Permaculture Forest Farming – with Philip Allen

Philip Allen has a forest farm in Northern Ireland in gentle rolling hills south of Belfast called Lagan Valley Permaculture. As well as providing sustainably produced timber primarily for firewood, Philip also applies his skills and principles as a permaculturalist. For example, he has a few goats to provide a variety of functions to aid in the maintenance of the forest as well as the processing of the timber. Philip selectively harvests his timber to reduce soil erosion. And he uses his permaculture skills for social good both on his forestry block and in the city of Belfast.

On this show, recorded on the 29th January 2017 I talked to Philip Allen, PERMACULTURE FOREST FARMER about his permaculture practices, as well as his optimism for a sustainable future.

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This show was originally broadcast on the 23rd February 2016 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

Philip Allen sitting in his home by his woodburner.

Philip’s goats usefully clear land and debark cut wood.

Philip clears narrow strips of land, collecting the wood at the bottom. These are then planted into with new forest species.

Philip leads a tour of a community garden in Belfast that he and others set up at An Droichead. Here he is talking about no-dig gardening.










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