Biodiversity

“Be the change you want to see”​

Vale of the Stars is part of a growing network of small scale regenerative projects restoring biodiversity in the region. We’ve been restoring a neglected valley that has been dominated by monoculture pine forests over the past fifty years.

Our forest regeneration programme focuses on supporting the indigenous trees to regenerate such as the sweet Chestnut, Wild Cherry, Various varieties of Oak, Hawthorn, Madronha, Wild Rose, Willow and many more. We have also planted many dryland trees, slowly and consciously felling the pines, some are now dead or dying from a nematode (which is caused by the imbalance of monoculture agroforestry. We have used some for the natural building projects on the land.


By supporting deciduous trees to return, we are preventing desertification in the region, leaf mulch, strong root system and shady areas improve soil quality, which in turn allows more water retention in the land this in turn encourages a larger variety of fauna and flora to grow which also supports wildlife.

This is our mission – to bring harmony back to the land for ALL that live upon her. To BELONG to Mother Earth not to force and control her.   

Off-grid eco-conscious living is part of our ethos

This is our mission – to bring harmony back to the land for ALL that live upon her. To BELONG to Mother Earth not to force and control her.   

Off-grid eco-conscious living is part of our ethos:

Water – ‘Grey’ water feeds the flowers, plants and vegetables.

Water from our wells and the water mine is stored through the use of a solar-powered pump to a storage tank. It is consciously used via a gravity-fed system that feeds the showers and kitchens and the irrigation systems for watering the trees and plants.

The compost toilet system creates ‘Humanure’ that can be used on the land after a period of time in sealed chambers that break it down into an inert compost.

Solar-powered electricity offers the convenience of modern living, but keeps an awareness of energy consumption that self-reliance outside the national grid.

Composting of our vegetable matter allows improvement of soil quality for vegetable and plant growing.

Development of many ‘hugel’ beds on the land is encouraging water retention which in turn supports the growth of many plants and trees.