A Land Base for The Naturally Vegan Plot!

by The Naturally Vegan Plot in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

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Secure land for our many delicious edible & other useful plants and grow a sustainable safe haven for nature, learning, health & enjoyment.

by The Naturally Vegan Plot in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

The Naturally Vegan Plot

A Volunteer Run Initiative

dedicated to low impact veganic woodland gardening

Welcome to The Naturally Vegan Plot Crowdfunder campaign.

We need your help to raise at least £15,000 in order to secure a plot of land, plant our many delicious edible and useful plants, create a safe haven for nature, learning, health and enjoyment whilst putting the principles of least harm and the techniques of veganic cultivation into practice, permanently!


With deep concern and devotion for nature, the environment, health and sustainability. It is time for us to put down roots, sow some seeds, grow new shoots and reap the harvest, so we can all enjoy the fruits of our labour.

Nature Friendly Gardening for delicious diversity

Having evolved through over 50 combined years of experience The Naturally Vegan Plot, like any garden allowed to do so, is growing organically and we have aspirations... Greener Dreams!

The realisation of these ambitions requires that we secure an area of land which will be dedicated to the principles of least harm and the techniques of natural cultivation which we endorse, strive for, and embrace.


Working example of Veganic techniques - 

We aim to show how vegan organic horticulture and growing edible and otherwise useful plants can be applied on any scale from window boxes, through home gardens and allotments to whole farms and beyond with a view to cleaner, greener and cruelty-free produce becoming widely available with a view to a truly sustainable future.

Background of The Naturally Vegan Plot

Devoted vegan organic gardeners and founders of The Naturally Vegan Plot, Elaine and Jim, are influenced and deeply inspired by dear friends, vegan pioneers, veganic gardeners and teachers Ken Fern and Kathleen Jannaway.

Along the way, we have been fortunate to gather vast experience and knowledge whilst designing, implementing and managing many plots ranging from small container gardens to 84 acres.

Ken Fern, the founder of Plants For A Future, researcher and author of Plants For A Future - Edible and Useful Plants for a Healthier World, is also compiling a plant species database for the temperate climate, currently consisting of over 8,152 edible and useful plants.


Kathleen Jannaway former secretary of The Vegan Society and founder of The Movement For Compassionate Living and author of Abundant Living in the Coming Age of the Tree, amongst other titles.


In Search of The Plot

In brief, due to circumstances beyond our control, The Naturally Vegan Plot has evolved through a succession of rented and borrowed land all leading to the realisation that this is not sustainable.

It's time for us to put down roots!  The next stage in our evolution is to raise funds to buy land which will give us a permanent place to locate the hundreds of plants we have gathered along our journey and to put our principles of least harm into practice, permanently!


Positive Practical Solutions

Appropriate Alternatives to Current Negative and Unsustainable Land Management Practices 

Vegan Organic Agriculture and Horticulture

Vegan organic / Veganic is sometimes known as stock free. It broadly means a system of cultivation that excludes artificial chemicals, farmed animal manures, animal remains from slaughterhouses, genetically modified material and anything of animal origin such as blood, fish and bone.  

There are currently only a small number of vegan-organic farms, so vegans find themselves in a position of compromise with regard to fruits and vegetables, herbicides, pesticides and products of slaughterhouses because unfortunately most organic fruits and vegetables are grown using slaughterhouse by products.


Polyculture vs Monoculture

Polyculture uses multiple crops in the same space, providing crop diversity in imitation of the diversity of natural ecosystems, and avoiding large stands of single crops i.e. monoculture.

Contrary to monoculture includes multi-cropping, inter-cropping, companion planting, beneficial weeds, and alley cropping

Polyculture is the raising at the same time and place of more than one species of plant and considers diversity, companion planting, no dig, organic matter, soil structure, microorganisms and all-round healthy ecosystems.

The above comparison between polyculture and monoculture shows the strikingly apparent advantages of land regeneration and habitat provision through emulating nature. 

By growing food and other commodities using polyculture principles we quickly begin to improve biodiversity and productivity whilst creating a healthier environment and benefits for all life on Earth.

Low impact land management practices which focus on perennial plants with integrated plantings of annuals offer a positive practical and appropriate solution to many issues facing conventional land use.

Many people will find that they already have a number of perennial edible and useful plants in their gardens, growing as ornamentals.



Agroforestry is a land management system in which trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland. This intentional combination of agriculture and forestry has a wide variety of benefits.

Woodland Gardening

Woodland gardening is potentially the most productive system for growing food and other useful plants and the principles are suitable for small container gardens to large farms and beyond.

A wide range of plants can be grown in a way that mimics a natural woodland but with a diversity of species being chosen with productivity in mind. Thus you can have tall growing fruit and nut trees as the canopy layer of the woodland offering a wide range of tree crops.

Various smaller trees, shrubs and climbing plants are interplanted amongst the canopy trees. Smaller plants that are tolerant of shade are then grown beneath the trees and shrubs, creating ground cover on the woodland floor.

All of the smaller trees shrubs, and ground cover plants are sheltered from weather extremes such as wind, heat and cold. They can thrive in the protective conditions supported by the woodland providing diversity and variety year round.

A woodland garden requires very little maintenance once it is established, just like a natural woodland it thrives without human intervention such as watering and fertiliser. Deep roots of many species bring up nutrients and water from deep in the soil, ground cover retains water, prevents drought, prevents erosion and suppresses weeds. Leaf fall provides fertiliser, and deters weeds, the diversity invites predators. So watering, weeding, fertiliser, shelter, and 'pest' control are all managed within the system.

Thus we can grow more food on less land with much less effort, leaving plenty of time for harvesting, maintaining pathways and enjoyment. 

What some of our visitors, customers and volunteers have to say about The Naturally Vegan Plot.

The Naturally Vegan Plot is part of a growing conscientious, ethical community who are concerned about our impact on the Earth and all life. We are dedicated to sharing our knowledge and encourage compassion through all our actions.

We consider the sustainable land use to be of planetary significance, please like, follow and share The Naturally Vegan Plot. We hope you will dig deep to help these dreams bear fruit and join us on our woodland journey, so we can all grow into the future.

The greater your investment the more we will achieve!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

5 years electronic subscription & 2 TNVP Badges

5 years electronic subscription to The Naturally Vegan Plot, includes emailed updates plus both of The Naturally Vegan Plot Logo badges. Discount on selected items.

£5 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Vegan Organic Network's Growing Green Magazine

A hard copy of the current 'Growing Green International', the magazine kindly donated by The Vegan Organic Network, posted to a UK address.

£5 or more

1 year TNVP electronic subscription, 1 TNVP Badge

1 years electronic subscription to The Naturally Vegan Plot, includes emailed updates plus one of The Naturally Vegan Plot Logo badges, choice of 2 designs. Discount on selected items.

£10 or more

0 of 10 claimed

A Potted Plant

A pot of Kalanchoe, posted to a UK address.

£10 or more

5 x 35mm Badges

Choose 5 badges from a selection of 19 colourful unique animal rights, environmental and vegan designs. Posted to a UK address. Please let us know which designs you would like from the image at the end of our project description.

£10 or more

0 of 10 claimed

A Potted Plant.

A pot of Impatiens niamniamensis, common name Parrot Plant, posted to a UK address.

£10 or more

0 of 10 claimed

A Potted Plant

A pot of Sedum confusum, common name, Lesser Mexican Stonecrop, posted to a UK address.

£10 or more

0 of 10 claimed

A Potted Plant

A pot of Saxifraga x urbium, common name, London's Pride, posted to a UK address

£10 or more

0 of 10 claimed

A Potted Plant

A pot of Sedum morganianum, common name, Donkey's Tail, posted to a UK address.

£10 or more

0 of 10 claimed

A Potted Plant

A pot of Pachyphytum sp., posted to a UK address

£10 or more

0 of 10 claimed

A Potted Plant

A pot of Chlorophytum comosum, common name spider plant, posted to a UK address.

£10 or more

1 of 2 Great Books By Piers Warren

Choose 1 of these great books:~ 101 Uses for Stinging Nettles by Piers Warren. British Native Trees - Their Past and Present Uses by Piers Warren. Signed by Elaine on behalf of The Naturally Vegan Plot. Includes delivery to a UK address

£10 or more

0 of 2 claimed

'Permaculture A Begginer's Guide' book.

A copy of Graham Burnett's great book, 'Permaculture A Begginer's Guide'. Signed on behalf of The Naturally Vegan Plot by Elaine and posted to a UK address.

£20 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Vegan Organic Network (VON) Annual Membership

VON Newsletter subscription 1 year's membership to the Vegan Organic Network, which includes a twice yearly magazine 'Growing Green International' packed full of articles, advice and features about vegan organic growing and more. Access to back issues of Growing Green International. Discounts on VON’s other publications.

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

A voucher for £20 to spent in Ethica's shop

A voucher for £20 donated by the amazing folks at Ethica, Plymouth's independent, family run, 100% vegan store. To spend in 'probably' the best vegan store in Plymouth, Ethica.

£30 or more

1 of 3 Books

Choose 1 of these 4 books signed by Elaine on behalf of The Naturally Vegan Plot, including postage to a UK address. Permaculture Design: A Step by Step Guide by Aranya. The Minimalist Gardener by Patrick Whitefield. Edible perennial gardening: Growing successful polycultures in small spaces by Anni Kelsey.

£40 or more

Printed vegan friendly T-Shirts

A vegan friendly, khaki t-shirt with the slogan 'The World - Some things are worth saving' on it, with a The Naturally Vegan Plot image.

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£40 voucher for spending in Samphire Brasserie

Many thanks to Becca & Joe who have very generously donated this voucher.

£50 or more

Wild Food Identification with Esther

A tour of Lopwell Dam hosted by Esther from Plymouth Environmental Action, finding and identifying edible and otherwise useful plants and looking at some of their uses.

£50 or more

Choose 1 of 3 books

Choose 1 of these 3 books signed by Elaine on behalf of The Naturally Vegan Plot, including postage to a UK address. The Vegan Cook & Gardener: Growing, Storing and Cooking Delicious Healthy Food all Year Round by Piers Warren and Ella Bee Glendining. Plants for a Future: Edible and Useful Plants for a Healthier World by Ken Fern. No Dig Organic Home & Garden: Grow, Cook, Use & Store Your Harvest by Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty.

£100 or more

Adopt a piece of the plot

Adopt a 2 x 2m (4sq mtr) area of the plot, we will keep you posted on activities within that area for 5 years, plus 5 years electronic subscription to The Naturally Vegan Plot, includes emailed updates.

£150 or more

0 of 4 claimed

An afternoon consultation on your plot.

An afternoon visit to your plot by Elaine and Jim for a Veganic Woodland Gardening consultation. A locational limitation of 50 miles radius of Plymouth, unless otherwise arranged.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1 place on An Introduction To Permaculture Course

1 place on 'An Introduction To Permaculture' course, led by Graham Burnett in the summer of 2019 Held at the idylic setting of Dial House in west Essex. Accommodation: Camping in the Dial House gardens.

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