Category: Sustainability

What is a Forest Garden?

What is a Forest Garden?

According to the Agroforestry Research Trust, a Forest Garden is ” a designed agronomic system based on trees, shrubs and perennial plants. These are mixed in such a way as to mimic the structure of a natural forest – the most stable and sustainable type of ecosystem in this climate.” It is the way that Nature herself works in many settings, with trees providing cover and protection for an array of bushes and smaller plants that flourish in harmony closer to the earth. They take a lot of careful planning to set up, to get the balance right, but once established they can provide a very good return for the space. They don’t have to be huge, either – you don’t have to own a whole forest to have one – when done well, they can be scaled down to domestic garden size. With growing pressure on land, and with increasing numbers of people wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables, if only to ensure quality and freshness, this could be the way forward. A simple forest garden will have three layers – trees, shrubs and ground plants – but why stop there? There can be up to seven...

So what is Sustainability anyway?

So what is Sustainability anyway?

There is nothing new about Sustainability – the fact that it is officially being brought under the cover of the Indigo Umbrella to take its rightful place alongside Science and Spirituality is merely an acknowledgment that this is where it should have been since the start. Each month I produce a newsletter for the members of the Indigo tribe, and there is usually a mid-month update too. In a recent newsletter, one of our long-standing Indigos, Margaret Tyzack-More, a wise woman of the tribe in this lifetime (and in many others, I feel sure) and a long-time champion of Sustainability, wrote this piece for us: Well now class, what does this much used buzz word really mean? Looking at the etymology we find it comes from Latin. SUB        TENERE               from below              to hold                  SUSTINERE                     to hold up, sustain The Oxford English Dictionary also has this as one of its meanings. The way ‘sustainability’ is used today seems to mean many things. What does it mean to you? Answers...

Adding Sustainability to the Mix

Adding Sustainability to the Mix

Indigo Umbrella was founded back in October 2014, with the strapline “where Science meets Spirituality”. It is long overdue that Sustainability is officially added to the mix and the programme is actively being expanded to embrace this. There are various aspects to this, including hemp as a sustainable crop; medicinal use of cannabis; forest gardens; ecology in action. Now, more than ever, we can see all around us that it is vital to bring these elements – Science, Spirituality and Sustainability – closer together. The energy shifts are moving us into the Age of Aquarius, an age of sharing and caring, community and co-operation, and respect for our beautiful planet. A permanent home for the Indigos will allow us to practice what we preach, and we are working on that – but in the meantime, let’s just all do what we can to look after ourselves, to stay positive, to help others at this time. In the words of the Indigo mantra: Stand your Ground. Speak your Truth. Shine your Light.