Hugel Mound Workshop


Above: Not yet a Hugel Mound at Allotment Soup

Make a Hugel Mound at Allotment Soup

with Vincent Walsh

Saturday 1 August 2020

10am – 4pm


Welcome back to Allotment Soup, for our first public workshop since lockdown with Ecological Designer Vincent Walsh

Allotment Soup: the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space
Mill Lane, Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 3XX (opposite the fire station)


What Is a Hugel mound?

Hugel mounds derive from the German word ‘hügelkultur’, the literal translation for a hügel mound is “hill culture”. The design was originally pioneered by Sepp Holzer, a farmer and international consultant for natural agriculture.

How will it help growing?

A Hugel mound is effectively a raised bed, filled with rotten wood and materials that would otherwise go to waste to create a highly fertile soil. A range of different crops can be planted directly into the Hugel mound providing more sustainable growing space, while supporting the site to retain moisture, emit carbon, aerate the soil, and supply nutrients as the mound decays over the years.

This will be a hands on workshop as we create the layers of compostable materials to make the Hugel mound. See full details about the day below.

Please bring:

  • Your own food or snacks – due to COVID-19 Art Gene will not be providing any refreshments
  • Clothing for the weather – waterproofs/ sunscreen/ study footwear
  • Your own gardening gloves (essential)
  • Your own gardening tools – spade or fork if you have them




Art Gene takes seriously its responsibility to protect its staff, volunteers and the most vulnerable during the pandemic. This workshop will be socially distanced throughout, and we ask that you confirm your attendance so that we do not exceed capacity. Please bring your own gardening gloves and wear them throughout to minimise the risk of possible transmission from surfaces. Please note toilet facilities are closed.

We have COVID-19 risk assessments in place and are implementing preventative precautions to minimise transmission at the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space. If you have any questions about how we’re keeping the community safe, please get in touch. 


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