The Lions Gate (ScotLAND Learner)

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

Interactive permaculture gardens and outdoor labs.

About the project
The Lions Gate is a new urban permaculture project initiated and supported by the School of Computing and the Estates Department of Edinburgh Napier University at Merchiston Campus. The project has been set up to explore how permaculture and digital interaction, can be blended in ways that:
 
  • foster reflection on the interconnectedness of healthy eco-systems
  • generate research into humankind’s relationship with nature
  • through natural philosophical narratives linking technology and nature, and via an ancient-futures perspective (Norberg-Hodge) - develop inspiring, playful, empirical, sustainable actions and experiences that benefit mind, body and the environment.
 
Still in it's early stages The Lions Gate is developing the following:
 
a rooftop kitchen allotment
a digital bothy
an orchard
a food forest
ponds
sensory garden
social spaces
performance spaces
off-grid digital systems
renewables systems
circular economies
augmented reality interpretations of permaculture
accessible pathways
and much more
 
We've developed a volunteer policy and are ready to welcome participants.
 
We're also keen to seek research projects from diverse fields and make connections with projects from around the world.
 
At present we work on Mondays and Thursdays but as the days lengthen other times to get involved will be offered.
Project Dates
Project start date: 
October, 2016
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
15
Number of people text: 
We've been working with volunteers, undergraduate and masters students, local businesses, groups and charities. We're also supported by the university's mind, body and environment committee. We're always looking to integrate people where we can.
Areas of Activity: 
Low impact development
About area of activity: 
We intend to look at all areas of activity; building, water harvesting, growing, renewables, digital, social systems etc.
Permaculture Details: 
We use permaculture principles and ethics to guide the development of all components of the gardens.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Callum Egan
Telephone number: 
07729333151
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
Project membership
Member Project: 
1
Data transfer from previous site
Data verified: 
0
Location verified: 
0

Garden Cottage

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

This was the first registered LAND project through ScotLAND. We welcome visitors on open days as specified on the website or by prior arrangement otherwise.

About the project

A thirty year old forest garden (the longest standing intentional food forest garden in Britain according to Permaculture Magazine) fully equipped as a teaching space with major improvements to our household in terms of energy efficiency. Last year (2018) we have grown over a tonne of food in a fifth of an acre (800 sq metres or .08 of a hectare). Peak yield has been 1.25 metric tonnes of food. This is a yield rate pro-rata of 16 tonnes a hectare, twice what even the best chemical farmers produce here. For the last many years we have also produced our own firewood and half our electricity, and operated a working plant and tree nursery in the same space. We are now changing that arrangement as we are getting older, but the garden is still highly productive. We continue to teach courses here and off site. Our main expertise and interest are Permaculture Design (introductory, full design course, and advanced), Forest Gardening, Food Preservation and Permaculture Training of Teachers.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
July, 1990
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
8
Areas of Activity: 
Earth Care
People Care
Fair Shares
Design Principles
Built Environment
Energy conservation and efficiency
Passive Solar
Settlement types and design
Low impact development
Sustainable building and construction
Biotechture
Building retrofit
Construction materials and processes
Water in the built environment
Water in the home and garden
Culture & Education
Adult education
Community learning
Participatory arts and music
Celebrations and events
Learning and thinking skills
Action Research
Reading Landscape
Spirit of Place
Passing on knowledge
Teaching
Finance & Economics
Sustainable livelihoods
Business types
Fair trade
Trading skills
New economics
Green economics
Health & Wellbeing
Diet & Nutrition
Preserving and storing food
Physical well being
Cycle of life
Dying with Dignity
Parenting
Vision and purpose
Spirituality
Rest, play and sleep
Land & Nature Stewardship
Composting
Biodiversity
Climate
Community growing and urban agriculture
Ecology
Forest Gardening
Gleaning & Wild harvesting
Gardening techniques
Seed Saving
Landscape types
Strategies for arid landscapes
Mushrooms
Nature conservation and management
Regeneration and succession
Plants
Seas and oceans
Trees, woodland, forestry
Soil
UK habitats
Domestic energy systems
Recycling and waste processing
Reducing consumption
Renewable Energy
Solar power
Photovoltaics
Reuse & recycling
Transport and mobility
Bicycles and rickshaws
Buses, trams and trains
Permaculture Details: 
As the first diploma holder in the UK (1990) we have thirty years expereince of inegrating Permaculture Design in every aspect of our lives. We have still ways to go and are still learning. Right now our main interest is in sharing what we know with those coming after.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Graham Bell
Telephone number: 
01890 88 2448
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Data transfer from previous site
Data verified: 
0
Location verified: 
0