Apply Permaculture principles
I did the chart shown in the photo below. I looked at of my most likely design elements in relation to how they fitted with Permaculture ethics, 6 chosen principles, cost, time and practicality. This helped me to weed out ideas that were unethical or just too time/money consuming. It helped me to make decisions and left me with a refined list of elements to include in my design.
Boundary – picket fencing with blackboard and pallet bug hotel and vertical planting.
Gardening – in low raised beds along the south and east edges next to the boundary. An area marked off for individual square foot gardens. A key hole bed created around the current strawberry patch
Bringing people together – Keep the current gazeebo, chairs and blankets arrangement but consider moving this to elsewhere in the site to create the best use of space
Free play – Create a multi-functional playspace out of pallets and fence posts Make a new larger willow and hazel living den structure
Task led play– Refresh the play kitchen and sand pit. Add a mud pit. Consider where to place these. Add a waterplay area and a waterbut of hose pipe. Ensure the water run off it put to good use.
I then began designing by drawing out the key features to scale on post-it notes and moving them around on my base map. This was a very useful, simple and time effective way of trying out lots of ideas. I am not sure that any of these designs are quite right yet. I need to spent time in the space once the fencing is done and think hard about how people will move around the garden.