It’s July, so it must be…

London Permaculture Festival

Sunday 19th July, 11am – 6pm

Cecil Sharp House, Camden

London Permaculture Festival

This year’s festival has a wide range of workshops (intro and advanced), ‘how-to’ sessions, live music, films, a stalls market and a family zone.

Workshops will include:

  • Big Picture Permaculture – Inspirational projects near and far! Maddy Harland, Editor Permaculture Magazine
  • Introduction to Permaculture will run through the day with presenters: Shamaila Akram, Randy Mayers, Natalie Mady, Chloe Anthony
  • Permaculture’s Next Big Step: Andy Goldring, CEO Permaculture Association
  • Wildlife Gardening: Kate Bradbury, author of The Wildlife Gardener, Guardian writer and occasional presenter on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time
  • The Barefoot Beekeeper – practical & natural beekeeping in top bar hives: Phil Chandler author of Barefoot beekeeping
  • Green Roofs: Lee Evans, owner of Organic Roofs, winner of National Federation Roofing Contractors green roof of the year 2015
  • Best crops for pots: Mark Ridsdill Smith, Guardian writer, founder of Vertical Veg
  • Sneak preview of the International Permaculture Convergence & Conference: Andy Goldring & Alan Thornton
  • Permaculture – a design science for all : Aranya, author of Permaculture Design – a step-by-step guide
  • Seeds of Fashion – Grow a garment: Zoe Burt & Kate Poland (the project was the runner up for the English Epic award)
  • Soil as a living ecosystem: Sue Amos Glengall Wharf LAND project
  • Urban Permaculture In Action - Diploma accreditation session : Ruth Robinson, Juliet Kemp and Liz Darley will present their designs for the Diploma in Applied Permaculture and answer questions about the whole experience
  • Singers Circle: hosted by Robin Grey from Three Acres and a Cow
  • Come and Meet My Hens – Urban Chicken-keeping: Owen Griffiths
  • Building with Bales: Eileen Sutherland, Partner in Straw Works
  • Applying permaculture to a commercial orchard – reacting to a changing economy and climate : Ben Lambert
  • Transition and Permaculture: Ros Bedlow
  • Getting started with Worm Composting: Paul Richens designer and creator of the Kings Cross Skip Garden
  • Edible Forest Gardening: Kevin Mascarenhas
  • Herbal Medicine for Common Ailments in a Modern World – How to make a medicinally infused oil and cream: Sarah Gray (Herbalist) and Rasheeqa Ahmad (Hedge Herbs)
  • Projects people want to be part of – what works: Anna O’Brien
  • Practical Tips from our Urban Permaculture Garden: Cecilia Litvinoff and Pamela Bhanvra Adams
  • Edible Garden Makeovers – come and meet the Permablitz London team
Enjoy discussions, networking and learning about creative solutions for a sustainable, healthy future. Tickets cost just £6 (£4 concessions) for the day. No need to book – just buy your ticket at the gate!

Last chance to book a stall at the festival

The Stalls Market will be featuring stalls from a host of permaculture and sustainable publications, organisations and retailers and projects. Payment to have a stall is through a cake currency: we ask for 2 cakes per stall which will be sold on the LPN tea and cake stall. There are still spaces available so if you would like a stall please email Lola or Hugh at:

The Festival Needs You – Volunteer Shout Out!

Anyone out there that can help make festival 2015 even better than before? It is organised entirely by volunteers so it’s in our hands!  Help out with publicity or being part of the festival crew .If you would like to get involved, either beforehand or on the day itself, please contact Susannah at:

Do you have a room for an IPCUK delegate?
Currently 26 sponsored delegates are coming from all over the world to the London Permaculture Conference & Convergence this September, and we need to find them somewhere to sleep! The more we house, the more money saved to get even more delegates over. Also, it’s a great way to welcome these Permaculture activists & designers into our community and learn about their amazing work first hand. So if you live in or near London and have a spare bedroom for the nights of the 7th, 8th & 9th September email us at with your phone no. and we’ll call you back to discuss details.

See below for more about the International Permaculture Conference & Convergence in London this September!

Permaculture Picture House presents:
INHABIT, a film about inspiring Permaculture solutions

Tuesday 7 July 6:30pm – 11pm

Passing Clouds, Hackney


We will be showing the film “INHABIT”, which explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design lens of permaculture. Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes. Come along to watch an inspiring film, meet interesting people, and find out more about Permaculture.
Doors open at 6.30, programme starts at 7pm. £4 on the door (£2 concessions) and late night bar available. For more info

The Permaculture Picturehouse needs you. 
London’s monthly Permaculture social, showcasing positive films & speakers, needs some new crew members to help the evenings run smoothly (this is due to members leaving town to follow their permaculture dreams). If you are tech savvy, full of ideas for future evenings or good with people email us at

Pruning and Growing Fruit Trees and Bushes

Saturday 4 July – Sunday 5 July 9:30am – 5pm

Hawkwood Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford

All about fruit

The essentials of pruning and growing fruit trees and bushes: a weekend course for beginner and experienced gardeners who have (or would like) fruit trees and bushes and would like to know how to properly establish and maintain them.

The course will combine classroom-based learning with practical training in the Nursery glasshouses and/or at a local allotment site’s fruit garden. Saturday will focus on site and plant selection, planting, care and maintenance, pest and disease management. Sunday will cover pruning theory and practice including a range of trained forms. More details including prices and course outline on the website

Forest Farm Peace Garden Permablitz: Building Cob Oven Kitchen – Preparation Day

Sunday 5 July, 10am – 5:30pm

Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hainault, East London

This is a woodworking preparation day to create the pieces that will be assembled into an outdoor kitchen for Forest Farm Peace Garden cob oven the following month (see 9 August permablitz). It is for anyone interested in or who has experience of the technical side of woodworking. Numbers are limited so register early.

Forest Farm Peace Garden is an organic community garden in the middle of a large allotment in Hainault, East London with an ecotherapy programme for supported volunteers. They work with a broad cross-section of the local community to promote mental and physical health, social inclusion, intercultural awareness, and environmental sustainability.

RSVP essential: we are already nearly full, so if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us at

Edible Hillside Film Night presents SAMSARA

Sunday 5 July 6pm – 8:30pm

St Margaret the Queen (church), Barcombe Avenue, Streatham, London SW2 3BH


Samsara explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of humanity’s spirituality and the human experience. Join us for a conversation on values and our relationship with the world! More details on the website.

Facilitation Training with Chris Church

Tuesday 7 July, 10am – 4pm

TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AS

Facilitation Training

Good facilitation can help make local discussion and planning an enjoyable and productive process. This interactive course will look closely at the roles a facilitator may play and how a facilitator’s role can encourage long term community development. It will build the confidence of anyone keen to be a good facilitator and give them a solid basis on which to develop their own facilitation skills. Cost £425 – £180. For more details and booking see website.

Come and join the Permablitz London stall at #TransActing: A Market of Values

Saturday 11th July 2015, 12–5pm

Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground at Chelsea College of Arts (between Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts)


This bustling pop-up market will feature artists, designers, economists, civil-society groups, academics, ecologists, activists and others who creatively explore existing structures of evaluation and actively produce new ones.
Come and join Permablitz London at our stall to celebrate and debate what we can learn from the reciprocity of natural ecosystems. We will be promoting permablitzing, permaculture and making some seed bombs along the way! To join our stall email Kayode at For more information on the event visit

London Rainforest Choir Workshop with Su Hart

Sunday 12 July 11am – 4pm

Mary Ward Centre, 42 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AQ

Su Hart

The choir workshops are open to all. Come along and learn the joyful compelling singing of the Baka rain forest people of Central Africa. Their multi-layered polyphony has accompanied daily tasks and ritual for millennia and is great fun. We will learn songs and chants to soothe babies, play with children, enchant animals, heal arguments and celebrate the abundance of life.
Working towards performances to raise funds and awareness for rain forest and other indigenous people and the environment. Pre Booking Essential on website

World Music Day at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Sunday 12 July, 12am – 4pm

Forest Farm Peace Garden, end of Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault, East London

world music day

Our annual World Music Day is a free event featuring brilliant world music performers, along with food stalls, and activities for children such as recycling drums making, natural messy play and crafts! There will be health and wellbeing treatments, demonstrations, and free workshops will include; herbal walk, foraging walk, and many more. Bring along a picnic and a blanket and settle down for an afternoon of music and culture in the beautiful surroundings of Forest Farm Peace Garden.

Permaculture – working with nature

Sunday 12 July all day

Brook Farm, Skeltons Lane, Leyton

Brooks Farm Leyton

This is a one-day introduction to permaculture on a thriving city farm in East London. This interactive, lively course will cover the basics of permaculture, and should give you plenty of ideas for your garden, balcony, or even your lifestyle. There will be an optional, low cost second day on 26th July, for you to practice your design skills on the farm. Fee: £60, or £30 concession. Day two: £30/£15. For details and booking, contact Ros Bedlow:

Media Training with Matthew Davis

Tuesday 14 July

TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AS

The course is designed for people working at local, national or international level, in Public Sector, Charities, NGOs and Social Enterprises.  Cost £425 - £180. For  more information and booking see website.

Green Woodwork Summer Courses

Thursdays from 16 July to 6 August 10am – 5pm

Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington


This course runs over 4 Thursdays and is intended to give people a strong introduction to safely using an axe and a knife and sharpening both, so that you could continue with green woodwork at home or at the Abney workshop after the course. We’ll make lots of practice pieces which will hopefully turn out to be useful items in their own right. Cost : £160 – £100. See website for more details 

Build Your Own Solar Charger workshop

Saturday 18th July – all day

Lewisham, South London

solar charger workshop

Create your own folding, portable solar charger from re-used materials able to power phones & USB devices. Great value for money – and all profits reinvested into our social objectives. No prior knowledge required, and take your charger home at the end of the day. All materials provided, including charging components.  For more information on course content go here: . Combine with Intro to Off-grid and save £25!

Introduction to Off-Grid systems

Sunday 19th July 11am – 3:30pm

Lewisham, South London

Learn off-grid design principles and gain practical skills to build future systems.  To find out more go here: . Combine with Build Your Own Solar Charger and save £25! Ring Max on 07763398720 for more information.

Biomodd London Summer Workshop 2015

Saturday 25 July to Monday 27 July

Create Space London, Chesterfield House, Park Lane, Wembley HA9 7RH


Ever wondered what would happen if we created a computer with a living eco-system inside it??!
Biomodd is a global series of art installations in which computer technology and ecology converge. Computer networks built from up-cycled computer components are provided with living internal ecosystems. In a symbiotic exchange, plants and algae live alongside electronics and use the technology’s waste heat to thrive.

This summer Biomodd London is giving 50 people the opportunity to come and work first hand with the founder – Angelo Vermeulen himself and create a new Biomodd install in London. We are now taking expressions of interest via this Event page and our email. We will only have 50 tickets so RSVP to reserve a place quickly as they’re gonna go fast!!! Email:

Cafe Cairo

Thursday 30 July

88 Landor Road,  Stockwell, London SW9


Every last Thursday of the month is South London Permaculture Cinema at Cafe Cairo. Doors open at 7pm, the evenings flow can be viewed on Showing Eco films for change, promoting permaculture action in London, facilitated by Lola an evolving permaculture artist. Entry is free so what are you waiting for?

21st Century Permaculture Radio

Sunday 5 July and Sunday 19 July at 8pm


Radio show interviewing different guests each time from a pantheon of Permaculturists – talking about what they’re up to and how this feeds into the global movement that is Permaculture today. Mixing in some sweet classic retro funk on the way : … so low you can’t get under it…

5th July - Deano Martin on Perennial Grains.  Read his blog:
19th July - Sean Hearn on Regenerative Beekeeping. And his blog

To Listen go to

If you happen to miss the broadcast, you can listen afterwards at your leisure by going to

Date for your diary!

International Permaculture Convergence 2015

London and Essex – August to September 2015

IPC UK 2015

The Permaculture Association will be hosting the 12th International Permaculture Convergence in London from August to September 2015.

As part of Convergence, the International Permaculture Conference is taking place in London on 8-9 September 2015. Within the overall theme of Designing the World We Want, each day has a focus:
Day One: Practice. Case studies from existing projects and reports on the latest research evidence.
The future that has already arrived: What are the inspiring, far-sighted projects of today that show us how a future sustainable society will look? What a sustainable society could look like in 2030.
Day Two: Process. An exploration of the transformational processes, including permaculture design, that can help bring about the necessary changes. How do we get from where we are now to where we want to be?
92 talks in 32 sessions, 4 panels and 9 workshops. Over 130 speakers and 68 hours of content!

Check out the official website ( for more details and ideas. Register on the website for  discounted tickets!