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BFAS Design Cover Sheet

BFAS Design Cover Sheet

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BFAS Design Cover Sheet
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Design Cover Sheet 
Title of Design
Brook Farm Animal Sanctuary
Dates of Design
26 – 29 February 2013
Design Brief
Brook Farm Animal Sanctuary is a 10-acre sanctuary for rescued farm and domestic animals in Northamptonshire. The original driver of the design was that the sanctuary had received a grant from the Woodland Trust for 400 trees and they were seeking advice as to where would be best to place them. Being a long-term friend/contact in the animal liberation movement, I offered my support in solidarity and visited the sanctuary in February 2013 for three days to undertake an intensive design process. It was clear that the site had to be assessed holistically before making suggestions and so I aimed to support the sanctuary with a basic design and recommendations. The desired yields were to know where to plant the trees, increase biodiversity, and help with water movement and soil erosion on the site. However the design process yielded more than this, exceeding the clients and my own expectations.
How this design meets the Assessment Criteria: Demonstrating Design Skills 
Overview of Design Process
Survey
 
Undertook pre-site research online, looking at their website and local data e.g. climate data
 
Had a two hour site tour, followed by a full day of surveying
 
Undertook an evening of client interviews and many more conversations over the three days
 
Drew base map & researched background site information Analysis
 
Applied permaculture analysis tools (see
Design tools & techniques used 
). Design
 
Prepared concept plan & presented to clients on the morning of day three
 
Spent the remainder of day three preparing the final design report and folder of resources after listening to client feedback Implementation
 
Delivered design report with appendices of useful information & resources Evaluation
 
Had several texts and emails since about tree planting and thanks
 
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 dog waste, soil building, perennials & trees for biomass
 
 
Obtain a Yield – Safety, food and shelter for animals. Vegan awareness. Water capture. Low maintenance edible flowers, perennials and very select salad crops. Medicinal and culinary herbs. Fruit bushes. Orchard. Willow & hazel coppice for small-scale firewood production. Personal yields for volunteers and visitors.
 
Apply self regulation & accept feedback – monitoring for long term trends, low
 
 
maintenance spaces
 
 
Use & value renewable resources & services – water butts, planting plans for bees & beneficial insects, reclaimed building materials, soil care and protection. Optimising use of animal manure and outputs in system.
 
 
Produce no waste – compost system re-designed, reclaimed materials
 
 
Design from patterns to details – sector analysis, rotational grazing, water movement
 
 
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 field boundaries to create habitat, ponds with optimum edge, planting along edges and paths for erosion control & fodder
 
 
Creatively use & respond to change – implementation plan, feedback from client & reassurance that everything changes, greater resilience for climate change
 Ethics
 
Earth care – encouragement of organic, permaculture, approaches, compost systems, increased self-reliance, increased perennial plantings, welfare of animals, vegan awareness, optimising recycled materials, soil building & habitat creation
 
People care – designing to meet client needs, save time & energy and reduce burnout, optimum nutrition, designing for low maintenance & safe space
 
 
Fair shares – optimising land use/small scale intensive systems, creating community connections
 
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
Initial outcomes for client:
 
New vision for regenerative land use that could support more animals in the long run
 
Increased awareness & understanding of permaculture design process
 
Energy savings by plugging spirals of erosion e.g. paddock erosion, money Personal & professional outcomes for myself:
 
Increased confidence in consultancy process especially in such an intensive period
 
Relationships strengthened
 
Feeling of usefulness in being able to serve the animal liberation movement through design
 
Design addition to portfolio
 
Increased awareness of time investment in consultancy work
 
Greater understanding of ecological roles and needs of animals
Evaluation Summary
What went well:
 
Design process: my restricted time period meant that I had to ruthlessly prioritise the design tools I used and I felt these served me well, generating a design that the client appreciated and was ‘wowed’ by that will hopefully continue to be

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