We have lived at and nurtured our place since 1997, helping it regenerate and diversifying it from sheep grazed monoculture to a productive, biodiverse food producing and wildlife rich haven.
We (Purposeful Permaculture) are Angie and Andy Polkey. Pengwndwn is a 1.4 ha (3.5 acre) smallholding that we are custodians of in the village of Swyddffynnon in mid Wales, overlooking the amazing expanse of Cors Caron, an 800 ha expanse of wild land in the Teifi valley.
We have young woodland, forest gardens, orchards, a veg garden, lots of fruit!, a polytunnel and greenhouse, water harvesting systems, pollinator beds, a compost toilet, solar PV, wood fuelled heating, chickens and sheep. We aim to live as sustainably and lightly as possible and are always looking for ways to improve our lives in this respect. Although not vegan we aim to source almost all of the fertility that our food growing needs from within our site boundaries.
Angie is an established permaculture teacher and our management of Pengwndwn has helped us both deepen and strengthen our knowledge and practice of permaculture, regenerative practices & systems thinking.
We are members of Lampeter Permaculture Group, a vibrant and active group of like minded people living in and around Lampeter. LPG has spun off various initiatives in its life so far, such as apple days, plant and seed swaps, a seed library, permablitzes, skill shares and an incredible edible scheme in Lampeter town. The latest initiative is Lampeter Resilience Hub, of which Angie is a founder member. LRH is working with the Lampeter campus of University of Wales Trinity St David to develop and deliver courses in resilient design, from food and farming to soil health and community wellbeing.