Lillklobb is a small knoll rising above two small valleys in Espoo’s Kilo neighborhood. At two hectares in size, it exhibits a rich diversity in physical features and habitats. With its varied land use, existing vegetation, and soil characteristics, Lillklobb makes an excellent candidate for a permaculture demonstration site. This 800 year old farmstead is capable of exhibiting such a wide range of techniques and methods that nearly everyone will find a piece that speaks to them.
The concept pitched to Espoo City in 2015 represents an application of temperate climate agroecological techniques onto the basic patterns of the land combined with consideration for the second permaculture principle of “people care.” Empowered by my background studying permaculture design, I was able to identify the areas of the site which naturally lent themselves to one pattern or another. For example, the contoured matrix of hedgerows and annual agriculture was sketched in on the western slope of the hill because of its warm microclimate and well drained soil.
This matrix will comprise the core of a commercial market garden intended to drive the baseline revenue stream of the site as a whole. It will derive inspiration from successful small farms in similar climates, such as the Fortier family’s Jardins de la Grelinette in Quebec.
Profits from the market garden will be reinvested into long term perennial solutions found on the eastern side of the property, where the soil is heavier, the microclimate cooler, and road noise from Turunväylä is diminished. Drawing on the desire for the theaters who operate out of Lillklobb manor for greater community engagement, this area of the site will feature ecological formal landscaping in the yard with a large scale forest garden emerging to the south. These features will be designed to encourage their exploration by the local community and serve as outdoor classrooms, performance venues, and offer a tranquil environment for social activity.
With a commercial oriented market garden on its western slope and more public oriented features on the eastern, Lillklobb is divided into two main “zones of intention.” Much like the zones of use typical in permaculture design, these zones will inform decision making and allow for the site to develop a complex personality as the years go by.
Below are links to the design process that is currently underway: