We are in Skåne (Scania in Scandinavia), in the middle of the region where different types of landscape meet. To the west and south you find the relatively open farming land , to the north and east a landscape with vast forests, ridges and rocks. We are in a place where there is quiet without traffic noise.
In this meeting point we are creating a self-sustaining village with 49 building sites. It is at the edge of the forest, 10 sites just outside the forest edge, the remaining are in the woods. There are approx. 45 houses built in a different and separate section. There is also a surrounding area of common land consisting of forest, fields and meadow with a creek running through, in total there are 45 hectares of scenic area.
The land is sloping slightly to the east and especially north. Surprisingly, this is ideal for the ancient Veda architecture (called Vastu), which has its origins far, far back in time: The east-facing slope is favorable because it intensifies the effect of the rising sun. In the morning the sun's rays are more life-giving, creative, while at noon they is more burning and damaging. If a site opens to the east, the house is charged every morning with a good energy.
The growth is beech forest. We want to enrich the forest, and in order to build the houses and let the light into the woods, some trees must be cut down. It can also be good to eventually plant a number of oak trees, as this gives a brighter undergrowth so that for example rhododendrons, hortensia and other bushes and flowers can bloom through the spring and summer. Our thoughts are a blossoming undergrowth, where light can enter all year round. An important idea for the village is to preserve the feeling of being surrounded by nature. The present character of the forest floor invites to maintain it, and in spots where it is favorable, to cultivate smaller spots of land. The soil is good, with clay, hilly and with some stones - in some places the rock is visible.
The map below shows red and green areas. In the red belts we will maintain 70% of the trees which means that the impression of forest will be preserved. The green belts are the areas where the houses are planned to be built - the best position according to Vastu. Here we will only preserve 50% of the trees, so that it will be easier to prepare the building sites (shown with the numbers on the map). This work of felling trees will be carried in summer/authum 2015. Afterwards it will be much easier for the coming owners themselves to create a forest garden according to their own dream.
The lake or wetland
The common ground north of the village offers a beautiful view through the trees and leads down to a meadow, through which a creek (bæk) meander which is about 2 m wide. We want to restore the meadow as a wetland/lake which has been there back in time. This is a very exciting opportunity because, according to Vedic village design it is favorable to have a lake to the north. Also it provides an additional attraction to the area, as most people like to have views over water. The wetland can cover a large area of probably up to 10 hectares.
We have had informative meetings with the Regional Authorities (Lensstyrelsen) and Lund University on the feasibility of achieving this. Lensstyrelsen has already helped with consulting services, where it appeared that a wetland of this size has a significant re-balancing impact on wildlife. A brief report describing the lake has been made. Such a project must be done in cooperation with other owners of our common area and of neighboring areas.
The universities in Lund and Malmö have indicated to us that their students could make student projects on environmental issues and landscaping.