London Permaculture Festival – a great day out!

The London Permaculture Festival was another great success this year! The good weather held, and over 700 people came and attended workshops, browsed the stalls market, and ate cake from the festival tea and cake stall.

The Families at the Festival zone kept the kids busy – they played in the garden, listened to nature stories, got their faces painted, did nature art, planted a seed, learnt about wildlife, and much more. The zone included Cecil Sharp House outdoor classroom, Permaculture Kids, Plastic Pixel Arts, and Lost in Talent who all kept the children (and a few adults!) entertained.

It was a wonderful day – stimulating, fun and friendly! Thank you to everyone who helped make the festival possible: speakers, stall holders, volunteers, and of course, attendees!

Companion planting and natural pest control

Wednesday 2nd August, 5:30pm-8:00pm

St Lukes Community Centre, 90 Central St, London EC1V 8AJ

We will be looking at organic methods to keep plants healthy, productive and pest free. During the session we will explore how to grow and use companion plants, looking at specific examples at the community garden. The focus will be on pest prevention and will include barrier methods, interplanting, planting to attract beneficial insects and biological controls. Organised by Capital Growth. For all our coming training sessions please visit:

Arts & Crafts garden group at Forest Farm Peace Garden – Balm making with Jala

Friday 4th August, 2pm-3pm


Forest Farm Peace Garden, end of Hazelbrouck Gardens, Forest Farm Allotments, Hainault IG6 2XL

Join us in the garden for an hour of indulgent art and craft focused around an exploration of ecotherapy in a lovely natural setting! Ecotherapy Worker Fran will be showing us how to relax with art in nature exploring activities which use materials from the garden. All are welcome, but you must confirm your attendance before hand if you are not a current garden user – to sign up, please contact Fran –

Composting for Beginners

Saturday 5th August, 1pm-4pm

Glengall Wharf Garden, 64, Glengall Road, Peckham, SE15 6NF

Free entry – see for more details

Income generation for community gardens

Wednesday 9th August, 10:30am-1:00pm

Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, Inner Circle, London, NW1 4NP

Getting income into your community garden doesn’t just mean fundraising. For many groups the idea of trading to generate income can be a daunting one, but small-scale trading can generate not only income but new skills for your community garden. This session will help you develop some innovative ideas and activities using your space, your skill and your produce that could generate income to your project. Organised by Capital Growth. For all our coming training sessions please visit:

Urban plant safari: Nature walk and botanical drawing

Wednesday 23rd August, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Cordwainers Grow, 182 Mare Street, London E83RE

In this session you will go on a walk of discovery – to reveal overlooked wildlife in the nooks and crannies of our streets. You will learn some basic botanical terms, methods of identifying plants and names of wild flowers and grasses such as mouse ear and bristly ox tongue. You will scrutinise and record them through drawing – with the help of artist Neela Basu. The walk will be led by gardener, Kate Poland, who founded and runs Cordwainers Community Garden, and champions those plants that some people call weeds. Organised by Capital Growth. For all our coming training sessions please visit:

International Bat Weekend at Glengall Wharf Garden

Saturday 26th August, 11am-4pm

Glengall Wharf Garden, 64, Glengall Road, Peckham, SE15 6NF

Bat box building workshop at Glengall Wharf Garden. For more details see

Cafe Cairo


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?

25 years of Permaculture Magazine!

The 25th issue of Permaculture Magazine was launched at the London Permaculture Festival and to mark the occasion Lucy Purdy, editor of Positive News has interviewed Maddy and Tim Harland, who founded the magazine. You can read the article here:

London Permaculture Network – Interactive Project Map


The London Permaculture network has launched a map of permaculture, and permaculture-friendly projects in London. Go to 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

Forthcoming Events

Mindfulness in the garden

Saturday 2nd September, 10:30am-1:00pm

Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, Inner Circle, London, NW1 4NP

Being outdoors in nature and in the garden is deeply healing for us as humans. Reconnecting with the earth, with the soil, with the seasons is nourishing and restoring for our well being. Organised by Capital Growth. For all our coming training sessions please visit: More details:

Film Screening at Glengall Wharf Gardens

Sunday 3rd September, 7pm

Glengall Wharf Garden, 64, Glengall Road, Peckham, SE15 6NF
Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival screening ‘Flicker and Pulse’ plus Q&A with director after film. For more details see

Two day Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September

Treadwell, 5 Tredwell Close, London SW2 3TL

Learn the basics of Permaculture Design on this two-day Introduction to Permaculture and be ready to try it out in your garden, your workplace and your life. Find out more and register here: 

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September

Arc Hall, Hoathly Hill Community, West Hoathly RH194SJ

The Introduction to Permaculture is a weekend course giving you an overview of permaculture, its key design tools, case studies of permaculture people and places and some practical activities. You have the opportunity to try out permaculture design tools on a project of your choice. Lifts from East Grinstead train station available. for more details see:

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