The Learning And Network Demonstration network is comprised of permaculture demonstration sites, set up to show permaculture in a safe, accessible and inspiring way. Currently England, Scotland and Wales have LAND sites, but as Northern Ireland has traditionally been part of Permaculture Ireland, we don’t have any (yet). What we decided was that there seems no reason that we couldn’t have a LAND site under the auspices of Permaculture UK (as we’re part of the UK), and then use it as a starting point to roll out similar LAND sites (IreLAND, anyone?) into the rest of the island of Ireland.
Having reached agreement in principle from Andy Goldring at Permaculture UK, we approached the core group of Permaculture Gathering Ireland (of which we are a part) who agreed that yes this is a great idea. Funding for administering LAND sites ran out some time ago, so our application and inspection have to be self funded – something we think is well worthwhile to get this moving in Ireland.
Our next step is to put in a formal application and ensure that we meet all the criteria – Hannah Mole of Earthcare Design is going to evaluate our application, so we’ll be working hard over the next couple of months to pull that together and get Hannah up to see how we’re doing. Our whole site design will form part of the application and several of my Diploma designs will form an integral part of the work we do as a LAND centre.
With any luck we’ll be certified by spring, so watch this space.