The Walled garden Project
Harestone Walled garden
Up-cycled redudant slurry tank
Our walled garden project is also about re-purposing. It really is core to what we do at Harestone Moss. Every single item on the planet can be re-purposed, you just need to be able to visualise it. It’s brilliant to think that the redundant slurry tank, that contained an unbelievable half a million gallons of pig waste at one point, now has a new purpose & life.
We love to reinvent, up-cycle and create amazing things and The Walled Garden Project has them all. A flourishing market garden will be created within the slurry tank walls. The tank was removed from a commercial farming enterprise in Perthshire. This is up-cycling at a large scale and not for the faint hearted! With the removal of 96 sheets of steel plate & 12000 bolts, people may think we had a screw loose when we first thought of this, but we LOVE it!
Once in place the exterior walls will be planted with a mosaic of native Scottish trees, but the real magic is inside, where fruit & vegetable planting will be housed safely within the protective walls. Having sustainable food growing & recycling at Harestone is vitally important to us as a family, but will hopefully provide a small income, that will help sustain the rewilding of the land. We will also plant a variety of flowers & herbs, where we plan to create a bio-diverse, beautiful space, for pollinators & humans to enjoy.
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The Walled Garden
A walled garden is an enclosure of “high walls”. Built for horticultural reasons rather than security purposes mainly. In historic times creating walled gardens had more of a dual use and created a place to provide protection from animal or human intruders, as well as the benefits of a sheltered place to grow. With wolves and cabbage patch raiders on the wane these days, it is the protection from the elements that we want to benefit from!
In colder climates such as Scotland, the drive for creating a “walled garden” is to provide the garden protection from the wind and frost. To protect garden plants from frost in what is essentially an open top with no roof may seem a little strange, but the shelter provided by enclosing walls can also raise the temperature within a garden by several degrees. This in turn creates a micro-climate within the garden and permits plants to be grown that would not survive in the open.
Follow us as we progress with the project over the next year