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Othona Community


Land use(s)

  • Lowland
  • We use reclaimed land to grow crops in one of the driest parts of the UK and involve visitors and school groups to care for the land.

Successes / outcomes

  • Although this is not the main objective of the Community we feel it is useful to showcase this as an example of what can be achieved, even when it is a minor objective.

Methods / issues being explored

  • Remediation of land
  • Solutions to reduce erosion and land degradation
  • Reduced use of / alternatives to inorganic fertilisers
  • Re-use of water / wastes
  • Increased diversity of sward / crops
  • Soil tillage and management
  • Reduced use of control chemicals
  • Modification of organic matter inputs.

Data being collected on

  • Soil health
  • Biodiversity
  • Social engagement
  • Cultural aspects.

Methods of data collection

  • Visual assessments
  • Social surveys.

Types of organisation involved

  • Local schools
  • Members of the public and Othona Community members.


  • One-to-one contact
  • Events/festivals
  • School visits.


Jonney Aldridge

Other organisations involved:

  • Local school groups
  • Members of the Othona Community, both visitors and residents

Land use type:

  • Lowland