Here are some ways to use Hedgerow Associations. In each case, the Association can be at any price point, from low budget to luxury.
- Property development: Why should new development be ugly? We can create new housing as Hedgerow Associations, thereby creating beautiful landscape and local farming jobs. Remember, traditional unspoilt villages and countryside are also “developments” – just ones that happened a long time ago and which evolved over many years. A new Hedgerow Association could be – and should be – just as attractive.
- Resorts: Create resorts that are, in themselves, beautiful. This is useful for areas of natural beauty that are looking to develop in a truly sustainable way. Resorts where guests stay in attractive houses surrounded by authentic landscape. If staff housing is needed, staff can live in low-cost housing that is equally beautfiul. Each resort grows some of its own food, or joint-ventures with local farmers to grow following Hedgerow Design guidelines.
- Inns & hotels: Similar to Resorts above, but with less land.
- Factories Build factories and industrial properties as Hedgerow Associations, so they are surrounded by oases of charming countryside. If workers need housing, create attractive low-cost housing villages that will promote feelings of well-being as well as spur local food production and biodiversity. This is a practical solution to the problem of rural flight to factory towns, especially in developing nations. It reduces the social problems that arise when workers leave their villages to live in industrial-style block housing in desolate surroundings.
- Selling food and products: Create Hedgerow-certified artisanal products, such as soaps, wine, clothing, etc. Like the well-known high-end traditional brands, these would evoke the nostalgic recollections of a byegone era. In addition, they would be truly nice places to live, work and visit.
- Aquaculture: Develop acquaculture farms structured as Hedgerow Associations. Low-intensity aquaculture that is based on “stocked ponds” rather than industrial production pools. These ponds, surrounded by gardens, orchards, and woods, would be a pleasure to visit and would actually benefit and enhance their surroundings.
- Large scale land development in emerging markets Develop large tracts of land as an intricate tapestry of small farms, villages, small factories, and other businesses This creates many small jobs, diverse products for both local markets and export, diverse cash flows of other businesses, with reduced big-ticket expenses for heavy machinery etc. Workers live in attractive low-cost housing villages that promote feelings of well-being as well as spur local food production and biodiversity. This provides a healthy alternative to large-scale industrial agriculture, which, by focussing on only a few major crops, can link an entire region’s fortunes to international market fluctuations. Now this farmland is so attractive it also has a tourism component.
- Nursing homes & hospices Build nursing homes and hospices as Hedgerow Associations. Interiors are warm, welcoming, intimate, human, simple and attractive. Exteriors are picturesesque organic farms with flowers, chickens, horses, cows, orchards, ponds, etc. Thus the residents are surrounded by life. Ideally, build homes & hospices in conjunction with schools and other life-filled enterprises.
- Schools Build schools as Hedgerow Associations. Schools that look like rambling comfortable houses instead of harsh institutions. This would include indirect lighting, attractive human interiors, simple wooden desks and chairs, etc. Outside, the grounds (if available) would include orchards, vegetable gardens, livestock. Students could also, if desired, spend a minimal time per week working on the farm and grounds. Of course, schools would also offer all modern technologies. Thus schools will become charming places to study and visit.