Ourganics Evolving Systems
Litton Lane, Litton Cheney, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9DH
Ourganics Evolving Systems constitutes five acres of water meadow close to the coast in rural West Dorset. This working permaculture project was set up by Pat Bowcock in 1999 with its own detailed design that course participants have the opportunity to interact with.
The venue has already been used for apprentice design work on previous design courses and Pat also regularly hosts tours by local schools and groups.
Pat started Ourganics because she wanted to run her own business that was sustainable and debt-free unlike so many that run in constant debt. She wanted to show that permaculture principles could go hand in hand with being Soil Association-registered to create a land-based, self-financing and viable business which would provide affordable organic vegetables, herbs, salads, fruit and flowers for the local community. The produce goes out direct from the field as well as via farmers' markets, box schemes, farm shops etc.
Ourganics has the extra label "evolving systems" because like anything organic, the project is continually evolving, responding and changing. Ourganics is a fantastic venue for permaculture courses and lends itself well to practical demonstrations of permaculture in action.
(via the coast road) Take the B3157 to Weymouth from the roundabout on the A35 Bridport bypass at the bottom of South Street. Stay on this road & pass through Burton Bradstock. Take the first left after the village (at a fork in the road just past the garage on your right). Follow this road past the caravan park on your right & a bit further on, Modbury Farm Shop on your left. Keep going along this road; you will pass two right turnings to Puncknowle & eventually after taking a left hand bend, drive down between some trees, over a small bridge & past a small utilities building on the right. Follow the road around to the right & Ourganics is the third gateway on the right after the bend.
(via the A35) Take the A35 to Dorchester up the long hill, out of town & past the Askerswell turnings on the left. After approx 4 miles you will have three opportunities to turn right down into Litton Cheney. If you miss the first (Chalk Pit Lane) you will still be able to turn at the crossroads a little further on (down Whiteways). This turning is across the dual carriageway. If you miss this one too, there is a third turning at the end of the dual carriageway. Take one of these turns down into Litton Cheney. When you reach the village (if you take the third turning you will need to take a right turn at the bottom of the hill to get back to the village & keep going through the village), turn right & drive through the village back towards Puncknowle. As you leave the village, keep to the right at the fork in the road & Ourganics is the third gate on the left along this stretch of Litton Lane.
Take the A35 to Bridport from Dorchester, through Winterbourne Abbas & when you reach the start of the dual carriageway take the left turning down hill to Long Bredy & Litton Cheney. At the bottom of the hill turn right at the ‘T’ junction. Follow this road until you reach Litton Cheney & when you get there drive past the thatched bus shelter on your right, around the left hand bend & on through the village towards Puncknowle. As you leave the village, keep to the right at the fork in the road. Ourganics is the third gate on the left along this stretch of Litton Lane.
Take the B3157 from Weymouth eventually passing through Abbotsbury & up the steep hill on towards Bridport. When you reach Swyre (a small village with a pub on the right), turn right towards Puncknowle. As you arrive in Puncknowle (around a sharp right hand bend), keep an eye open for the church on the right. Turn left just before the church & follow this road out of the village. Turn right at the end of this road & after taking a left hand bend, drive down between some trees, over a small bridge & past a small utilities building on the right. Follow the road around to the right & Ourganics is the third gateway on the right after the bend.
For Sat-Nav users the postcode is DT2 9DH.
By Public Transport:
Rail services run to Dorchester stations. National Rail Enquiries: (0345) 748 4950.
If you travel by coach, you can travel to Dorchester or Bridport bus stations. Timetable info at: www.nationalexpress.com
A bus runs from Dorchester to Bridport and stops on the A35 on the hill above Litton Cheney on request (20 mins walk).
Buses also run to Litton Cheney village (10 mins walk).