“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple”
As rewilding often commandeers land that has previously been compromised by intensive, unsustainable and ecologically damaging agriculture, the obvious question is then: how are we to feed ourselves, especially as the climate and biodiversity crises progress?
Since 2022 I have been gradually planning and developing a long neglected roughly 1.6 acre walled garden at Bamff, which until 2021 was largely dominated by cattle and sheep farming for half a century. This has led to me becoming a student of permaculture, and applying its principles and techniques there as much as possible.
The variety of produce being grown in the garden is constantly expanding, with an emphasis on experimentation and resilience.
Permaculture as a subject or philosophy goes further than simply exploring how we can grow our food, as it also tackles the activities that take place on the peripheries of our gardens, veg beds or greenhouses – into and around our homes and then beyond into the community. Hence the ambitions of the walled garden exceeds simply the exploration of plant/veg growing, serving also as inspiration for the myriad possibilities extending beyond its boundaries.