensitive to the meanings that surround them, those contained within plant communications, as with all communications, generate feelings in us in response. We know the touch of the world upon us, that we have been caressed by meaning.”
“The plants release the Earth’s subtle chemistries through their intertwined, interdependent synaptic feedback loops faster and more completely than researches or anyone, can write them down, their meanings pile one on top of another until the linear mind is overwhelmed. They shift the fabric of our world and touch us in ways too complex for our conscious mind to grasp. Nevertheless, we can grasp them- they come in gestalts to the attentive mind and caring heart, concise reflections of planet and earth inter-relationships. In knowledge whole and complete. The trees are the teacher of the law.”
"Chimpanzees actively test Aspilia plants for activity by holding a leaf in their mouth for extended periods of time before deciding to pick it or go onto another. As they sit, allowing VNO (vomeronasal organ) to analyse the chemical content of their chosen plant, in return the plant analyses the saliva of the chimpanzees. In a short period of time it begins altering its chemical production to enhance the necessary chemicals needed by the chimpanzees for healing." - Stephen Harrod Buhner.
What is being done to people, animals and the earth?
As our relationship with the earth has become fractured, so too have our lives become fractured. We are over stressed, over worked with increasing levels of mental health issues, many unnecessary physical illnesses, despite all our progress, society still struggles, another way has to be forged, built on gentleness, caring and respect for life. This gentle way of living takes great strength and courage to achieve.
"No-one knows what the long term effects will be of trashing the planet’s diversity, exterminating plants, animals and micro-organisms in an orgy of vandalism for a short term profit. One thing is certain it will not be to the benefit of human kind” - Tony Wardle.
Social and domestic breakdowns become lessened when we have a support system in place that ensures people have access to enough food, feel safe and secure. When families and individuals know that they are secure all our lives change for the better.
The Project also supports more forest gardening, permaculture, agroforestry, organic allotment areas around cities, towns and villages, wild growing, foraging, seed saving and tree and garden planting.
It is a crime, to me, that everyone is not able to step outside into some form of garden, it is especially sad for children.
Further projects could be introduced where farmers/landowners can participate in the project by selling off up to 50 acres of land for the Forest Garden Eco Living Projects. This would bring a cash amount for any struggling farmers. There would also need to be firm legislation to insure the integrity of the project is maintained and under no circumstances would the land be able to be sold off for regular housing developments/shop/retail/industrial developments.
The raping of the earth’s resources, the plundering of the seas, the destruction of the rain forests, the disrespect and cruelty to the earth, plant life, and animals and to man, has reached a peak. A new way of feeding ourselves, living a more fulfilling life has to be made, forest garden living helps to offer us this new way.
resilient sustainable living projects.
Reasons to move to Forest Garden Living Projects
In any event of world instability it is vital that people have local foods being grown, creating a worldwide local food network.
More local Forest Garden Projects would help to meet the recycling targets that are being introduced, charging for waste produced in a pay as you throw system from our homes.
With an increased need for food banks, for people, in so called well off countries, forest garden food space growing projects would be of great benefit too.
I suggest we need not remove man from nature to ensure nature’s survival, in fact man and nature should inter-twine. But man needs to refrain itself, retrain itself and its ways of living to no longer destroy nature, and then we may witness a way of living that has not yet been realised.
Over population in not necessarily a world’s curse but the manner in which we live on the earth is.
In so many instances in life we commit people, animals and the environment to a life of servitude not allowing them to live to their full potential of health and happiness.
Most of us feel that the world and life should have better, easier, less pain, worry, illness etc. I feel forest garden living can help us live the dream we have largely been denied.
What does it mean to be human? A true human being can be known because he truly cares, not just in word but in action. The true human being is magnificent in nature he is a creator and a manifester, but surely he is only truly great when he creates without harm and with respect.
“Establishing forest (garden) in most of the places people actually live is probably the most important step we can make to human survival”- Graham Bell.
The Forest Garden Eco Living Projects can help establish ways of people being able to feed themselves, no human being should have to worry about food and no one should have to go hungry
Many people want to feel more connected to the earth and to each other, no matter what their living situation may be, big garden or no garden. For most of us, myself included this is a new journey and there is a lot to learn, learning from each other, together we can make the way easier and more enjoyable.
For what are we
For what are we
Without the bird song
The rustling of the trees
The flowers that fill our senses
The pollen that feeds the bees,
For what are we
That we may have forgotten
That the earth is our garden, our home
Given to us, to protect
From all that destroys
But to share
With all life, animal, plant and man
For us to make beautiful.
For what are we if we have gained all the wealth
Fame and power
Of the world
But we have sold our soul
And the soul of people, animals and the earth.
-H. Louise Ashley.
To Apply to the Project
To apply to be part of these projects, complete an application form explaining your feelings for wanting to be part of Forest Garden Eco Living Projects and what steps you may have taken towards living in this way:
Buying organic food
Reading organic/biodynamic/permaculture/forest garden literature
Attending a gardening course
Growing vegetables/garden allotment
Or simply expressing your desire to live in a more low impact way, closer to nature, with food growing on your doorstep in an forest garden low dig fashion, which would be cared for/maintained ideally by yourself /family or permaculture gardener.
H. Louise Ashley. Poet and author, wisher of a better world.
“Survival in a Wounded World.” Poetry.
”Finding a New Way”
There is a website with information and space for people to share knowledge and give support to each other worldwide. We want the ideas to be inclusive to everyone. Organizations, companies, groups and individuals can link on here to help share the amazing work that they are doing- living, growing, working more in harmony with the earth and all that live on her.
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