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Post by Adrian on 20th January 2011, 7:17 pm

Welcome to the land beyond the garden gate!

We spend a lot of time in or around our habitations that its easy to overlook what goes on beyond its immediate confines. Out here in the ‘wilds’ of our bit of land there is still plenty to take care of and maintain. From hedge laying, hay cutting and lake management through to bramble bashing, ditch clearing and path clearing there are many tasks to undertake within the wider aspects of biodiversity in land management. To set the scene here is the Permaculture definition of zones ii-v from Whitefield’s “The Earth Care Manual” :-

iii Farmland
including field – scale crops and pasture, ideally integrated with productive water and small, intensively manage belts of woodland. Much of the produce from this zone is for sale rather than home consumption.

iv Rough grazing and woodland
Human influence on the landscape is much reduced in this zone, and the majority of the plants are native. The value of yields for human use are relatively low.

v Wilderness
In Britain there is no land that can be truly described as wilderness, completely untouched by human hand. Here we think of zone 5 as land where the interest of wild plant and animals take top priority, and yield of produce for human use are only taken when to do so benefits the wild species as when a flower meadow is mown for hay.

Every design, how ever small, should have its own zone 5, if only a bird feeding station.

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