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My vision for Roosland

Roosland community update and plan for 2024

 

Many thanks for all your support and encouragement in 2023. Whether that was in person practically helping, coming along to the barefoot weekend we had in September or by generally sending good vibes to the community project.

 

Last year was quite a deep processing year for me personally being expanded on many levels. The land held me well as I retreated to her wisdom.

I am bobbing up again this new year with renewed vigour to keep the Roosland project very much alive.

 

This year I very much welcome individuals/ groups to use the space. It's ideal for group holding in the quarry, in woods around a fire, or a movement space in the field as well.

Or if you are wanting to work with individuals in an eco environment you are very welcome.. We can now provide warm inside space and field and wood outside space, parking, cooking facilities, fresh water and composting toilet.

Give me a call to run your ideas through 07960125901 or email me roocarter64@gmail.com If you know of anyone who may be interested please pass my details on.

Also, importantly, if you would like to come and retreat for a while, sit or explore the 12 acres of land and wood land in peace please do.  It is partly a temperate rainforest so I found out recently, because of the rainfall here, air clarity and extensive growth on the trees.

 

We hope to have another barefoot creative weekend in September, so if you are interested in running a workshop or want to get involved in the planning, please give me a shout.

We will also continue with the two days a month “meet the land”  volunteer days.

 

2024 Project maintenance and growth plans.

 

  • Create a more useable footpath to get to the woods and quarry bowl. Maintain existing paths.

  • Put up more bird boxes to encourage variety.

  • Replace trees that have fallen.

  • Plant a variety of fruit Trees in the autumn to increase wildlife diversity.

  • Improve and expand vegetable plot so the pickings from this can be shared with others.

 

  • Repair and clad existing cabin, extending the roof for solar panels, shelter and an outside kitchen. Clearing and improving the interior space to gather in the warm.

 

  • Create more log storage and fill with felled ash

 

  • Install another lockable shed or container for tools

 

  • Have a barefoot creative weekend in September

 

  • Bring in groups or individuals to use the amazing space.

 

  • Doing the Admin and promotion thing well enough! and asking for help with this.

 

I hope for us all to enjoy the unfolding of this plan in the coming year.

 

If you would like to get involved, please do contact me:

 

Roo Carter on 07960125901

Roocarter64@gmail.com

Roosland plan for 2023 ... 

 

As some of you will know I am developing a land project just outside Black Dog village in Mid Devon. The plan for the project is to bring Conservation, Farming and Education together with Community, Wellbeing, Creative Expression and Fun.

 I have acquired 11.9 acres of pasture and woodland to look after, mostly woodland, which is a mixed Broadleaf wood with accessible rides and a public footpath that runs through part of the wood. There are a lot of birds and wildlife within the woods.

There is also a quarry within the wood, which is bowl shape for a fire and a deep holding space for groups. I’m hoping to flatten it further to create a music and dances area.!

 

The pasture has two areas the Top by the road which has good access and hard standing is to become an orchard, food producing garden and a social area as I have a porta cabin on it with a locally built wood burner in for keeping warm, drying clothes and cooking. The plan for the field further down the plot is to have the Devon hedge layed and fenced for animals, camping and of course dancing!

 

Luckily so far, I have local

support and wish to involve

the local community as much

as possible.

As you can imagine it’s a big

vision but  I believe an

achievable one, health willing.

Part of the gift of having the

land is to share the space with

others, even though I accept

my responsibility as custodian

of the Land.

 

So I am asking for help and support in whichever way you can. Getting stuck into practical projects, Advice and planning for workshops. Workshop leading, being a follower of the lands progress, or being someone to talk trough ideas with.. its all welcome.

 

We are having Monthly “Meet the land” days to get a feel for what’s wanted and needed and to work on practical projects.

They are the second Saturday of the month (this can be changed if weather is really unsuitable).

 

I am used to holding groups outside and bring many years of coaching experience, farming experience and a big heart for community communication and healing.

 

I have a lot to learn about woodland skills, and current land management but am up for giving it a go. I learn from experiencing things first hand through my body as a lot of people do and I welcome that. I do however need people with other skills, so I am always grateful for participation. The project is an unfolding as I go with a lot of faith and optimism for a new future that is arising..

Opportunities to share
and learn new skills!
"The plan is to bring conservation, farming and education together
with
community, wellbeing, dance,
creative expression and fun."

If you would like to get involved

Please do contact me:

 

Roo Carter on 07960 125901

Roocarter64@gmail.com

Get involved!

We are having monthly
“meet the land” days to get a feel for what’s wanted and needed and to work on practical projects.

Next ones are:
Sat 16th March and
Sun 17th March 2024

(this can be changed if weather is really unsuitable).

A typical Community Day starts around 10am, with a welcome and friendly chat, then a conversation about what we could do (where you decide what you would like to contribute), then we get stuck in. There are breaks for drinks, and a lovely homemade hearty soup for lunch, and a nice afternoon break for cake. You’re welcome to come and go as you like. If you’d just like to sit in the woods with the wild flowers and listen to the birds, then that’s fine too. 

We have running water, shelter, a composting loo. It is a simple and rustic set-up, but is practical and clean. 

“I love being at Roosland - sitting in the woodland listening to birdsong and the gurgle of the stream was so calming”.

I am asking for help and support in whichever way you can. Getting stuck into practical projects, Advice and planning for workshops. Workshop leading, being a follower of the lands progress, or being someone to talk through ideas with.. its all welcome.

Community children picture.jpg

The project is an unfolding as I go with a lot of faith and optimism for a new future that is arising..

“Its great to come and help do something practical - and the lunch was well worth it too!” 

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