Pat Bowcock Dip.Perm.Des.
Pat grew up in the Gloucestershire countryside, with a beautiful garden, an orchard, open fields, streams & ponds around her. The sound of a working mill wheel could be heard day and night.. Her love of growing things, trees, water, making fires and building shelters (which always leaked) started early. Over the last twenty years she has been saddened to see whole woodlands cut down and not replaced, and old hedgerows taken out to create fields for large machinery. This and many worldwide catastrophes alarmed her.
It reflected the lack of respect and consideration we show to each other and the planet we are so much a part of and dependent upon. She looked for a piece of land to live in harmony with which she found in the form of a pony paddock in June 1999. Her aim was to create a haven for plants, wildlife, trees and people. She realized that she couldn't change the world alone, but she could take responsibility for what she ate, where she slept, her waste, and how she interacted with others. A central element of her intention was people care, planet care and fair share.
Pat set about creating the systems she would need to put these principles into action. The design included two ponds, a 27 metre polytunnel, 42 Irish raised lazy beds, 2 acres of native woodland and 5 dome gardens. She was supported and encouraged by her family and the many people who came to help make Ourganics what it is today. Ten years on she has achieved permanent planning permission in her name to live in a low impact, off the grid, timber framed building known as ‘Our Shed’. Ourganics has become a venue for a variety of events and courses and thousands of people have had contact with Ourganics and the principles inherent in this environment through these courses and events.
She grows salad, vegetables, herbs and flowers to sell to the local community and for cooking over the fire for visitors. Ourganics Evolving Systems has become her portfolio of design work which in July 2006 earned her the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.