green blue world

Abundant landscapes for people and nature

Portugal – private quinta, nr Sintra (2014, ongoing)

Practical implementation of owner’s plans for soil development and food production on a challenging site based on inland coastal sands.  Key recommendations to enhance the existing system: simple measures to capture and make more efficient use of rainwater (e.g. brush berms, rough mulches, contoured landscaping), production of high quality fungal and bacterial composts for food forest and vegetable production, compost teas, increased presence of nitrogen fixing trees and windbreak species, and avoidance of pollution from recycled construction materials.



Portugal – private quinta, Colares (2014)

Advisory visit to a quinta aspiring to the practice of permaculture.  Key recommendations for initial advances: integration of animals into food systems to improve animal welfare and put animals into vastly more productive function; enhanced use of nitrogen fixing trees and ground covers in food forest areas; introduction of hot-composting; use of rocket stove for heating, utilising canas (a plant previously considered as a nuisance).


Nitrogen Pollution and the EU Environment (2013)

On behalf of UWE’s Science Communication Unit, and for the EU Directorate General for the Environment, Tom authored this in-depth report on nitrogen pollution and the EU environment.  This included the potentially important recommendation to intensify mainstream research into ecological agriculture in order to assist the abatement of nitrogen pollution across Europe.


Portugal: mainframe design of water catchment and settlement, Alentejo region (2013)

Design of 26Ha area to restore native woodland and hydrological functioning in a location suffering fire and desertification, and to provide secure water and food supply to an eco-community.  Location incorporates two side-valleys.  Design includes swales, two earth dams, check-dam, water tanks, fish ponds, cell grazing, food forests, farm forestry and crop production. Various key features of built environment considered, such as solar heating and cooling, access, sanitation, etc.


South Africa (2011)

Creation of a sustainability framework for the developers of a new town/city in Kwa Zulu Natal, featuring training in The Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development and specific advice on carbon neutrality and land management for the provision of local livelihoods and ecosystem services.