Parc-y-dwr is the name given to our One Planet Development (OPD). It is a 7.5 acre site across two fields previously used for grazing and silage making. In Welsh, Parc-y-dwr means ‘place of water or field of water’ and is the old name for the smaller of the two fields due to it having a stream, well, spring and generally somewhat wet.
Our land based livelihood, which we must produce as a condition of our planning permission, will be derived from many small income streams. These include fruit, vegetables, nuts, Christmas trees, honey and other bee products, wood and willow products.
We are creating a completely off grid home and smallholding using permaculture principals, no dig methods, some mechanisation, also keeping animals and creating systems and methods to interlink all parts of the smallholding. Our house will be a larch framed roundhouse with straw bale walls and grass roof.
We have planted our biomass willow, basketry willow, blueberry area, Christmas trees, nut area, soft fruit, apple orchard and built the animal shelter and dug the flat pad for us to build our round house on. Our Jersey house cow, Sophie, is an integral part of our OPD and provides us with raw milk and lots of important cow muck.
This year (2019)…
We shall complete the first of our two polytunnels and will be growing many new vegetables and fruit. We have not had a polytunnel before so this will be a new adventure.
We have been making beds for growing fruit and vegetables outdoors too. These beds will be steadily extended during the year as much as we can manage while doing many other tasks.
Our livestock will increase with the addition of geese, chickens, ducks and possibly a couple of sheep.
On the building side of things we shall finish laying all the pipes and ducts in the ground for clean water, solar panel cabling, grey water, phone etc. An urgent item is to complete our track and entrance gateway. We shall build our compost toilet, grey water reed beds, build a basic workshop and start to build the house.
Plus the daily routine of milking the cow, making compost, tackling brambles etc etc….
To help with all the work we accept volunteers. Current facilities are “basic”. Please contact us.
We hold tours as an additional example of an OPD in the afternoons after the tours held at Lammas and a few other OPD’s. We shall provide simple refreshments. Please contact us via our Facebook page. This is laid out as a photo album such that you can navigate through the different projects. https://www.facebook.com/Parc-y-dwr-884932921516716/