We are Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (BIPA), a Permaculture homesteading and business on the Black Isle, 13km north of Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland.
In August 2015 we moved to a bungalow with 2.5 acres of garden and woodland 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 plan.
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 have also been working to eco renovate the house using natural materials and installing low carbon and renewable energies.
We became a Permaculture ScotLAND Learning And Network Demonstration (LAND) Centre in 2018 and are using our gardens as a space to show the possibilities of Permaculture on a domestic scale. 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.
We welcome visitors by appointment, and hold open days, courses and workshops throughout the year. In 2019 we aim to offer eco friendly holiday accomodation in our woodland huts. Please contact us if you’d like to visit or look out for details of events on this site.