The Quadrangle permaculture Forest Garden is an educational and therapeutic landscape resource for children, young people, adult groups, the local community and visitors to the Darent Valley.

Our aims are:
– To improve the microbiology of the soil and the biodiversity of the field and surrounding area.
– Provide an outdoor classroom space where people can learn about edible gardening, permaculture, soil health and the importance of natural eco-systems.
– Be a model for permaculture and regeneration.

To make a donation to the Barney Platts-Mills fund and to support this work please do so here.

To find out more about our ethos and charity partners see here and to hear the story of our pocket of land please watch our animation ‘The Field’ below.

“Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the health crisis, the climate crisis and the crisis of democracy” Dr. Vandana Shiva

Barney Platts-Mills

Barney Platts-Mills dedicated his life to ensuring that disadvantaged communities had greater access especially to the arts. From his debut film Bronco Bullfrog working with the youth of the east end, to his work in Barlinnie special unit, his work at massive videos, and the establishment of the Portobello film festival his firm belief that everyone deserved access to the arts was the driving force behind all of his projects.

In later life Barney became very involved in the small holding and restorative agricultural movement. “Was the earth made to preserve a few covetous, proud men to live at ease; or was it made to preserve all her children” (Gerrard Winstanley, founder of the True Levellers 1649). Barney firmly believed that it was made to feed all of us and he fought to try and make that a reality.

He wrote a manifesto for a better world and in it he talked about the importance of shifting agriculture to small holdings.

“If we had any governments who were interested in the welfare of their citizens they would all be encouraging, by every means possible, the development of small holdings and intelligent gardening. They would ban plastic manufacture and nearly all mining and drilling activities now. To make that end attainable and to stop all the disinformation on these subjects they would no longer recognise the status of the ‘Limited Liability Company’ insisting that all enterprises were the clear responsibility of defined, mortal individuals.”

“In supporting The Quadrangle’s incredible work the family are comforted by the thought that even in death Barney’s name will continue to try and build the better society that he always knew was possible.” Ruby & Roland Platts-Mills and Catriona Guinness.

The Field

A short animation about the story of our pasture fields transformation into a Forest Garden.
Narrated by Deborah Wolton, made by Tem and Badj, sound design Jonah Brody
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The Field