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Greenacres Design Cover Sheet

Greenacres Design Cover Sheet

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Published by: WildHeartPerm on Dec 18, 2012
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Design Cover Sheet 
Title of Design
Dates of Design
February - April 2012
Design Brief 
Greenacres is a smallholding on the Somerset Levels managed by Andy Harrison. The aim of this design was to work with the client to find ways of manifesting Andy’s diverse ideas andvisions for the site in a way that were achievable and appropriate. My role as a designer wasto plug some of the knowledge gaps of Andy’s around land management in order to optimisehis relationship with the site. The desired yields were increased self-reliance especiallyrelating to food production and the creation of a space for rest and spiritual connection tothe land to support his creative work as an artist.
How this design meets the Assessment Criteria:Demonstrating Design Skills 
Overview of Design Process
Received query from Client Andy Harrison, seeking some support for ways forwardfor his land 5/2/12
Initial site visit & introductions 19/2/12
Design Questionnaire & site survey 11/3/12
Drew base map & researched background site informationAnalysis
Applied permaculture analysis tools (see
Design tools & techniques used 
Prepared concept plan & met up with client to discuss
Prepared final design & design report after listening to client feedback Implementation
Delivered design report with appendices of useful information & resourcesEvaluation
Checked in regarding implementation 6 months later
Evaluated my own design process
Use of Permaculture Ethics, Principles & Theory
See final design report. In summary:
Observe & Interact – site survey, research, design questionnaire, client observations
Catch & Store energy – rainwater harvesting, composting systems including for dogwaste, soil building, perennials & trees for biomass
Obtain a Yield – Extensive edible landscaping, coppice, therapeutic yields
Apply self regulation & accept feedback – monitoring for long term trends, lowmaintenance spaces
Use & value renewable resources & services – water butts, planting plans for bees &beneficial insects, reclaimed building materials, soil care
Produce no waste – compost system re-designed, reclaimed materials
Design from patterns to details – sector analysis, overall spiritual vision for designpattern
Integrate rather than segregate – areas linked with paths & waste systems
Use small & slow solutions – Feasible, long-term implementation plan
Use & value diversity – diverse plant species and families, succession planting &season coverage, diverse habitats and functions for land
Use edges & value the marginal – optimising garden borders to create habitat, pondswith optimum edge, paths & circular beds
Creatively use & respond to change – implementation plan, feedback from client &reassurance that everything changes, greater resilience for climate change
Earth care – encouragement of organic, permaculture, no-dig gardening approaches,compost systems, increased self-reliance, increased perennial plantings, welfare of companion animal, optimising recycled materials, soil building & habitat creation
People care – designing to meet client needs, spiritual & therapeutic yields, optimumnutrition, designing for low maintenance & safe space
Fair shares – optimising land use/small scale intensive systems, creating communityconnections
Design Tools & Techniques Used
Sector analysis
Zone analysis
David Holmgren’s Principles
Functional analysis
Spirals of erosion
Inputs/outputs analysis
 How this design meets the Assessment Criteria:Learning from, and developing your permaculture practice 
Effectiveness of Design & Design Outcomes
Outcomes for client:
Achievable vision and implementation plan
Increased awareness & understanding of permaculture design process
Energy savings by plugging spirals of erosion e.g. unnecessary weedingEffects on land management:
Living willow windbreak fences planted thrived
Sheet mulched vesica pisces potager garden area
Restricted size of vegetable area to make more manageable
Planted apple trees
Have increased ‘weed management’ via orchard groundcover & mowing
Implemented wild/set-aside areas of habitat
Cottage garden flower areas thriving (mixture of perennials and wildflowers)
More wetland and native plants planted in wetland areasPersonal & professional outcomes for myself:
Increased confidence in consultancy process
Financial reward
New relationship/increased local connections
Design addition to portfolio
Increased awareness of time investment in consultancy work 
Greater understanding of peat extraction and wetland management
Evaluation Summary
What went well:
Site survey: good chance to use triangulation to measure fruit trees already planted.More systematic approach to site survey allowed me to process information faster &more effectively.
Client relationship: Andy was extremely kind, creative, open to ideas and drew

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