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London Permaculture Network AGM

Sunday 4th June, 2:30pm

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

Join us as we make plans for the next London Permaculture Festival on 30th July 2017. The main business will be:

  • Reports on our work in 2016
  • Elections for committee
  • Introductions to London Permaculture
  • Preparing for the forthcoming London Permaculture Festival

Tube: Camden Town – 700 yards away. Rail: Camden Road – 1/2 mile away. Buses: 274 and C2 – stop almost outside. Bike: there are bicycle stands in the grounds of Cecil Sharp House and a bike hire terminal 2 mins down the road on Gloucester Avenue.

The Festival Needs You – Volunteer Shout Out!

The festival is organised entirely by volunteers so come and get involved in organising the largest annual permaculture event in London. Help out with publicity or being part of the festival crew. We also need help on the cakestall and on the London Permaculture Network stall at the festival.

There will be meetings at Cecil Sharp House starting on Wednesday 17th May from 7.00pm-8.30pm.
The meetings are approximately weekly and will be on:
Wednesday 17th May,  Wednesday 31st May, Wednesday 7th June, Wednesday 21st June, Wednesday 5th July, Wednesday 19th July, Wednesday 26th July

If you would like to get involved, either beforehand or on the day itself, please contact Kayode at: info@londonpermaculturefestival.com

May Project Gardens 10 year anniversary celebrations!

Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May

To help us celebrate, LUSH UK have invited us to take over their flagship store for a whole weekend for a Come We Grow Festival (Fri 5th – Sun 7th May). We’ll be filling the store with music, art, presentations and fun activities which represent the work and spirit of May Project Gardens. Confirmed guests include Marv Radioli, Child of Chief and Oracy Chambers. On the Saturday night, we’ll also be hosting our usual Come We Grow party at Cafe Cairo from 6pm – 2am. So please come join us! Better yet, get everyone you know to come buy a bath bomb or Charity Pot Moisturiser as all proceeds will go to our #HipHopGarden work in Brixton. If you’d like to volunteer or feature on the weekend (performing, facilitating activities etc) please contact ian@mayproject.org. More details at http://www.mayproject.org/

May in a Day!

Saturday 6 May, 12:00pm

Cecil Sharp House, Camden Town, London NW1 7AY

May in a Day! is filled with traditional entertainment for all the family! Join in with an abundance of folk fuelled fun with a lively programme of activities designed to keep you on your feet! Grab your partners and twirl in the ever popular English ceilidh or twist a ribbon on the colourful maypole to live music.
There will be special activities in the Permaculture garden including workshops for children such as ‘meet our mini-beasts’, ‘plant a seed’ and tours of the garden. For more details see https://www.cecilsharphouse.org/component/content/article/229-shared/shared-events/csh-featured/4301-may-in-a-day-2017

GrowFest 2017

Saturday 6th May 11am-4pm

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

Find out about growing in Southwark. Learn new skills to support existing and new gardening projects. Explore and discover permaculture, wildlife gardening, food growing,composting, beekeeping and more… plus gardeners question time, talks, workshops, seed giveaway, raffle, food, fun and activities for all ages. More information at https://burgessparkfoodproject.org.uk/

Gardening with Nature training sessions in the Cecil Sharp House garden

starts Sunday 7th May, 1pm-5pm

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden, Camden Town, London NW1 7AY

During May there are a series of trainings 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. Each session is  £6, or free for regular volunteers. For more details and bookings see http://www.permablitzlondon.com/educationals/

Help design a permablitz and see it put into practice!

Starting Monday 8th May, 7pm-9pm (for 6 Monday evenings)

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

We are repeating the Permablitz London Design Guild series to create designs for future permablitzes that will take place at a variety of sites across London. All welcome. Suitable for experienced designers, gardeners & complete beginners. Please note: the previous series was over-subscribed. Priority will be given to people who sign up for the whole series. Dates are Monday 8th May, Monday 15th May, Monday 22nd May, Monday 5th June, Monday 12th June, Monday 19th June. Pre-booking essential:  email Kayode or Susannah at info@permablitzlondon.com

Free Pizza for Teachers!

Tuesday 9th May, 4pm

The Salopian Garden, adjacent to 689 London Road, Isleworth, TW7 4ES London

Cultivate London is a charity that trains unemployed young people in horticulture and works to engage the community in food growing. Come learn about our School Training Programme, which focuses on the theme “Where does your food come from?”, and see our beautiful kitchen garden. Free entrance for all teachers. Includes pizza from our cob oven. Please bring your school identification. See http://cultivatelondon.org/teachers-pizza/ for more details

Create an Positive Revolution in Southend!

starts Thursday 11th May, 7pm

Epicquest Learning Centre, Wallis Ave, Southend on Sea SS2 6HA

6 week course (Thursday evenings, 2 hours per week) – The world’s full of big problems. You want to do something, but where to begin? Start with something small. Something that makes best use of your unique set of gifts. Something that begins on your doorstep – that tackles the problem in front of you – and grows from there. Co-delivered by Appreciative Inquiry practitioner Sherry Fuller and Permaculture teacher and author Graham Burnett. For more details and booking see http://spiralseed.co.uk/product/creating-positive-revolution/

Soil life, composting and wormeries

Saturday 13 May 2017, 10:30am-1pm

Regents Park Allotment Garden, Inner Circle, London NW1 4NP

One of the best organic growing precepts is “don’t feed the plant, feed the soil”. During this session we will learn how to care for your soil to get good crops, which natural soil improvers can be used, how to produce your own compost and how to get your wormery going. Organised by Capital Growth. For tickets and more info about all their training sessions see http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Gunther and Lily’s permablitz

Saturday 13th May 10am-5pm

West Ham, East London

Come and help create a beautiful, productive and wildlife-friendly back garden for Gunther and Lily. We will be landscaping the garden, adding fruit trees, bushes, climbers – edible and wildlife friendly plants organised in permaculture guilds, as well as a small child-safe pond. There will be mini-workshops on creating a wildlife-friendly garden, inoculating the soil with bacteria and fungi and setting up small ponds. 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

Managing and developing volunteers

Wednesday 17th May, 5:30pm – 8pm

De Frene Market Garden, Sydenham Garden, 35a De Frene Road, London SE26 4AB

Learn about the best ways to recruit, retain and engage your garden’s volunteers. A great workshop for community gardens who are looking to find new helping hands in their area, but aren’t sure how, or for gardens who want to create a more structured volunteering programme. Organised by Capital Growth. For all our coming training sessions please visit: http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Salopian Spring Supper Club

Wednesday 17th May, 7pm

The Salopian Garden, adjacent to 689 London Road, Isleworth, TW7 4ES London

Make the most of the long Spring evenings and join us for a local, seasonal dinner, prepared and cooked on site by our Chef and Grower, Matt. We will be serving a four-course meal in the beautiful Salopian Garden. for more details see http://cultivatelondon.org/salopian-spring-supper-club/

Permablitz at Annie & Jack’s Garden

Saturday 20th May, 10am-5pm

East Finchley, North London

Come and join Annie and Jack’s permablitz where we will be developing a low-maintenance, ornamental front garden designed according to a modified forest garden design. The garden will include a variety of herbs, fruit and vegetables combined according to permaculture guilds, creating a nectar-filled wildlife garden. We will have mini-workshops on ways of creating an ornamental modified forest garden and supporting the soil-food-web with inoculation of bacteria and fungi. 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

Certified Course in Community Orcharding

starts Saturday 20th May 9am

Come on our exciting new, accredited course and learn everything you need to know about managing community orchards from The Orchard Project’s team of experienced orchardists. The course takes place on 12 weekend days over a year, giving you the best opportunity to learn a wide range of seasonally appropriate skills to help you create incredible, thriving community orchards.
Limited spaces. Full details here: http://www.theorchardproject.org.uk/course

Kingston Permaculture Reserve 25th Birthday Celebration

Sunday 21st May, 12 noon

Tolworth Allotments, Knollmead, Tolworth, London KT5 9QP

FREE open day at Kingston Permaculture Reserve, the oldest project in England. Please bring a picnic and musical instruments. Details on www.kpr2016.wordpress.com or Facebook group “Kingston Permaculture Reserve”

Grow to sell: The essentials of market gardening

Wednesday 24th May, 5:30pm – 8pm

Allens Gardens, London N16 5BD

Learn about growing techniques for year round production, how to add value to the produce that you grow and recognize your growing space’s assets that may have been overlooked. This training is suitable for anyone interested in selling produce that they’ve grown. Organised by Capital Growth. For all our coming training sessions please visit: http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

How to Transform Your Local Economy in One Day

Wednesday 24th May, 10am-4pm

Red Brick Building, Morland Enterprise Park, Morland Road, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9FT

This one-day training gives delivers the essential know how to undertake and run your own ‘community-supported entrepreneurism’ strategy. Recommended for social enterprise networks, development and regeneration NGOs, community groups, and local authorities. This one day training delivers practical step by step instruction and advice based on 5 years experience with this approach. A Stir to Action workshop – see https://redbrickbuilding.co.uk/event/transform-local-economy/

Chelsea Fringe: Salad Daze in Finsbury Park

Friday 26th May, 10:30am

Edible Landscapes. Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ

Come and see our beautiful forest garden and help pick an unusual salad of edible perennials. You should be able to find some mallow flowers, horseradish leaves and Nepal pepper shoots, to name but a few. Richard and Jenny will be on hand to show you some of the 200 edible varieties in our forest garden, showcase bed and edible hedge. For details see http://www.ediblelandscapeslondon.org.uk/ChelseaFringe2017

Introduction to social and therapeutic horticulture

Wednesday 31st May, 5:30pm-8pm

De Frene Market Garden, Sydenham Garden, 35a De Frene Road, London SE26 4AB

Being outside working with or just being amongst plants improves one’s emotional and physical health; stimulating the senses whilst also soothing the soul. In this session, we will discuss the process of using plants and gardens to improve physical and mental health, as well as communication and thinking skills. Organised by Capital Growth. For all our coming training sessions please visit: http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Summer Orchard Tour with Cider Tasting

Wednesday 31st May, 7pm-8:30pm

Wenlock Barn Estate Orchard London, N1 7PJ

Join The Orchard Project to celebrate London Tree Week with a summer gathering in a truly urban orchard; Wenlock Barn Estate, Old Street. Once an unused patch of land that has been transformed by residents using permaculture into a thriving and fruitful wildlife hub. For more details see: http://www.theorchardproject.org.uk/events/summer-orchard-tour-cider-tasting

Grown in Peckham

every Thursday 11am – 4pm during the summer

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

Thursday growing is back! Come and join our community gardener Ben and other volunteers in growing food at the garden. Along the way, you’ll learn lots about growing and get to take home a share of the days harvest. Please bring something to share for lunch, and dress appropriately – the best thing is covered shoes and weather protection including suncream.
More details: https://burgessparkfoodproject.org.uk/

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. Entry is free so what are you waiting for?

Ecological Land Co-operative – Share Offer

The Ecological Land Co-operative is a social enterprise established to address the lack of affordable sites for ecological land-based livelihoods in England. The @ecolandcoop believe the creation of sustainable rural livelihoods is one of the best ways to address our most pressing environmental and social problems. They do this by purchasing agricultural land and applying for planning permission for low-impact smallholdings with temporary residences.

The ELC has launched a public share offer to raise funds for the creation of two new clusters of small farms. We’ve teamed up with Ethex, a positive savings and investment platform, to raise between £120,000 to £340,000. For more details see https://www.ethex.org.uk/ecologicalland, or go to the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ecolandcoop

Forthcoming events

Chelsea Fringe Permablitz Day: Co-gardening with Nature

Saturday 3rd June, 10am-5pm

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

For the Chelsea Fringe festival we will be at Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Learning and Demonstration garden inspired both by permaculture ethics and principles as well as by the folk adage: ‘One for the birds, one for the bugs, and one for me.’ We will be planting a variety of unusual decorative and edible perennials (particularly climbers); establishing a half-barrel pond with edible plants; adding late season flowering plants for bees and butterflies; and creating bee/bug hotels. The day will include short workshops on: ‘co-gardening with nature – combined with garden tour’ (12 noon); ‘adding a small pond to your urban garden’ (3pm).  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

Forest Gardening course at Rockaway Park near Bristol

Saturday 3rd June – Tuesday 6th June 2017

Rockaway Park, Temple Cloud, Bristol BS39 5BU

Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans. The design principles can be replicated in even the smallest of urban gardens – find out how! Led by Graham Burnett, for more details see: http://spiralseed.co.uk/product/1411/

Introduction to sustainable beekeeping

Wednesday 7th June, 5:30pm – 8pm

The Castle Garden,Green Lanes, London N4 2HA

Come and learn about the fascinating world of the honeybees. In this course we dive into the inner workings of the hive, seeking to understand more deeply how the honeybee super-organism functions. Organised by Capital Growth. For all our coming training sessions please visit: http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Edventure: Start-up – a One Day Experience in Community Entrepreneurship

Wednesday 7th June, 10am — 4pm

Red Brick Building, Morland Enterprise Park, Morland Road, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9FT

Are you up for an Edventure? A challenge that will give you practical skills and experience for starting a team-based community enterprise? At the same time you’ll also generate ideas as part of a design challenge for the Red Brick. This workshop is for people who want to work with others to launch a community project or enterprise. The tools and methodologies will be useful for educators and social enterprises who want to engage (young) people and the wider local community in starting a social enterprise. A Stir to Action workshop – see https://redbrickbuilding.co.uk/event/edventure-community-entrepreneurship/

Permablitz at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Saturday 10th June, 10am-5pm

Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hazelbrouck Gardens, Ilford IG6 2XL

We are going to be creating a children’s forest garden outdoor classroom at this permablitz. Come join us to construct children’s play and exploration structures within the Forest Farm Peace Garden. We will have mini-workshops on designing educational elements for an outdoor classroom and woodworking skills shares.  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

Introduction to Permaculture Design

Tuesday 13th June, 6pm – 8;30pm

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

This evening will introduce Permaculture’s core ethics, principles and design tools focusing in particular on it’s relevance to horticulture and individual and community collaboration. Examples of both will be taken from the award-winning permaculture entrance garden at Cecil Sharp House and Permablitz London’s social experiment in reciprocal edible garden makeovers. Organised by Capital Growth. For all our coming training sessions please visit: http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/. To book tickets for this event see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-permaculture-design-tickets-32433259753

Engaging children in wildlife and food gardening

Wednesday 14th June, 6pm – 8:30pm

Oasis Nature Garden, Larkhall Lane, London SW4 6RJ

If you have a community garden, have children, or work with children come along to this session for ideas on ways to offer engaging and inclusive creative activities and experiences that encourage children to discover, share, and build on their understanding of wildlife and seasonal plants growing in the garden. Organised by Capital Growth. For all our coming training sessions please visit: http://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


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