News & Events

Oxford Real Farming Conference

Wednesday 8th January – Thursday 9th January

Oxford Town Hall, Oxford

ORFC delegates come from across the food and farming sector, with an interest in new agricultural models, and interested in meeting global food system challenges in innovative, environmentally sustainable ways. The Oxford Real Farming Conference is a unique opportunity to connect with new, young and emerging farmers. From those taking over the family farm, to those innovating in unusual urban spaces, meet the people putting new models of farming into practice, be inspired by those who have been farming for some time, and connect with other farmers facing their own challenges in producing good food for healthy communities. See https://orfc.org.uk/ for more details.

Gardening with Nature at Cecil Sharp House

Friday 10th & 24th January, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

These Gardening with Nature sessions provide an opportunity to learn about maintaining the Cecil Sharp House permaculture garden through the year. In these sessions we’ll be carrying out winter pruning of the fruit trees, cleaning and maintaining the tools and reorganising our garden storage. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden Gardening Clubs in January

Saturday 11th, 18th and 25th January, 10.30pm-1.30pm

Nubian Life Resource Centre, 50 Ellerslie Road, White City, London W12 7BW

Come and join us for these sessions in the garden and learn about how to grow and maintain a permaculture, wildlife-friendly, ecological and edible garden. We grow vegetables, herbs, plants for herbal teas, salads, unusual edible perennials, fruit, berries and edible flowers as well as a profusion of flowers for bees and butterflies. Each week you will learn something different that will be appropriate to the time of year. Please let us know if you are coming by emailing jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk

  • Saturday 11th January: We’ll be making butternut squash pizza from last year’s harvest of butternut squash.
  • Saturday 18th January: Come along to plant chilli seeds and learn about where chillis come from and how to grow them.
  • Saturday 25th January: We’ll be planning what we are going to grow through the year.

Workshop: Planning your planting program for 2020

Thursday 16th January, 6.30pm-8pm

Nubian Life Resource Centre, 50 Ellerslie Road, London W12 7BW

This workshop will be about planning a seed-planting program for 2020. You’ll have a template program to fill in with the edible and wildlife-friendly seeds you’d like to plant. Susannah Hall will explain how to go about planning your program and have advice about what to plant when. The workshop is free to come along but you need to book your place by emailing jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk

Workshop: Creating a small pond in your garden

Saturday 18th January, 2pm-3.30pm

Nubian Life Resource Centre, 50 Ellerslie Road, London W12 7BW

Ponds are crucial to provide a diversity of habitats for wildlife in London. We are going to be setting up a small barrel pond in the Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden to demonstrate how easy and straightforward it is to add one to your garden or allotment. The workshop is free to come along but you need to book your place by emailing jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk

Northwick Park Community Garden workshop: An introduction to composting

Thursday 23rd January, 7pm-9pm

Function Room at The Windermere Pub, Windermere Ave, Wembley HA9 8QT

This workshop will be an introduction to the different ways you can compost. We’ll be looking at hot and cold composting, leaf mould, wormeries and bokashi composting. We’ll also look at which composting methods are suitable for small spaces and which for larger spaces. This will be the first in a series of workshops looking at the best way to keep the soil and therefore plants healthy that will run through the year. For more details and booking, see https://billetto.co.uk/e/an-introduction-to-composting-tickets-403133

Tread Well on Earth – A 2-day Introduction to Permaculture Course

Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th January

Treadwell, 5 Tredwell Close, London SW2 3TL

Learn the basics of Permaculture Design on this two-day Introduction to Permaculture and get ready to try it out in your garden, your workplace and your life.
More info and booking at http://www.sociallandscapes.co.uk/events/2018/9-tread-well-on-earth-2-day-introduction-to-permaculture-brg2s

Workshop: Winter mulching and feeding perennials, shrubs and trees in the forest garden

Saturday 25th January, 2pm-3.30pm

Nubian Life Resource Centre, 50 Ellerslie Road, London W12 7BW

Come along to this workshop if you’d like to find out how to take care of forest garden plants in winter. We will be pruning, mulching and feeding the plants in the miniature forest garden at the Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden. The workshop is free to come along but you need to book your place by emailing jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk

Northwick Park Community Garden Tree planting – Half day permablitz

Sunday 26th January, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Northwick Park, Harrow, London HA1 3GX

Winter is a good time to plant trees so come and join us for this planting session at the Northwick Park Community Garden. You’ll have a chance to learn about trees that have edible leaves as well as those with more conventional fruit and nuts. We’ll also be planting some shrubs and perennials. Permablitzes facilitate learning through doing so if you’d like to know how to plant a tree come along to learn and have a go. We will be meeting at 1.15pm in the Northwick Park Pavilion car park.
If you would like to come along please RSVP to northwickparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com so we know how many people to expect.


Job: Head Gardener at Forest Farm Peace Garden

closing date Friday 24 January

Forest Farm Peace Garden, in Hainault, is seeking an experienced gardener to lead on the development of our large 2-acre site and support the running of our ecotherapy programme, which supports mental health recovery. The Head Gardener position is a fantastic opportunity for someone with an understanding of organic and sustainable growing methods and permaculture practices, who is interested in creating a beautiful and therapeutic space for our volunteers. Please see further details and how to apply here: https://www.forestfarmpeacegarden.org/head-gardener

Buddy Volunteer at Forest Farm Peace Garden

closing date 26th January

Forest Farm Peace Garden offers a structured Ecotherapy Programme of gardening and nature-based activities for mental health recovery. The buddy volunteer role provides additional support to people referred to our service to help them get the most out of their time with us. Buddies can make a huge impact by helping to make our volunteers’ experience in the garden welcoming and purposeful. More information at https://www.forestfarmpeacegarden.org/buddy-volunteers


Forthcoming events

Creating a Wildflower Meadow

6 dates starting 1st February,10am

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

Join this exciting, FREE, hands-on course to help us create a new wildflower meadow in Stepney City Farm! During the six-week course you will discover wildflowers and how to grow and care for them. Delivered by ‘Nature and Us’ and Stepney City Farm. Available to people who live, work, study in Tower Hamlets. Spaces are limited so please book a place by emailing: michelle.lindson@fothcp.org or calling: 0208 983 1277
See https://www.facebook.com/events/441149413501087/ for more info.

Winter Fruit Pruning – One Day Workshop

Saturday 1st February, 10am-1pm

The Lodge Victorian Walled Garden, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 3NX

Find out about pruning fruit trees in the winter months in our new one day workshop, led by Sarah Foss, RHS qualified, experienced fruit grower and tutor. Learn how to: Prune spur and tip bearing apples and pears; Regenerate old trees; Improve tree health; Encourage fruiting; Use and maintain pruning tools.
booking at https://www.ecolocal.org.uk/highlight/winter-fruit-pruning-one-day-workshop/

The Magic of Trees #4 – Intro to Woodland Management

Sunday 2nd February, 10am-4pm

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

Into the new year with The Magic of Trees, our fourth journey into the seasonal life and cycles of the wondrous tree beings that offer us so much. This day will span an overview of woodland management, both at the Tree Nursery and across the road in Wick Woods, where we will do some winter tree ID and harvest hazel wands. There will be fire, learning, poetry and joyful connection with the trees in this silent moment before they burst into bud once more. For more info and booking see https://ticketlab.co.uk/series/id/83


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.

Annual £30,000 Permaculture Magazine’s Prize Celebrates Significant Climate Change Solutions

Established in 2018, the Permaculture Magazine Prize aims to showcase the very best examples of ecological, social and economical regenerative permaculture projects in the world. We want to shine a light on good people and good work in a world on the edge of collapse and climate crisis. This year’s winners are helping to nurture refugees, educate tens of thousands of smallholder farmers, creating safe spaces for young people, greening deserts and more.

Nurturing Refugees
African Women Rising takes the main £10,000 award for its work in Palabek Refugee Camp, North Uganda, creating innovative, long-term solutions to help solve the food security problems. (Read more about them in Permaculture Magazine issue 102, out now.)

Turning the Desert Green Again
Bayoudha Village in Jordan takes the second £5,000 prize. Since 2011, the project has used permaculture methods to engage the local community in regenerating their landscape, focussing on conserving and restoring damaged watersheds.

The four runners up are equally impressive and each will receive £2,500

  • Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura (IMAP), Guatemala
  • Northern Youth Project, New Mexico.
  • Permakultur Kalimantan Foundation, Borneo
  • The School of Earth, Greece

2020 Permaculture Magazine Prize
The 2020 Prize will be launched in January. Applications will be open online at permaculture.co.uk. If you would like to get involved as a media partner and philanthropist please contact maddy@permaculture.co.uk. For more details about the Permaculture Prize and this year’s winners, see https://www.permaculture.co.uk/news/%C2%A330000-permaculture-magazine-prize-celebrates-climate-change-solutions

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

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

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 LPN newsletter?

This front page comes from the London Permaculture Network monthly newsletter. If you want your events to be in the newsletter, please email details to us, at info@londonpermculture.com before the 15th of the month, and they will go into the next month’s newsletter.

 


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