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Conservation and Permaculture


Conservation and Permaculture at Orchard Therapeutic Farm:


At Orchard Therapeutic Farm, we place a strong emphasis on environmental stewardship and sustainable living practices. Our commitment to conservation and permaculture aligns with our holistic approach to education and the well-being of our young people. We believe that by nurturing a deep connection to the land, we can instil a sense of responsibility and respect for the natural world.


What We Do:


  • Permaculture Farming: Our farm is a living example of permaculture principles, where we work with nature to create a harmonious and sustainable ecosystem. We practice techniques such as companion planting, organic farming, and water conservation to minimise our environmental footprint.

  • Wildlife Habitat: We maintain areas dedicated to wildlife habitat conservation. These spaces encourage biodiversity by providing shelter and food sources for local wildlife. Students have the opportunity to observe and learn about native species.

  • Horticultural Projects: Our young people actively participate in horticultural activities, including planting and caring for fruit and vegetable gardens. These hands-on experiences teach them valuable skills while promoting sustainable agriculture.


Activities for Young People:


  • Composting: Students learn the importance of recycling organic waste to create nutrient-rich compost for our gardens. They actively participate in composting activities, turning waste into valuable resources.

  • Bird Watching: We have designated birdwatching areas equipped with binoculars and guides. Students can observe and identify various bird species, deepening their understanding of local ecosystems.

  • Pollinator Gardens: Young people are involved in creating and maintaining pollinator-friendly gardens to support essential insects like bees and butterflies. This fosters an appreciation for the vital role of pollinators in agriculture.

  • Nature Trails: We offer nature trails and guided walks, providing opportunities for students to explore the farm's diverse habitats, observe wildlife, and connect with the natural environment.

  • Tree Planting: As part of our conservation efforts, students participate in tree-planting activities. This hands-on experience helps them understand the role of trees in carbon sequestration and ecosystem health.

  • Water Conservation: Students are educated about water conservation practices and have the chance to assist in rainwater harvesting systems and irrigation management.

By integrating conservation and permaculture principles into our educational programmes, we aim to inspire our young people to become environmentally conscious and responsible global citizens. These activities not only enrich their learning experiences but also empower them to contribute positively to the world around them.