12 Station Road, Stottesdon; perfecting permaculture on a small plot
It’s amazing what you can do with 80 foot of garden if you have a plan. For Wade Muggleton, the garden at 12 Station Road in Stottesdon, Shropshire not only had the perfect setting with its stunning views over the rolling Shropshire countryside, but provided the perfect opportunity to put permaculture principles into practice and to create a space of tranquility and productivity. Join Wade now for a tour of his garden:
A closer look
With heavy clay underfoot, raised beds have helped create this amazingly fertile and productive space. There are grapes in the greenhouse, 30 fruit tress including apple cordons against the fence, potatoes, strawberries – all manner of fruit and veg – wildlife areas and two ponds.
“The garden is now in its eighteenth year and I built it using Permaculture principles with the aim of putting good home grown food on the table as many days of the year as possible,” says owner Wade Muggleton. “We are not really self sufficient 12 months of the year in anything beyond chilli’s, onions and garlic, but can grow anything from three or four months worth to seven or eight months worth of a range of fruit and veg.”
Upcycled materials and sustainability are a big feature of the garden with an old septic tank – complete with old pump – and six water butts used to store rain water from the roof. The family also have five hens who roam the orchard and six guinea pigs. This space is packed full of productivity and many lessons in how to grow the fruit and veg we all rely on.
12 Station Road opens alone by arrangement and would have opened this year as part of the Stottesdon Garden Group. For more information click here
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