Pam’s Pools; Bridgnorth; Shropshire WV16 6TY
I am a retired doctor who bought Underton Cottage & 4 acres of land back in 1985 . I’ve since bought adjoining parcels of land so that I now own a 58 acre permaculture/wildlife site.
In 2019 Shropshire Wildlife Trust [ SWT] bought 27 acres of land adjoining mine and in 2021 a further 5 acres. In addition, they have leased 20 acres so that the entire site now covers 110 acres and SWT’s Reserves Officer, Jan McKelvey has produced maps and drawn up management plans for the whole.
The vision is to maintain and enhance the mosaic of existing wildlife habitats over the whole 110 acres of “Pam’s Pools” and to increase the species-diversity of the site by creating new ones through conservation grazing, the planting of native trees and shrubs and the management of the two wildflower hay meadows, two lakes and three pools.
See Farming, Wildlife & SWT pages for details.
Back in 1995, Australian relatives visited & introduced me to permaculture. They were horrified by my high carbon footprint, which was mainly due to my high oil consumption, & inspired me to gradually adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
I got rid of the oil-fired Rayburn which had provided central-heating, hot water & cooking facilities, minimised plastic and other waste and travel by train instead of flying. I try to use my car as little as possible but I must confess to driving a horsebox, exploring the countryside on horseback being my chief hobby.
I am now self-sufficient in fruit; vegetables; meat; eggs; crayfish and honey and have a surplus to share. My wood provides the fuel which heats my cottage & the homes of some of my friends and PV panels generate more electricity than I use.
See Buildings, Gardens and Orchards pages for details.
I plan to spend the rest of my active life developing Pam’s Pools as a Wildlife/Permaculture Reserve and to maximise self-sufficiency in food and energy production while minimising waste. There is always more to do and I keep planning how to progress , with the help of friends old and new. I hope as many people as possible will visit this beautiful place & share ideas with me & my friends – see “Activities” page for details and my email address.