How does the HoBB Garden grow? Bit-by-bit.

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The HoBB Gardens are in their infancy, sandwiched between the remains of the C12th Castle of Cnwclas, one mile to the East, and the original site of its vineyards to the West. The Vineyards are gone and the land is in private ownership but one of the owners carefully planted out a few acres as a wonderful new “Garden for the Blind”. The whole area is now thought to have been first tended by the Monks of Abbey Cwmhir.

There’s still evidence of some 18th Century plantings and the original farm layout has been retained, being supplemented with ‘edible’ walls of local oak and less edible stone. In our renovations and additions, wherever possible, we are designing around existing features, levels and planting. New terraces are being added to extend the gardens (left) towards the South.

HoBB Garden (See Key below)
HoBB Garden
(See Key below)

 

 

Number 1: Heyope Bod view towards the source of the Ffrwdwen Brook
No. 2. Oak Bod
2a. Original Sheep Bod (presently housing plans of the World of Water Aquaponic units)
3. Wood Store. Wood Bods. Greenhouse over water store.
4.  Potting Sheds and kudo
5.  UV filter and Tank Bod
6.  Spring  water supply tanks
7.  Willow Wood
8.  HoBB Barn
9.  HoBB Cottage
10. Greenery & Hide
11. Greenhouse for vegetables
12. Site for Duckboat Pond
13. Two-Oak Spring
14. Hedera Walk
15. Vegetable Garden Screenhouse
16. Water Meadow
17. Road run-off water tank
18. Vineyard and former ‘Garden for the Blind’ (Now privately owned)

Here, everything is done ‘bit by bit’, and from early Spring, friends and student volunteers enjoy the Gardens and lend a hand with the garden’s restoration and construction plans.

Friends throughout the year come for a quiet country break, to meditate, or to work through some important thoughts – ‘whatever’.   It is vital to have a peaceful environment for the  two main areas of HoBB activity: ‘Progression  &  Well-being’.

Garden Phase I – the harmony of Wood with Stone
Many elements are working in unison to create the HoBB.  The Chinese ‘five elements’  of EARTH  WOOD  WATER  FIRE  & METAL … are with us.

The AIR can be windy.
The SUN  sometimes hides
But with a lot of understanding and practical application,  The HoBB is growing well.

Certainly all FLORA, and FAUNA, have increased since we started to put our energies into the
gardens. We have created a range of new ‘habitats’ and have many more planned out, using a 300 section grid of the site.  (Fifteen of the sections are shown below in a small scale.)

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Section by section we work out what needs to be done throughout the year, …. bit by bit.

Tasty projects are always best done in ‘bite-sized’ sections.

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World of Water Charity supports research into Food Security

In order to feed everyone, we are now sucking the World dry of its freshwater faster than Nature can replace it. Satellites help us to measure this problem but we need to solve it.

Most food producers use a lot of water when farming crops and livestock, many drilling ever deeper wells each year to find the water their crops demand.  In bad cases, the land dries, soil structures die, there are more droughts and food prices rocket.  In terrible cases there’s poverty, starvation and death.

But there is a farming method that recycles nearly all of its water. Aquaponics.

The World of Water charity cares about water used in food production and through its work, aims to keep water clean and available for all to drink, enjoy – and use in food production.

In 1979 World of Water researched waste from fish farms.
In 1983 World of Water toured the UK with an educational  exhibition on the future of aquaculture, “Wet Harvest”.
In 2016, World of Water returns to research the growth of aquaponics.

In trials at the World of Water field centre last year all our organically grown vegetables grew outside in a number of different aquaponic systems between March and September. This year we want to extend the growing season by raising seeds indoors and creating three greenhouses.  Our charity has been very busy fundraising for this new work and has 68% of the funds required. We need your help to raise the rest.

With a more caring use of water, and land, the World will be able to produce enough food in the future.

We need to secure match funding. Please donate whatever you can.
Our charity’s research into aquaponics will bring about greater food security for communities around the World. By donating, students from around the globe will be given the opportunity to develop village farming systems to prevent starvation – ways that care for the water they have.

If we don’t help home communities to use the water they have to grow the food they need, those communities may continue to need food parcels.  Without home food security, those communities may abandon their dried out farmlands or they may starve.

It is always better to teach the skills required to produce food than to drop ready-made food parcels.

Last year, students from Spain, England and Italy visited the World of Water field centre and were so keen on our aquaponic research that they built their own growing systems from recycled drink containers, food trays, gravel, pond liner, pipes and flower pots. Most village communities around the World can do the same thing – improvising with what’s available given the skills and knowledge of what’s possible.

World of Water aim to stop water being over used, abused, wasted and polluted. Join us and support however you can. We need to feed the World to truly blossom its full harvest.

Some images for you showing the work of our international students last year. The four aquaponic systems shown here are NFT (Nutrient Film Technique); Flood and Drain; MicroTube; Algae Screen

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