Design Process

Our Design Process

Our designs begin well before ‘pen is put to paper’. The design process consists of several phases. We start with an initial consultation which is followed by a full survey of the site. 

Following the survey an in-depth analysis/assessment takes place. The concept design; developed with full client involvement, emerges out of this.

When the client is happy with the concept the master design plan is created.

A schedule of work for implementation is then drawn up. With agreement for who is to carry out what work. Suggested plant lists are also provided.

Finally a maintenance/monitoring plan is produced.

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Design Process
Design Process

For an overview see Edible Ecosystems You can also find some excellent books on the Recommended Books page.

Single Consultations

Professional Permaculture advice by telephone, Zoom or Skype.

  • Your questions answered
    If you would like to use a single consultation for advice on your project, you can ask us anything that you like.
     
  • Explore Your Options
    Utilising screen sharing with Zoom and Google Earth we can visit your property together, look at the resources that are already available and discuss the potential for transformation.
  • Brainstorm Your Client Briefing
    Initial consultations can also be used to examine what you want to achieve from your land. What your needs are and what resources you have available. Build an overall vision, i.e. ‘producing your own food’, and incorporate specific wishes such as introducing chickens or supplying your own water.
    This can then be used to move forward on to a Remote or On Site Design

For an overview see Edible Ecosystems You can also find some excellent books on the Recommended Books page.

Remote Permaculture Design

1 - Initial Consultation

Before your initial consultation we will need a projet brief from you: what your dream is, what are you hoping to achieve?  We will also need to know of any specific elements that you want to include in your project (i.e. hens or bees).

We will also need to obtain a good quality digital, topographical map of your project land.

A lot of this information will come from the booking questionnaire that you complete.

The Initial Consultation is our chance to ensure that all information is included and will take place via Zoom, on a pre-arranged date.

2 - Analysis

After conducting detailed research on the environmental, climatic and topographical  aspects of your project location, we will then consolidate all of the information gathered.

From this we will then produce a concept plan of your project with a detailed report.

This will be sent to you ahead of our 2nd Zoom consultation, giving you time to review it.

All Design work is carried out within a framework of Permaculture Ethics and Principles

3 - 2nd Consultation

Our 2nd Zoom consultation is the chance to go through the concept design, based on your brief and our research, making any necessary ‘tweaks’ to the design.

Options for any changes can be discussed and made where necessary.

Proposals for design options can be assessed and agreement reached on which version of the design will be taken forward.

4 - Final Design

The final design plan is then drawn up – this is done using vector graphic software.

The final plan is sent to you before a final review takes place. A comprehensive list of plants is also provided.

5 - Final Consultation, & Review

The final Zoom consultation takes place, allowing for small minor adjustments to be made.

An overall review and feedback from the process completes the design contract.

Due to the vast difference between projects, both in size and type, it is not possible to provide generalised quotes. Please complete our questionnaire and we will be able to provide a bespoke quote.

For an overview see Edible Ecosystems You can also get some inspiration from Design Elements

On Site Permaculture Design

Initial Consultation

Before your initial consultation we will need a projet brief from you: what your dream is, what are you hoping to achieve?  We will also need to know of any specific elements that you want to include in your project (i.e. hens or bees).

We will also need to obtain  a good quality digital, topographical map of your project land.

A lot of this information will come from the booking questionnaire that you complete. More will come from the detailed research on the environmental, climatic and topographical aspects of your project location that we will undertake before arriving on site.

The Initial Consultation is our chance to ensure that all information is included and will take place via Zoom, on a pre-arranged date.

On Site Design

When we arrive on site we will  have a concept plan with us, and be ready to get straight into the process of producing the final plan.

Maps and plans can be scanned and copied, notes of conversations about the design can be made (or recorded), and a comprehensive list of plants will be provided.

Implementation

Implementation is where things start to get done; trees and plants go into the ground, ponds and poly-tunnels get built.

If you would like us to undertake the implementation of your project for you, we can also quote for that.

If there is any specialist work that needs undertaking (ground work i.e. water pipes; tree surgery etc) we also have trusted specialist professionals who we work with.

We will also be more than happy to give you a quote to include their services.

We may occasionally be surprised by something that doesn’t work as planned. No matter how much thought, time and effort has been given to the design process. Only by implementing a plan can we learn how well it works in the real world. Plans are made to be flexible and designed to be adapted according to changing circumstances.

Due to the vast difference between projects, both in size and type, it is not possible to provide generalised quotes. Please complete our questionnaire and we will be able to provide a bespoke quote.

For an overview see Edible Ecosystems You can also find some excellent books on the Recommended Books page.

Designs For the Real World

“We can listen to what the system tells us, and discover how its properties and our values can work together to bring forth something much better than could ever be produced by our will alone.We can’t control systems or figure them out. But we can dance with them!” Donella Meadows, author of ‘Thinking In Systems’

Get some inspiration for your design from our Design Elements

Specialist Works

Specialist works such a tree surgery or groundwork, are carried out by trusted, licensed, professionals who partner us.

The video shown is from one of our design implementations in York.