The Food Forest Project and Bioregionalism: Regeneration of Soil and Society

We are living in very challenging times. Our societies are broken, our governments lost and antiquated, our social framework inherently unsustainable and our natural world is failing. However, hope is not lost. There are some very positive movements happening all across the world, and they are only growing in scope, scale and popularity. Much of the research coming out of some of our most trusted institutes indicates that we need systematic change. We need change at all levels so that we can do more than just survive, but thrive, and our thriving is inextricably linked to the health and prosperity of our natural world. Our aim is to plant our food forests, our seeds of change, within communities all over the UK, with the core objective of eventually generating larger bioregions centered in regenerative agriculture. We will look to start this movement in Shepton Mallet, a location that was once known for it’s fine sheep wool trade and thriving market economy of local produce, which became overshadowed by industrialisation and a prison that is no longer in use.

We have been lucky enough to meet some like minded landowners local to Shepton, that share our vision of bioregionalism, and creating a more sustainable and diverse economy in the local area centered in regenerative agriculture, and renewable energies.

Circular Food Economy (Rights of Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

Circular Food Economy (Rights of Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

Over the coming months and years, we shall be working with these landowners, and the town and district councils to design, build and promote food forest ecosystems on the land in and around Shepton for community use (see our website for images and information on the first food forest project in Shepton Mallet, planted on the 30th March, 2019). The food forests will make up the bioregional boundary, the produce of which will be fed into the local communities and the waste of which will be fed back out to feed the soil in these areas, creating a healthy landscape and a waste free system.

It is our vision that by 2025, Shepton Mallet and its constituent villages will be a full bioregion trading in a circular food economy for the benefit of people and place.