In 2012, we decided to make changes to enable us to live a more sustainable, fulfilling and less hectic life which reflected our values and concerns about the environment, society, and fragility of food, financial and energy systems. In 2013 we left London to travel, learn skills, discover new ways of living and find inspiration and direction on a pathway towards an ecologically balanced lifestyle which was healthy for us, society and the planet. We kept a blog about our trip, which combined artists residencies and WWOOFing in the U.K. and Scandinavia, and can be seen at this site. We stayed with many inspiring people and places, and learned a huge amount which shaped where and what we wanted to do next.
We eventually found our new home on the Black Isle and have been working for the last few years to develop our Permaculture site, build a sustainable livelihood and create thriving habitats for people, plants, trees and animals . In 2017 we started Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (BIPA), an umbrella business for the poly-income generating activities which take place here.
Growers and Makers
Clive studied Fine Art and is a practising artist, making paintings and collages inspired by landscapes, architecture, and maps. His work can be seen at Axisweb.org.
Julie has a degree in Environmental Science, and is interested in all aspects of ecological sustainability. Her many skills include gardening and growing, baking, brewing, cooking, food preserving, IT and admin, crafts such as knitting and crochet.
Together they creatively grow and build the habitats at The Warren, and run the business partnership. They both volunteer at Moo Food, a project growing food and resilience in the community of Muir of Ord.