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posted 17 Dec 2015, 16:06 by NYK Frugaldom   [ updated 2 Mar 2016, 13:31 ]

Friends of Frugaldom

The entire principle of Frugaldom is to pursue financial self-sustainability in an environmentally aware manner while combining the Arts with nature and heritage. Frugaldom is a place we want to share with you all.

Joining us as official 'Friends of Frugaldom' offers a little bit more.

Your contributions help plant more trees, sow more seeds, clear more paths, install new artworks and improve the natural habitat, wetlands and grasslands that will, in turn, encourage more wildlife. These friendships, sponsorships and adoptions help contribute towards the development, maintenance and running costs of the entire project.

First baby hare (leveret) of the year at Frugaldom 28/02/16

You can follow our progress online and, if you choose, visit the site to experience it for yourself. You will be helping to drive this project forward and ensure its survival, which in turn helps provide homes for hares and other wildlife.

Whether you choose to use Frugaldom as a source of inspiration for writing, art, crafting or photography, view it simply as a symbol of the potential for self-sustainability, or have an active interest in our Galloway heritage project, it is mostly about freedom - the freedom to aspire to be all you can be. 

You may want to plant a tree in the new woodland, sow some seeds, plant flowers in the garden of gratitude or go foraging for berries and fruit, or you may prefer to view from afar, knowing that you are contributing towards this great project. The riverbank needs protecting, the old dry stone walls need restoring, the ditches need clearing and the vegetables, fruit and herb beds need tending. Help support the project in any way you can.


We are not a charity, nor do we have financial backing by way of loans, grants or agricultural payments. We are simply frugal living enthusiasts who were fortunate enough to happen upon this wonderful opportunity to create something great that can live on forever. We can accept voluntary contributions if you would prefer not to join as an official friend of Frugaldom or you can contribute a few hours of your time whenever you can spare some. Otherwise, a small monthly payment is all we ask.

We firmly believe that we can create a great outdoor project on a frugal budget, but it all takes time, effort and the support of as many friends as we can muster. We are putting all of these ingredients into making this dream a reality. Join us on our journey, as 'Friends of Frugaldom' from as little as £5 per month.

Frugaldom outdoor project is about freedom, creativity, heritage, nature and the environment. The land itself was previously clear felled, so this needs to be tended and brought back into use as pasture, preferably with a wild flower meadow and native hedgerow that includes hawthorn, holly, dog rose, elder, hazel and blackthorn (sloe). Our hedging will, in years to come, provide for foraging fruit, nuts and berries, while also encouraging wildlife back into this little corner of south west Scotland.

We began planting new woodlands of mixed native trees, such as oak, birch, hazel, willow, field maple and rowan, interspersed with crab apple and wild cherry trees, in November 2014. As part of the Woodland Trust's World War 1 Centenary Woodlands project, Frugaldom was awarded tree packs in November 2014, March 2015, November 2015 and, once again, in March 2016. We are honoured to have been given the opportunity to take part in the creation of a living memorial to the First World War - commemorating the people and the animals whose lives were lost in the fight to defend our freedom.

We have introduced our 'sponsor a tree' option, along with the opportunity to 'tag a post' on the main corral, or paddock. Each area of Frugaldom will be fenced in locally sourced larch wood, rather than wire, so tagging a post helps cover our costs and provides an unusual way of showing your added support. Your contributions will also help feed the adopted ponies and improve the habitat for our resident wildlife.

We will be developing the swathes of bog myrtle, encouraging the sphagnum mosses, cultivating the existing fruit trees and expanding on the willow beds by planting fast-growing varieties that can be harvested as weaving materials for willow sculptures, hurdles, basketry and sustainable biofuel.

We aspire to become a zero waste enterprise, very much focussing on the reduce, reuse, recycle ethos, but we need your help to turn this little piece of wilderness into a wonderland. Water is harvested from the barn roof, power is generated from portable solar and nothing is being wilfully wasted.

The Galloway

Based in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway, our heritage project is also one that should interest many who visit in the future.


Galloway Ponies: Stretching back several hundred years, it traces the history of modern day Thoroughbreds to the very roots of their racing existence - the native Galloway ponies that roamed these hills and lowlands before being dispersed throughout the world to become the progenitors of today's finest horses. Plans include an eco arts sculpture park set within an area designated specifically to the Galloway heritage.

Galloway Pippins: In 2016 we begin planting the first of the new orchard of Galloway Pippin apple trees, a dual purpose  heritage variety first recorded in 1871 in nearby Wigtown, Scotland's national book town.

Galloway Cattle: Although we don't have grazing for cattle and horses, the locality has plenty to offer, with several breeders nearby, plus our ecoarts sculpture trail will be displaying its own type of Belted Galloways, created at Frugaldom from Frugaldom grown wood and willow.

Friends of Frugaldom can benefit from hugely discounted frugal breaks*, as we now have our own holiday accommodation nearby, offering you the chance to escape to the country and experience Frugaldom for yourself.

Please feel free to join us in the frugal forums to follow the progress of the project - you may even like to learn a little bit more about frugal living and the many other money saving challenges we set ourselves.

Websites, blogs, forums, chat room and Frugaldom Project administration by NYK Media.

* See for details of nearby accommodation.*