permanent paths are part of the long-term permaculture design. i’ve been working with Alessandro Ardovini to start the design for the site, and one of the first things to do is stop any further compacting of the soil by visitors walking all over.
the volunteers on site have done a brilliant job with this, and the rocks marking the paths also work as a great deterrent to stop cars driving on the terraces. the curved lines are part of the permaculture style, imitating natural forms and creating longer edges.. principle no. 11 “Use edges and value the marginal” The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
as well as paths the team on site have filled up the earth on the green roof to 50cm deep, fixed the roof, tidied up all the wood and junk in the cave, cleaned up and organised the kitchen and fixed up the bathroom, and cooked delicious vegan food for everyone. Thank you so much to Oceanne, Mireia, Diego, Carolin, Natalie and Niels.