The Apricot Centre runs projects and activities in North Essex and South Devon. With a focus on food quality local food, wellbeing and creativity. 
courses designing a biodynamic farm
  • In North Essex (map) based on a 4 acre organic orchard, we run courses, host visits, cook food and make preserves, provide wellbeing services, care farming and seminars. 
  • In South Devon (map) - We are working towards the Huxham's Cross Farm and Wellbeing Project. This will involve developing a 33 acre Biodynamic Farm in Week near Dartington, Devon. Read about this project on our Land @ Week page, and on the BDLT Website.  Please take our surveys and come and join our Spring Farm Design courses.
  • Our Ethos - Our ethos is one of caring for people, caring for the earth and fairshares for all. We run the business as a not for profit. For those of you familiar with permaculture this is the ethos we have borrowed from them.

The Apricot Team

We have a small team that we call upon to carry out projects and related activities such as catering or putting in gardens for the home, organisations or schools. We also design sustainable and edible gardens large or small scale so you too can enjoy your own food, wildlife and feel good !

The snowy winter has made for some incredible scenes and sounds at the Apricot Centre and farm in 2009/2010. Walk with us through the farm in this youtube video

A New Year Walk (2009/2010) through the Apricot Centre

Centre News
  • http://www.biodynamiclandtrust.org.uk/sites/g/files/g340271/f/201406/Week%20Land%20Share%20Offer_1.pdf
    'Huxham's Cross Farm' & The Apricot Centre at Week, Dartington. While the BDLT Shares deadline has been reached, there are still some monies to be raised. So please give your support if possible. We are pleased to say that shares and gifts continue to rise.  And the BDLT have given the go ahead with buying the land. You can download the Prospectus here. Read more...
  • The Share Launch and Walking the Land

  • Willy Lott's House Garden at Flatford has now been permaculturally designed and put in with volunteers - Full details
The pictures here show the garden pre-design, and then during the implementation of the Permaculture design.

The centre is run by Mark and Marina O'Connell
  • Mark is process oriented psychotherapist, he is a UKCP registered child psychotherapist. He works in the NHS but also runs a practice at the centre as well as occasional seminars. 
  • Marina is a horticulturist, biodynamic grower,  a permaculture designer and trainer, she runs the farm and runs courses at the centre on permaculture, sustainable horticulture and creativity as well as many of other activities. 
The overlap of these two seemingly unrelated occupations is where sustainable food production and wellbeing overlap. We believe that having regular and close experiences in nature give a sense of wellbeing to everyone, we do this through being here, celebrating nature within a productive system, eating lovely food from the garden, sometimes doing therapeutic work in the woodland. We practice care farming to share wellbeing with others, run courses on Ecopsychology, and generally have a great time in nature and around food.

The Apricot Centre - in a nutshell

The Apricot Centre - in a nutshell

The Apricot Centre -  a longer video showing the design process around the fruit farm and centre

The Apricot Centre - B Movie


If you have worked with or experienced the Apricot Centre we would greatly appreciate your feedback which you can add at the following feedback link

For some reason this video of making an earth oven has had more people view than any other video.

Creating and Earth Oven at the Apricot Centre

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