Monday, 14 May 2007

Offshoots Permaculture Project, Burnley

Offshoots in Burnley is a community project which provides a working example of how a successful garden can flourish using green technologies in this modern age. It was set up in 1997 in what was the walled, kitchen garden of Towneley Hall and features solar and wind powered buildings, a kiln for making charcoal, a wildlife pond and reed bed, compost toilet, cob building with oven, organic vegetable production, tree nursery, community composting project, backyard demonstration and bee keeping.

On a much smaller scale, there is a local sustainable living initiative called Grow-Our-Own (GO2) which I keep meaning to get involved in. They provide help and support for people in Norwich to encourage them to grow their own food in an allotment space or in their own garden as well as running a Pick You Own scheme for those who can't.

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