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Biodynamic Agriculture Evening

Thursday 2nd March, 7.30-9pm

Rudolf Steiner House, London

Evening talk about Biodynamic Agriculture. Tickets £5/£7. More details http://www.rsh.anth.org.uk/index.php

Plant More trees!

Saturday 4th March, 9.30am-3 pm

Meath Gardens, Mile End, London E2 0QL

Come and join us to plant trees. Meet at the Meath Gardens Canal Footbridge. We look forward to seeing you! Enquiries: 07887 410201

Introduction to Permaculture

Sunday 5 March, 10am-4:30pm

May Project Gardens, 158 Middleton Road, Morden, SM4 6RW

This one day workshop can either be considered as a stand alone introduction to Permaculture ethics, principles and design, or else can be a lead-in to the more in depth full 72 hour Permaculture Design Course. The day is led by experienced permaculture teacher Graham Burnett (author and illustrator of Permaculture- a Beginners Guide) in partnership with May Project Gardens, a team of grassroots activists working to educate and empower urban communities to live sustainably.
Booking and more info http://spiralseed.co.uk/product/design-4-action-introduction-permaculture-day-may-project-gardens-south-london/

We Dig It 2 – a new Monday afternoon gardening club in Brockley

Monday 6th March, 1:30pm-4pm

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Frendsbury Gardens, Frendsbury Road, London SE4 2BL

New gardening club starting 6th March. All over 18s welcome! Tools, teaching and refreshments provided. How to get there: https://frendsbury.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/getting-to-frendsbury-gardens/

Free Workshop –‘Permaculture and People Care’

Wednesday, 8th March 2017, 11am–1pm

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Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hazelbrouck Gardens, Ilford IG6 2XL (5 mins from Hainault tube)

Come along for our open morning event, look around and enjoy our free workshop on “Permaculture and People-Care” with Susannah Hall, active in Permablitz London, a talented gardener and permaculture designer. The workshop will introduce you to the basics of permaculture, and to some ideas about how you could apply it in your daily life and work. It will be followed by a walk around the garden and shared lunch (optional).

This event is aimed at all interested in taking part in our Buddy Volunteer Training in March 2017. You can get a chance to see the garden, meet the staff and volunteers and learn more about our ecotherapy programme. More details https://forestfarmpeacegarden.wordpress.com/events/upcoming-and-recent-events/

Pollinator Paths Wandsworth

Friday 10 March to Saturday 11 March, 1.30pm-5.30pm

Venues in Tooting and Wandsworth, South London

London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) have been lucky enough to be supported by Players of the Peoples Postcode Lottery to start a new project in Wandsworth designing and planting stepping stones for flying pollinators. We are calling for anyone interested to attend a design workshop to assist with knowledge of urban growing, flying pollinators or city microclimates. Even if you can’t attend please sign up to join our knowledge network and contribute your thoughts/ideas to the design. For more details contact Hannah Gardiner 020 7234 9402 or h.gardiner@lsx.org.uk. More details http://www.lsx.org.uk/docs/page/3581/Stepping%20Stones%20for%20Biodiversity%20DRAFT.pdf

Rhea’s allotment permablitz

Saturday 11th March, 10am-5pm

East Acton, West London

Come and join us at Rhea’s allotment where we will be clearing some bramble roots before laying out productive beds where Rhea can grow food using permaculture polycultures that will include fruit trees, unusual edible perennials and annual vegetables. We will also be setting up a water collection system and creating a pond. There will be mini workshops on permaculture polycultures, choosing the best rootstock for your fruit trees, creating a water collection system for a shed and the wildlife benefits of having a pond.

RSVP Essential: 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 here

Apple Grafting Workshop

Saturday 11th March, 10am-2pm

Edible Landscapes, Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ

Learn how to graft apple trees using the ancient ‘whip and toungue’ method with a knife. Once you’ve learned this reliable technique you’ll be able to create new trees year after year for next to nothing! Lewis has grafted many 100’s of fruit trees over the last seven years and has even taught school children the method successfully! You can see him in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaK7EJxYl2k  Contact lewis@theorchardproject.org.uk for more details.

Garden Maintenance Skills, Level 1 City and Guilds Award

Saturday 11 March 2017 for 10 weeks, 10am-1pm

Leytonstone Learning Link, 23-25 North Birbeck Road, Leytonstone. E11 4JF

Organised by Organic Lea, and based at the Adult Learning site in Leytonstone, you will gain skills in plant care, general plant identification techniques, ornamental designs and maintenance especially linked to the spring-summer garden with basic amenity care such as lawns. All theoretical work is backed up by practice in a small outdoor learning garden at the venue and at a local Park. Suitable for those wishing to improve their general gardening knowledge and confidence. It is a very good foundation for the Garden Maintenance Level 2 Award that follows on from it. The tutor can support you to apply for this progression opportunity.
COSTS: £114.00 (Standard fee) / £34.20 (Discounted fee) + FOR BOTH: £35.00 (accred fee) & £5.00 (materials fee) / FREE FOR THOSE ON JOBSEEKING BENEFITS
TO BOOK: Call Adult Learning Service on 020 8496 2974 and quote course code: LLG8502-6TA
Also see https://www.organiclea.org.uk/we-help-you-grow-your-own/training-2/training/

Seed planting for flowers for bees in a permaculture garden

Sunday 12th March, 1pm-5pm

Seed planting for flowers for bees in a permaculture garden

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture LAND project, 2 Regents Park Road, Camden, NW1 7AY

If you would like to learn about growing plants for bees from seed then come along to this session that will teach you about which seeds are best to plant to produce flowers for bees later in the year. The session will be a mixture of theory and practical work in the permaculture garden. £6/Free for regular volunteers. You can get your tickets here: http://www.permablitzlondon.com/event/seed-planting-for-flowers-for-bees/
This is part of a series of sessions taking place through the year for people who want to learn more about plants and the practicalities of taking care of them in a permaculture garden. If you would like to become a regular volunteer at the garden email
csh-landproject@permablitzlondon.com

Amanda’s allotment permablitz

Saturday 18th March, 10am-5pm

Herne Hill, South London

This permablitz on Amanda’s allotment is going to transform her growing space into a place for growing herbs to be harvested for herbal medicine. We will be creating a herb spiral, clearing beds to plant herbs in permaculture guilds, developing the pergola and planting climbers. There will be mini workshops on growing herbs for common ailments, understanding permaculture guilds and building a herb spiral.

RSVP Essential: 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 here

Design 4 ACTION! Permaculture Design Course

starts on the weekend of Saturday 18 March

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Finsbury Park, London

London’s Permaculture Design Course – Design 4 ACTION (Active Community Transformation In Our Neighbourhoods) is a different kind of permaculture course – positive design for your life, your community and your world by empowering the genius inside all of us! D4A is about regenerative learning, enabling individuals, organisations and communities to come together over six weekends to create empowering solutions to the real world challenges we are all facing in these times of change. Takes place over 6 weekends, March to May 2017; 18 – 19 March, 1 – 2 April, 15 – 16 April, 29 – 30 April, 13 – 14 May, 27 – 28 May 2017.
Booking and more info http://spiralseed.co.uk/product/design-4-action/

A 2-day Introduction to Permaculture Course at Sutton Community Farm

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th March

40a Telegraph Track, Wallington, London, SM6 0SH

This course introduces the basics of Permaculture and shows how this fascinating design methodology can profoundly change the way we look at the world and engage in it. The course gives participants an understanding of the diverse uses and applications of Permaculture Design and its immense potential of turning scarcity into abundance. More info http://www.sociallandscapes.co.uk/events/2017/3/18/2-day-introduction-to-permaculture-at-sutton-community-farm

Alternative Finance: Future of Money

Saturday 18th—Sunday 19th March, 10am-4.30pm

Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY

We often imagine finance as a realm of daunting skyscrapers, complex mathematical models and men with suits, but the foundations of the financial sector are much more intuitive and basic, rooted in cultural and political systems. Facilitated by Brett Scott – journalist, campaigner and former derivatives broker. More details and bookings at https://www.stirtoaction.com/workshops/alternative-finance-future-of-money
2 Free Places on our Alternative Finance workshop in Bristol on March 18-19th.
If you’re involved in a project that’s trying to transform finance and you think this workshop could support your work, tell us more about it (in no more than a 100 words) in an email to WORKSHOPS@STIRTOACTION.COM and we’ll let you know if you’ve got one of 2 free places!

Joel Williams: Creating healthy and vibrant soil

Sunday 19th March, 1pm-5pm

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, Camden, NW1 7AY

Practical ways to build soil life with plant diversity, composting & compost teas

Compost is alive! It is a living fertiliser teeming with a vast, diverse and thriving community of microorganisms. Compost is so much more than just organic matter and nutrients. It is this ‘living’ component of compost that makes it such a remarkable soil conditioner. Understanding compost from a living perspective is crucial toward producing a compost of premium quality. The role of composting and compost tea production as tools for management of the soil food web will be the overall focus of part 2 in this series. Building on part 1, this workshop will take a much stronger practical and hands-on focus. This workshop, organised by Cecil Sharp House LAND Project, is the second of a series of three workshops about the soil-food-web, and how we can work with it to build healthy, productive soil. You can attend all three, or just one or two. For booking and more details see http://www.permablitzlondon.com/event/joel-williams-creating-healthy-and-vibrant-soil-part-2/

Beekeeping Group Meeting

Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 11am-1pm

Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hazelbrouck Gardens, Ilford IG6 2XL (5 mins from Hainault tube)

All garden users interested in beekeeping or learning about it are very welcome to join the first meeting this year. We will do some beekeeping inventory, check how the bees are doing, clean tools and get ready for the new season! We are very happy for the new volunteers to join the group as well! Please contact Bob – bob@forestfarmpeacegarden.org to confirm your attendance.

Food Growing Skills Level 1 Award City and Guilds

Friday 24 March 2017 for 7 weeks, 10.30-4.30

Hawkwood Plant Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, London E4 7UH

Running in partnership with Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service, this course provides an opportunity to achieve an accredited gardening qualification through practical learning. It is designed to build basic and technical skills in the classroom then support this with demonstration practical tasks in Organiclea’s market garden at Hawkwood. It would suit anyone who is thinking about working as a gardener or who wants to enhance their food growing knowledge for the home environment. (no class on Friday 14 April)
COSTS: £126.00 (Standard fee) / £37.80 (Discounted fee) + FOR BOTH: £35.00 (accred fee) & £5.00 (materials fee) / FREE FOR THOSE ON JOBSEEKING BENEFITS
TO BOOK: Call Adult Learning Service on 020 8496 2974 and quote course code: HNG8478-5TA
Also see https://www.organiclea.org.uk/we-help-you-grow-your-own/training-2/training/

Cafe Cairo

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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 www.facebook.com/BrixtonEdge. Showing Eco films for change, promoting permaculture action in London, facilitated by Lola an evolving permaculture artist. We are having a season of Open Money until April. Entry is free so what are you waiting for?

Forthcoming events

Morley College Dye Garden 2nd permablitz

Saturday 1st April, 10am-4pm

Westminster, London

Come and help us create a low maintenance permaculture dye plant garden at Morley College based on working organically with the soil-food-web, wildlife and plants as co-gardeners to maintain health and fertility. This will be a working garden used and maintained by staff and students from the college fashion department. Dye plants will include: weld, woad, calendula, madder, tagetes, Japanese indigo, hollyhocks, comfrey, blackcurrant, yarrow and geranium (cranesbill).

This is the second of two permablitzes, and all are welcome at this one. The first day focused on clearing & preparing the soil and this permablitz will involve planting the dye plants and establishing the irrigation system. Mini-workshops will explain the preparation and benefits of comfrey tea, different approaches to irrigation and information about growing and using natural dye plants. RSVP Essential: 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 here

Organic food growing for beginners

Saturday 1 April, 10:30am – 1pm

St Luke’s Growing Connections, EC1V 8AJ

If you want to start growing food but don’t know where to start, this course is for you! From understanding your space to what can be grown to basic organic principles, we’ll go through all the essential steps to start a successful organic food growing space. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/organic-food-growing-for-beginners-tickets-32431806406 for details.

Permaculture Design Course – Creating Resilient Communities

Starts Saturday 8th April for 7 weekends

Treadwell, Streatham Hill, South London

The Permaculture Design Course is a 72-hour inspiring and often life-changing course, accredited by the UK Permaculture Association. Over the period of 7 weekends we will explore practical and creative solutions for building resilient communities and designing abundant eco-systems. The course has a strong practical emphasis on ecological and social design thinking and how this can be applied in different parts of our life and society. For more details and booking see http://www.sociallandscapes.co.uk/events/permaculture-design-course-pdc2017-south-london

Claudia and Anita’s front garden permablitz

Sunday 9th April, 10am-5pm

West Ham, East London

Come and help create a beautiful productive and wildlife-friendly front garden for Claudia and Anita. We will be establishing beds and creating planters using recycled pallets to grow fruit trees, unusual edible perennials, flowers and vegetables organised in permaculture guilds. We will also be building a herb spiral. There will be mini-workshops on best techniques for dismantling pallets, unusual edible perennials, choosing the best plants for bees and butterflies and building a herb spiral.  RSVP Essential: 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 here

Permaculture polycultures: Integrating annuals and edible perennials

Tuesday 11 April, 6pm-8:30pm

Cecil Sharp House, NW1 7AY

Come and find out how incorporating simple polyculture designs into annual growing plans can increase overall yield and variety, help improve soil structure and moisture retention, build fertile soil, attract pollinators and insect pest predators while increasing wildlife habitats. Going beyond traditional companion planting, this workshop will explain how to use permaculture guilds to create plant alliances among species with different niches above and below ground, in which each plant contributes to the benefit of all. It will include information about how to integrate unusual edible perennials with more common annuals. Suitable for all levels of experience. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/permaculture-polycultures-integrating-annuals-and-edible-perennials-tickets-32431865583 for details

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


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