Case Study 8: FSC Margam - Design Summary
On behalf of The Apricot Centre, Bob Mehew lead a course in facilitated permaculture design course over a weekend at Margam Discovery Centre for the Field Studies Council. This is the resulting design.
The overall vision for the design and background can be found in the design write-up on the Design page and will therefore not be repeated here.
The design process (SADIM) can be followed via the links at the top of the page to step through the process through to the actual design.
This was a major step change in Bob's development as a permaculture practitioner for the following reasons:
The design presented the very significant challenge in that there was a network of drains on the site. After much time was spent researching and trying to pinpoint the drains (so as to avoid planting anything deep-rooted above them), in the end the drains were located via the use of divining rods. Employing these earlier on would have saved significant time.
Pictures of the site and design
Principles and Ethics
Princples and Ethics are not specifically mentioned in the design as this is a client facing document. However they were introduced at the beginning of the course and then used explicitly throughout as the design was produced.
The SADIM design process was used and can be followed by clicking on the above links.
Use of design tools can be viewed on the Survey and Analysis pages of this site.
The design is being implemented in 2015, using the implementation plan in the Design write-up as guidance.
Evaluation of Effectiveness
This can be viewed on the maintenance page via the client feedback we received on the design and the overall process
Skills Development and Understanding of Permaculture
Bob lead the group through the following specific exercises and honed his permaculture skills as a result: