We discovered permaculture in 2009 whilst on the steering group of a local transition town group. We continued to developed our knowledge and in 2011 became the stewards of Wishtree, a 5 acre deciduous woodland in North Devon. It became a land learner, permaculture demonstration project in 2014 and our off-grid home in 2015.
We spent 5 years demonstrating how to live off-grid, building resilience and doing outreach work with the surrounding communities, teaching permaculture. We developed Wishtree to demonstrate several examples of how forest gardening can be used in different land based systems, from a residential garden to a 5 acre smallholding. We also focused on supporting people's mental health.
Wishtree was home to North Devon Permaculture CIC, the previous name of our social enterprise. In 2020, due to the effects of COVID on the business and a death in the family, we had to give up our off-grid life at Wishtree, moving back to Hertfordshire to be close to family, and renamed the business to Wyld Edges. Our aim was to adapt to change and continue the work we had been doing.
The W.E in Wyld Edges is about the collective coming together to help build a better future for the next generation and to ensure the care and health of our earth. We achieve what we do, because of our commitment to this and because of the collaboration from those organisations and individuals we work with, this makes us a resilient social business. We thank them for their support and inspiration.
Wenderlynn - co-founder and director
I took my first intro course in 2011 at Brighton Permaculture Trust and my Permaculture Design Certificate in July 2013.
I then went on to become a permaculture educator, taking permaculture facilitators training in Nov 2013 and Permaculture Educators training in May 2015.
I have trained with MIND as a peer supporter worker, supporting others with their mental health. I have also obtained my Gardeniser Pro License
Iain - co-founder and director
I took my Permaculture Design Certificate in August 2015. I have a number of years of hands-on experience of Permaculture Design, and regularly lead sessions on Wyld Edges courses.
I am in the process of working on my Diploma In Applied Permaculture Design. I have trained with Graham Bell and Rakesh to take my Training of Teachers certificate in 2021
I have trained with MIND as a peer supporter worker, supporting others with their mental health
Hannah - non executive director
I'm Hannah, non executive director of Wyld Edges CIC. I grew up on the edge of Dartmoor and am at my happiest when sitting next to a river. Wenderlynn and Iain set up a permaculture project near to my home in Devon and I spent many happy hours volunteering with them and learning about permaculture.
I am very pleased to continue to support their ongoing projects, and hope to learn more about how humans and the natural world can reconnect and remember how to look after each other again.
Christine - non executive director
I have known Wenderlynn for many years. We met at a college of further education working alongside troubled teenagers in an ever changing educational institution. My husband, David, and I left the college to run a bed and breakfast on the broads. Wenderlynn and Iain took the plunge to follow their dream, and beliefs, in the world of permaculture. We have been beside them through their journey to Wyld Edges and trust our involvement is both a supportive role and as friends.
David - non executive director
I am an educationalist, agriculturist, counsellor and ecologist. I am the published author of a book concerning the reintroduction of species, "Beavers Back In Britain - Rewilding In Devon". Iain and Wendy are long established friends who know they can rely on my support.
Nicky - Harmony Garden Facilitator
I'm Nicky a cat loving Buddhist from Cheshunt. Permaculture has added a wonderful new dimension to my life, I think it's great. I'm learning so much it supports my mental health and I feel truly alive with nature.
Integrate rather than Segregate - permaculture principle #8
What We Do
We teach permaculture design and how it can be used in gardening, your home and work life. We introduce you to techniques and methods used in the permaculture design process and the benefits for physical and mental wellbeing and the environment.
Using Culture Capital, we promote collaboration by working with schools, community groups and businesses to design and build strong, resilient communities, helping to promote effective communication.
We are advocates for stopping the stigma of mental ill-health and speak openly about our experiences and how we use permaculture design for emotional resilience.