We are Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (BIPA), a start-up Permaculture site and business on the Black Isle, 8 miles north of Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland.
In August 2015 we moved to a bungalow with 2.5 acres of land and are in the process of establishing an organic Permaculture garden for food, wood fuel, habitat, well-being, abundant foraging, leisure and education.
Our aim is to become a domestic smallholding where we are able to live a creative, sustainable and resilient lifestyle by the Permaculture Principles of People Care, Earth Care and Fair Share: a place where people can visit, stay, learn from and be inspired by an example of an organic smallholding incorporating a home based economy and resilient business plans.
We are working to eco-renovate the house, establish an art studio, build compost toilets, sauna, woodland camping huts for holidays and guests, create kitchen and forest gardens, orchard, woodland, meadows and space for our chickens.
Our design and vision is to create forest gardens, woodland and growing spaces that maximise habitat and diversity, along with a thriving and self-sustaining food-web, with multifunctional plants providing food, fuel, craft materials, income, and beauty.
We are a Permaculture ScotLAND Learning And Network Demonstration (LAND) Centre.
ScotLAND Centres are established Permaculture projects, they are excellent demonstrations of permaculture in action. Along with skill in applying permaculture, ScotLAND Centres have demonstrated their ability to explain their use of permaculture ethics and principles to visitors and volunteers and offer opportunities for learning.
The aim of ScotLAND is to demonstrate practical examples of permaculture design in various different places, micro-climates, and cultures throughout Scotland.
Also in 2017 Clive began studying towards a Diploma in Applied Permaculture and is using the Warren and BIPA as design examples.
We welcome visitors by appointment, and hold open days, courses and workshops throughout the year. Please contact us if you'd like to visit or look out for details of events on this site.
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