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The annual London Permaculture Festival is a one day grassroots event that attracts around 700 people who come to learn about how the ethical design science of permaculture can offer sustainable, regenerative green solutions to different areas of modern life.

Come along for workshops (intro and advanced), ‘how-to’ sessions, a stalls market, a ‘families at the festival’ zone and Children in Permaculture module (see below). Enjoy discussions, networking and learning about creative solutions for a sustainable, healthy future. Workshops for 2019 include:

  • Andy Goldring, Permaculture Association Chief Executive
    CTRLshift: Shaping our future together

  • Maddy Harland, Editor Permaculture Magazine
    Climate Emergence: How can we prevent our extinction both practically and psychologically?

  • Aranya, author Permaculture Design
    Assembling effective permaculture systems

  • Nat Mady
    Introduction to Permaculture

  • Mark Ridsdill Smith, Vertical Veg
    Herbs on your doorstep: the best herbs to grow in small spaces

  • Mary Rawlinson
    Straw bale buildings a cheap, green fix?

  • Alex Laird
    Living medicine: improving health and wellbeing with food and herbs

  • Nicola Peel, Eyes of Gaia
    Solutions , Resilience and Biomimicry

  • Randy Mayer
    Living in an intentional off-grid community

  • Rakesh
    Collaborative community decision making in practice. A practical workshop on sociocracy.

Children in Permaculture
This year’s festival will highlight Children in Permaculture with a series of workshops running through the day on that theme followed by a Children in Permaculture International Conference at Cecil Sharp House on Monday 8th July.  Workshops:
  • Lusi Alderslowe
    Introduction to engaging children in permaculture

  • Lara Kastelic and Tomi Gjerkes
    Dragon Dreaming with Children and Adults

  • Didi Deshaies
    Moving permaculture beyond the garden – integrating permaculture into the whole school culture

  • Matt Willer
    The Allotment Project – Permaculture in High School

Plus an amazing cake stall!

More information at http://www.londonpermaculturefestival.com


Children in Permaculture International Conference

Monday 8th July, 9:30am to 5:30pm

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, Camden, London, NW1 7AY

This one day conference for school, nursery and kindergarten teachers, Forest School leaders, parents, permaculture educators, policy-makers, Scout Leaders and anyone else interested in the education of children, to find out about best practice in the field of Permaculture Education, Learning for Sustainability and Outdoor Learning. It is the day after the London Permaculture Festival at which there will be a Children in Permaculture presence with speakers appearing at both events. This conference is being organised by the European Children in Permaculture project in which best practice has been shared across the continent from Finland to Italy, Scotland to Romania. More info and bookings http://childreninpermaculture.com/events/2019-conference/


Understand and support the Soil-Food-Web

Tuesday 2nd July, 6:30pm-9pm

Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden, Nubian Life Centre, 50 Ellerslie Road, London W12 7BW

This session, organised by Capital Growth will explain the soil-food-web and explore how to make plant teas and aerated compost teas to support it.
During the session we will make our own plant tea, and apply it to the garden. Trainer – Susannah Hall. More details and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understand-and-support-the-soil-food-web-tickets-57010000446

See Susannah’s article about the importance of the soil-food-web for Jellied Eel magazine here.

Grow Well, Feel Well: Health, Wellbeing and Growing Food in the City

Thursday 4th July, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, London E1 5AR

Join us for an evening of workshops, talks and networking. Learn more about food growing and health, age-frendly and inclusive volunteering and the heritage of growing in London. Organised in partnership with Growing Health, our summer event is for growers, community organisers, support workers and anyone interested in the links between food growing and health and working in this area. More info and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grow-well-feel-well-health-wellbeing-and-growing-food-in-the-city-tickets-62304309868

Gardening with Nature Session at Cecil Sharp House

Friday 5th July, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 7AY

In this session we’ll be making the final preparations in the garden before the London Permaculture Festival taking place on Sunday 7th July. We’ll be maximising the nectar available to bees and butterflies by deadheading flowers, applying comfrey tea to the garden and labelling plants and labelling plants for the children’s Festival Garden Trail. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Essex Scythe Weekend with Claire White

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July

Willow Bank Farm, Magdalen Laver, Essex CM5 0EE

A scything workshop at Willowbank Farm, run by experienced scything trainer Claire White. So if you fancy learning the art of scything or just feel like getting away from it all, while learning something new, camping, outdoor cooking and meeting new people, then this is for you. More details at https://spiralseed.co.uk/2019/06/19/essex-scythe-weekend-with-claire-white-willow-bank-farm-magdalen-laver-essex/

Keeping Chickens

Saturday 13th July, 10am-1pm

Benhill Allotments, 149 Benhill Rd, Sutton SM1 3SB

Learn the basics for keeping your own chickens, including where and how to house them, daily maintenance and what to feed them. Also get the chance to see and handle a range of breeds. All welcome and no experience needed. More details: https://www.ecolocal.org.uk/highlight/keeping-chickens-saturday-13th-july-2019/

The Magic of Trees: Introducing Tree Identification, Biology & Ecology

Sunday 14th July, 10am-4pm

Hackney Community Tree Nursery, Hackney Marshes (entrance off car park opposite Sports Pav), Homerton, London E9 5PF

We are making a year-long series of Sundays at the lush Hackney Tree Nursery & Forest Garden, to bring us into contact with the lore, the wisdom, the medicine, the craft and the magic of our tree communities and their value in our ecologies. Each day will be a gathering to share knowledge, practical activity and connection with the land, marking a cycle and season of the year, and focusing on a different theme connecting with the season. More info and booking here: https://ticketlab.co.uk/series/id/42

Gardening with Nature Session at Cecil Sharp House

Friday 19th July, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 7AY

Come along to this session where we’ll be planting seeds for autumn salads, mulching and deadheading. We’ll be applying comfrey tea and aerated compost tea. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden day of health and wellbeing

Saturday 20th July, 10am-4pm

Nubian Life, 50 Ellerslie Road, London W12 7BW

Come and join us at the Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden for a day of health and wellbeing as part of the National Park City Festival. Find out about growing salads, herbs and flowers by a window. Start the morning with an outdoor yoga session, find out about herbal teas, how to make a healing cream from flowers and many other activities. Children’s activities run through the day: Facepainting, Meet the mini-beasts in the garden, Plant a seed for the bees and butterflies to grow at home, Nature art.

Timetable of workshops:
10:00 to 10:30 Garden Yoga
10:45 to 11:30 Herbal teas workshop – find out about herbal teas and their health benefits
11:45 to 12:30 Window box growing workshop – find out about how you can incorporate plants into your home by growing salads, herbs and flowers by a window
12:30 to 14:00 Lunch – come and join us for soup and salad from the garden
14:00 to 14:30 Garden tour – find out about the unusual edible plants in the miniature forest garden
14:45 to 16:15 Skin cream workshop – how to make a healing cream for your skin from flowers
10:00 to 16:00 Plant a salad pot to take away and grow on your windowsill Try some herbal teas and learn about different plants you could grow to produce your own herbal teas
To secure a place on any of the workshops email jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk specifying which workshop(s) you would like to book a place on (spaces are limited).
Everyone is very welcome to drop-in throughout the day to enjoy any of the ongoing activities. We look forward to seeing you there.

Introduction to Forest Gardening

Saturday 27th July, 10:00am-4:30pm

OrganicLea, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, London, E4 7UH

Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production system, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables. The design principles can be replicated in even the smallest of urban gardens – find out how, and learn how to implement this abundant system in your own garden or community space with Graham Burnett, author of Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide and the Vegan Book of Permaculture and experienced forest gardener. More info and booking: https://spiralseed.co.uk/product/design-4-life-introduction-to-forest-gardening-one-day-course-with-graham-burnett/

Bud-Grafting Fruit Trees

Saturday 27th July, 10.30am-3.30pm

The Lodge, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NX

Learn how to propagate fruit trees by budding in our new one day workshop. More info: https://www.ecolocal.org.uk/highlight/bud-grafting-fruit-trees-one-day-workshop/

Capital Growth Courses in July

Learn about urban food growing and running community gardens with our hands-on sessions in gardens across London.

Understand and support the soil food web, Tuesday 2nd July, 6pm. Nubian Life Resource Centre W12 7BW
Garden weeds: Food, medicine and fertiliser. Wednesday 3rd July, 6pm. Edible Landscapes London N4 1BY
Fermenting: Sauerkraut, kimchi and fruit drinks. Saturday 6th July, 10:30am. Hackney Herbal E9 5LD
Foraging walk talk and taste: Summer’s bounty revealed. Saturday 13th July, 10:30am. Edible Landscapes London N4 1BY
Facilitating nature connection, play and natural movement for community building. Tuesday 16th July, 18:00. St Mary’s Garden, Hoxton, E2 8EL
Growing autumn and winter veg. Wednesday 17th July, 18.00. Regent’s Park Allotment Garden NW1 4NR
Environmental therapy workshop: Attunement to nature and seasonal cycles. Saturday 20th July, 10.30. Whetstone Stray Allotments N12 7DX
Mindful gardening: Slow grows it. Wednesday 24th July, 18.00. Whetstone Stray Allotments N12 7DX

More information and links to booking pages here https://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Forthcoming Events

Capital Growth events in early August

Building earth pizza ovens. Saturday 3rd August 10.30am, Sydenham Garden Resource Centre.
Growing autumn and winter veg. Wednesday 14th August, 6pm, The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden

More information and links to booking pages here https://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

London Permaculture Network – Interactive Project Map

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The London Permaculture network has launched a map of permaculture, and permaculture-friendly projects in London. Go to http://www.londonpermaculture.com/map/ to see it. Use the map to guide yourself around the projects in your local area, and the whole of London.
This map is still being developed, and we would love your project to be included! If you would like your project added to the map please contact us at info@londonpermaculture.com


Brighton Events

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside – so head down to the Brighton Permaculture Trust – just a train ride away. Check out their website for news of courses, events and Permaculture by the sea.

21st Century Permaculture Radio

Archive programmes available at https://www.mixcloud.com/21stcenturypermaculture/

Open Days & Volunteering

Please confirm with the project for opening hours and volunteering days.

Cecil Sharp House, Camden NW1
Come and volunteer at the permaculture LAND (Learning and Network Demonstration site) project at Cecil Sharp House. Weekly volunteering sessions. Email csh-landproject@permablitzlondon.com

Nubian Life Resource Centre : For more information about the gardening club at Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden, email jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk

Organic Lea – Hawkwood Plant Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH.  Organiclea hold Open Days at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery on the last Sunday of each month 12pm – 4pm. Just show up and join in. Regular volunteer days at Hawkwood are Wednesdays and Fridays 11am-4pm, and Tuesday afternoons 1.30-4pm. New volunteers are asked to join a volunteer induction, on the 1st Wednesday or 3rd Friday of every month. Check the website for more information including induction dates, www.organiclea.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/

Orchard Project – London and nationwide. There are loads of events happening each month that you can help out with, check out their website for up-to-date info: http://www.theorchardproject.org.uk/

Edible Landscapes Finsbury Park N4. Our sessions are every Sunday 10-2. No need to book, just come and join in! **Please don’t forget to bring suitable all-weather clothes and footwear**  Shared lunch is at 1pm, so bring something to nibble. We usually have a foraged salad as well.

The Meadow Orchard Crouch End, N8. Every Saturday 11-4pm  workday to care for the site, garden, orchard and wildlife meadow, plus an Eco-building session. Variable depending on leaders availability so check website for details: www.meadoworchard.org
Burgess Park Food Project. Weekly open sessions :
General garden volunteering ~ every Sunday from 1pm-4pm
Grown in Peckham ~ growing to sell ~ every Thursday 1-4pm, shared lunch at 1pm.

How do I get my event in the newsletter?

If you want your events to be in the London Permaculture Network newsletter, please email them to us, at info@londonpermculture.com before the 15th of the month, and they will go into the next month’s newsletter, and then become the home page of this web site.

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