Pioneering work with Em and Bokashi in the UK since 2001, high quality products



Permaculture landscaping
and Building
Consulting, Design of EM composting Systems

& Teaching Workshops

for schools, community groups, councils
and environmental group networks

Living Soil aims to educate in practical ways we can detoxify and regenerate our surroundings, our homes and our bodies. We offer a consulting, lecturing and design service for communities, schools, businesses and public utilities aiming for sustainability. We also desire to create with Nature and explore our relationship through permaculture gardening, landscaping, and architectural spaces.

Living Soil
Permaculture Landscaping Practice Guidelines

Alexander Hodgson
Permaculturalist, experienced carpenter, landscaper, eco-builder, artist
 Dan Woodward
MSc Architecture : Environmental and Energy Studies, eco-builder, researcher into materials and health
Health considerations
Chemicals unneccesarily used as 'timber treatment', and chemicals found in other building materials can exhibit highly toxic properties. We do not believe their use is congruent with gardening, permaculture, or recreational/healing spaces. Therefore we aim to use non-toxics, minimise waste, and bioremediate (clean up) the soil throughout the whole working process.
  • soil bioremediation and fertility renewal through kyusei soil techniques
  • use of sustainable, untreated or reclaimed timber where possible
  • avoidance of petrochemicals where possible

Design philosophy
Gardens and other landscapes are a meeting space between nature and culture and work as a place of dialogue, contemplation and healing.
We aim to make places of beauty for the enjoyment of all.

  • the creation of organic, regenerating spaces
  • emphasis of natural beauty
  • thermal and solar comfort considerations
  • utilising natural sources of power in design (e.g development of rainwater catchment, living filters, composting systems)

Ecological considerations
Ecological or environmental considerations strongly connect to health considerations as anything that compromises ecological balance, either locally or globally, harms us. There is a beauty that emerges from the consideration of ecology in the design of permaculture spaces.

  • recycling and reclaiming materials where possible
  • sensitive relationship to the area in which work is conducted
  • preference for natural materials over high embodied energy synthetics
  • addition rather than reduction of biodiversity with particular emphasis on creation of wildlife foodbowls and native plants
  • development of rainwater catchment and composting systems

For enquires please contact:
Alexander Hodgson
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