Documentation of yet another amazing day during last week’s Perennialen III in Hardanger!! Pictures taken on a fantastic 6-7 hour round trip from Eirik Lillebøe Wiken and Hege Iren Aasdal Wiken’s house to their shieling (støl or seter in Norwegian). We took our time botanising on the way up, passing through different types of forest on the way up, from alder (or), ash (ask), planted spruce (gran), lime (lind), elm (alm), hazel (hassel), aspen (osp) and birch (bjørk) at the highest levels. Lower down, old apple trees witnessed that these steep slopes had at one time been worked for fruit production, no easy matter….
Eirik and Hege are planning to rejuvenate and replant some of this area and have planted a multispecies forest garden above and below the house, probably one of the most dramatic forest gardens in the world (more later).
A little glimpse from one of the best permaculture courses ever that only a selected few attended, Perennialen III i Fykse, Hardanger :) Rebecca J Smith warns me in this video about this old growth elm on Eirik Lillebøe Wiken and Hege Iren Aasdal Wiken‘s land on the tour up to their mountain farm.
Perennialen IV is definitely planned to happen next year and will be announced in very good time, so watch this space!!