July 2017 London Permaculture News

London Permaculture Festival

Sunday 30th July, 11am-6pm

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

The annual London Permaculture Festival is here again! There will be over 20 workshops, a large stalls market, activities for children as part of the Families at the Festival, music and films – all the ingredients for a great day out. Join lots of great people coming together for £6/£4 concs for the whole day! Under 18s are free.  Here is a link to a video that gives you an idea of what the festival is like: https://youtu.be/XRSxK74zFSc

Workshops will include:

  • Forest gardening in practice for homes, communities and enterprises
  • Secrets for success in container growing
  • Permaculture, Sociocracy and Changing the World
  • Living medicine: Self care with food & herbs
  • Composting for urban gardeners
  • Climate change, carbon sequestering and restoring ecosystems
  • Making your own solar panels
  • Making furniture from recycled tyres
  • Natural dyeing
  • Building with straw bales
  • OLIO – Join the food sharing revolution!
  • Permablitz London Live!
  • Introduction to Permaculture workshops run all day

and many more (see www.londonpermaculturefestival.com)

Permablitz London Live at the London Permaculture Festival

Come and experience a permablitz live at the London Permaculture Festival. The aim of the permablitz will be to increase the edible yield of the permaculture garden at Cecil Sharp House. So we will be:
  • Dismantling scrap pallets to create recycled planters
  • Adding edible plants to the planters using ecological plant alliances
  • Feeding the soil-food web
  • Creating a child-friendly pond with edible plants
  • Introducing more unusual edible perennials into the garden
Come along for mini-workshops, skillshares and a lot of fun. More information www.londonpermaculturefestival.com and www.permablitzlondon.com

Volunteer Shout Out!

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. For more information about the festival see: http://londonpermaculturefestival.com

There will be meetings at Cecil Sharp House from 7.00pm-8.30pm.
The meetings are approximately weekly and will be on:

  • 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

 Have a stall!

About 700 people attend each year offering an audience of people interested in permaculture, alternative, green  and community activities. If you would like to have a stall in the stalls market to let people know about your project, sign up volunteers and sell anything except pre cooked food , email stalls@londonpermaculturefestival.com. We operate a cake currency, so each stall costs 2 cakes, which we sell to raise funds for the festival costs.

Grow Well, Feel Well Summer Summit

Wednesday 5th July, 2pm-7:30pm

Cecil Sharp House, NW1 7AY

Join us for an afternoon of workshops, speakers and networking to learn more about health, well-being and growing food in the city. Capital Growth’s summer network event will cover a variety of topics suited for community organisers, home growers, support workers and anyone interesting in urban agriculture.

Speakers will include Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and attendees can choose two workshops to take part in, with topics such as mindfulness, garden design for accessibility, demonstrating a project’s impact, social and therapeutic horticulture, GardenFit and growing medicinal herbs. There will also be time to meet other growers and enjoy light refreshments in the garden. for more information see: http://www.capitalgrowth.org/grow_well_feel_well/

Sustainable Beekeeping weekend course

Saturday 8th July – Sunday 9th July, 10:00am–5:30pm

Sustainable Beekeeping

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

This course is for anyone from beginners to experienced beekeepers who are interested in learning about more sustainable methods of beekeeping. For more details see: https://www.organiclea.org.uk/

Craft Cider Bottle Labelling

Saturday 8th July and/or Sunday 9th July, 10:30am-5:30pm

5 minutes from Herne Hill station, south London

Come and join in with the labelling of our 2016 vintage cider. Our cider has been fermenting and maturing for 8 months and was is now ready to be labelled and begin it’s journey to a shop near you. This will be a fun day with a photographer visiting on the Saturday afternoon in preparation for our launch. For more details and booking see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/craft-cider-bottle-labelling-tickets-35782938733 or email elizabeth@theorchardproject.org.uk

World Music Day at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Sunday 9th July, 12pm-4:30pm

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

Live music performances, free workshops and family activities! Musical performances will include Indian classical ragas, classical music performances and more! The event will also feature exciting demonstrations of foraging, herbal medicine and recycling art. There will be a Well Being zone where practitioners offer free and discounted tasters of holistic treatments such as Reiki healing, massage and reflexology. Dr Bike will be repairing local residents’ bikes for free. Remember to bring your bike with you! for more details see https://forestfarmpeacegarden.wordpress.com/events/upcoming-and-recent-events/

Gardening with Nature training sessions in the Cecil Sharp House garden

Wednesday 19th July 5:30pm-7pm

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

Maximising flowers for bees and butterflies
This session will look at different ways of maximising flowers for bees and butterflies and will include practical activities in the garden. For more details see: http://www.permablitzlondon.com/gardening-with-nature-training-sessions-in-the-cecil-sharp-house-garden/

Fresh food on your door step: An introduction to foraging in London

Saturday 22nd July, 10:30am–1pm

Nature Oasis, Corner of Larkhall Lane and Studley Rd, Stockwell, London SW4 6RJ

The team at Oasis Nature Garden will be taking you on a tour of this amazing space in the heart of Stockwell with woods, meadow, vegetable patch and ponds to explore, forage and learn about the abundance of food, including leaves, berries and roots that you can find on your own doorstep! Organised by Capital Growth. For all our coming training sessions please visit: http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Keeping chickens

Saturday 22nd July, 10:30am–1pm

Keeping chickens

Benhill Allotments, Benhill Road, Sutton, Surrey SM1 3SA

This course will take you through the basics, teaching you where and how to house them as well as covering maintenance and feeding. No experience is needed. for more details and booking see http://www.localfoodnetwork.org.uk/index.php/keepingchickenscourse/

Kentish Town City Farm – Summer Play scheme

Monday 24th July to Friday 25th August

Kentish Town City Farm, 1 Cressfield Close, London NW5 4BN

Make the summer one to remember with our five-week summer play scheme; activities include arts & crafts, animal care, pottery, games, cookery and more. Learn new skills, meet new people and make some great memories all whilst getting creative and enjoying the great outdoors! Visit http://ktcityfarm.org.uk/whats-on/holidays-special-events/ for further information or to download our application form. Email simone@ktcityfarm.org.uk for all enquiries. Available to children aged 8+. Programme runs Monday to Friday, 9AM – 5PM. Bookings are available for one week or more.

Salads in the City: Growing and eating leaves

Wednesday 26th July, 5:30pm-8pm

Hackney Tree Nursery, Hackney Marshes Centre, Homerton Road, London E9 5PF

With Ximena Ransom from Hackney Growers’ Kitchen, who use fresh organic produce from their growing sites, the box scheme and Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market.  Organised by Capital Growth. For all our coming training sessions please visit: http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Water Efficiency & Natural Plant Feed

Saturday 29th July, 10:30am-12:30pm

Bandstand Beds, Clapham Common, London SW4 9DE

Increasingly we have hot summers and weeks without rain, and it can be a nightmare for gardeners. In this session we will look at practical ways to reduce your need to water plants. We will also brew up some natural fertilisers to use on tomatoes and squashes so they produce tastier and larger fruits. More details and bookings at http://www.sociallandscapes.co.uk/events/2017/7/29/water-efficiency-and-natural-plant-feed

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?

Forthcoming Events

Companion planting and natural pest control

Wednesday 2 August 5:30 – 8:00pm

St Luke’s 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: http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Income generation for community gardens

Saturday 9 August 10:30am – 1:00pm

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

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: http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Urban Plant Safari: Nature walk and botanical drawing

Wednesday 23 August 5:30 – 8:00pm

Cordwainers Grow, 182 Mare Street, London E8 3RE

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 and gardener Kate Poland.  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


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.

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21st Century Permaculture Radio

Archive programmes available at https://www.mixcloud.com/21stcenturypermaculture/

Open Days & Volunteering

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/

Urban Orchard Project – Londonwide. 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.theurbanorchardproject.org/

Edible Landscapes Finsbury Park N4. Volunteers can turn up on any of our regular days – Mondays and Fridays, 10-3 – and receive informal training – no experience necessary – just turn up – all welcome – shared lunch at 1pm.  www.ediblelandscapeslondon.org.uk
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 12 – 4pm
Herb Tuesdays, gardening for well being ~ every Tuesday 11 – 4pm, shared lunch at 1pm.
Grown in Peckham ~ growing to sell ~ every Thursday 11 – 4pm, shared lunch at 1pm.
 


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