In many urban areas, like the tiny & inspirational community garden at Blarney Park, Dublin city, space efficient design is a core principle.
Community gardens in the city are fantastic little oasis' of calm! And concentrations of ideas, food production, learning, sharing knowledge & skills, socialising, celebration, connecting together & much more besides.
I spent Saturday onsite with the Blarney park crew for a permaculture design workshop. Our basis was that the design would be limited only by the imagination of the designers...ourselves! So with some simple Permaculture patterns & design tools, & a group of focussed & creative individuals, we clarified the group vision for the project, observed micro climates & resources on site (delightful south facing walls!), brainstormed heaps of ideas suggested by some key permaculture themes, & sketched up a draft plan for the first phase of the site works.
Some Key themes we explored were....