Landscape Plan

The community’s landscape design is based on the principles of environmental and ecological diversity, productive landscape and permaculture.

The ecovillage has 67 acres of land which has three broad uses – residential, woodland and farmland. In addition to the nursery, apple treewalk, and edible landscaping around the buildings, 17,000 trees were planted in the community woodland during 2011.

60 regional varieties of apple tree are growing in the nursery and thousands of trees grafted in the nursery have been planted throughout the estate in 2012. This is complemented by various varieties of herbs and fruit bushes as part of the community’s edible landscape plan. The project’s landscape plan uses mainly native species with important exceptions for plants that suit local conditions such as illiagnus, crab apple and plum. It is considered that lime trees (given the historic association of them with Cloughjordan) and beech trees (given their multiple advantages) will be promoted also.

Woodland

In line with our Land Use policy, one third of the ecovillage is be devoted to woodland. The woodland area covers 6.1 hectares with more than 17,000 trees, mainly native species such as oak, ash, scot’s pine, birch, rowan, cherry, hazel and alder  with small amounts of sweet chestnut and other non native species.  The land is fenced to protect the young trees from animal damage but there will be gates and clearings and paths shaped through the woodland and we also plan to have a continuos loop of pathway/cycleway running around the entire boundary. 

A number of clearings are included in the plan; a labyrinth has been laid out in one and others will contain art and spaces to relax and recharge in nature. The woodland provides a haven for biodiversity, an educational resource, some coppicing and some food and a wonderful leisure amenity as well.

 A forest garden is planned on the edge of the woodland area where it will be possible to grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, other useful plants in a way that mimics natural ecosystems.

Allotments

Allotments are available on request for householders who wish to grow their own food. Standard plots measure 100m² but larger or smaller plots may be allocated where required. They are clustered together to the east of the site, to allow for the easy sharing of tools and skills. For those who aren’t green fingered, organic food growing courses are regularly held.

Community Gardens and Native Tree Circle

There are four areas of community garden in the project. Nearby residents work together and plan the character of the garden, sun spot or meditation space. Each design is informed by permaculture zoning principles. Another aspect of the woodland areas is a new native tree circle, created using rowan, silver birch, wild cherry and whitebeam.