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Avalon Permaculture Gardens is a five acre permaculture smallholding. Starting in 1998, Andy and Ella Portman have turned what was an overgrazed horse paddock into a diverse and productive feast of naturally growing gardens, orchards, meadows, native trees - a rich and natural biodiversity.
The site has been developed as a permaculture and personal growth centre to teach and demonstrate many aspects of sustainable living. This is a response to the ecological crisis facing us, a place to show that we, as humans can live lightly on the Earth, in harmony with her.
Here, Andy and Ella live simply, close to the earth - with a low carbon footprint, producing their own energy from sun and wind. They grow a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs - all in an edible landscape where following permaculture principles nature is followed as the model. There's a large polytunnel and the main teaching space is a multi-purpose greenhouse made entirely out of salvaged double-glazing units. Virtually all waste is recycled or composted, including human via a compost loo, and there is biological grey water reed bed system for recycling water.