February 2018 London Permaculture News

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 3rd February to Sunday 4th February

Arc Hall, Hoathly Hill Community, West Hoathly, Sussex 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: here you will have design support and go away with your first permaculture design. After this course, you are ready to get started in permaculture! See http://www.sunrisepermaculture.org.uk/portfolio/introduction-to-permaculture/ for details.

Winter Pruning Course

Saturday 3rd February – 10am – 3pm

110 Camley St, London N1C 4PW

Join The Orchard Project for an introduction to fruit tree pruning in one of London’s most urban of orchards at Alara Wholefoods, Camden. The workshop will cover both formative and remedial pruning on apples, pears, medlars and quince trees ranging from 4-8 years old. For more details and booking see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/winter-pruning-course-tickets-37246936590

Winter care for fruit trees in a permaculture garden

Sunday 4th February, 1pm-5pm

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

Gardening with Nature training sessions in the Cecil Sharp House Garden
The fruit trees at Cecil Sharp House Permaculture garden are grown with plants around their base that will support their needs. Come and find out what they are and the maintenance that is required during winter to ensure the best start for the plants in spring. The session will be a mixture of theory and practical work in the permaculture garden. £6. To book tickets click here: https://billetto.co.uk/e/winter-care-for-fruit-trees-in-a-permaculture-garden-tickets-250460
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

Save Bialowieza Forest. Benefit Day

Saturday 10 February – Sunday 11th February


Bialowieza Forest is the last primeval, lowland forest in Europe, classified as UNESCO “Zone III” Forest on World Heritage List. It is under massive threat from logging using heavy timber-harvesting equipment. The direct action campaign Oboz dla Puszczy is trying to block the logging and what is more important, establish the legal status of the whole forest as National Park. A day of Yoga / Qi Gong / Tarot / Runes / Horoscopes / Creams / Tattoos. All the money raised on the day will be directly send to the Oboz Dla Puszczy. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/events/137924020212228/

Create a Positive Revolution in Southend!

Starts Tuesday 20th February 6:30pm – 8:30pm (for six weeks)

METAL Arts School, Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Park, Westcliff on Sea, SS0 8NB

The world’s full of big problems. You want to do something, but where to start? 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. This course – co-delivered by Appreciative Inquiry practitioner Sherry Fuller and Permaculture teacher and author Graham Burnett – will equip you with the skills and inspiration to Make Something Happen in your community. For more details and booking of this six week course see https://spiralseed.co.uk/product/creating-positive-revolution/

Restaurant pop-up in the Stepney city Farm Café: Big Field Feast Night

Friday 23rd February 8pm

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

Following their inaugural sold out Feast Night in January, Big Field return – championing small British farmers and their produce, presenting a delicious 4 course menu featuring seasonal meat and produce from the Farm, along with hand picked ingredients from other local suppliers (vegetarian options available). £30 per head, see https://www.bigfieldfood.co.uk/events/ for more information and to book.

Trainee Roles at Organic Lea

Deadlines for application 2nd February and 8th February

Organic Lea are looking for 7 people to fill their Organiclea trainee roles for 2018; and 2 people to fill their ‘salad starter’ enterprise placement roles. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Organiclea community and to take on a specific area of learning and responsibility in community food growing, local food distribution, and infrastructure work. These roles are aimed at people who want to develop skills to make a livelihood from community food work and growing. The roles are voluntary. For more details about the roles and how to apply see https://www.organiclea.org.uk/2018/01/trainee-roles-2018/

London Permaculture Network – Interactive Project Map


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

Forthcoming Events

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 3rd March – Sunday 4th March

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, E1 3DG London, United Kingdom

Permaculture uses whole system thinking to create productive environments with the diversity and resilience of natural systems. The principles of permaculture can help you design your garden, your balcony – even your lifestyle.
The course will be lively, interactive and thought-provoking. Cost: £120, concessions £60 (for people on low income). For more information or to book contact Ros Bedlow: rosbedlow@hotmail.com

Permablitz London Design Guild

Monday 5th March – Monday 30th April 7pm-9pm (8 sessions)

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

Help design a permablitz and see it put into practice!
Permaculture designers from Permablitz London are holding a series of eight sessions, every Monday from 9th October until Monday 27th November to help with designs for future permablitzes that will take place at a variety of sites across London. All welcome: suitable for experienced designers, gardeners and 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 5th March, 7pm-9pm
Monday 12th March, 7pm-9pm
Monday 19th March, 7pm-9pm
Monday 26th March, 7pm-9pm
Monday 9th April, 7pm-9pm
Monday 16th April, 7pm-9pm
Monday 23rd April, 7pm-9pm
Monday 30th April, 7pm-9pm
Pre-booking essential: email Kayode or Susannah at info@permablitzlondon.com

Seed planting for unusual summer salads

Wednesday 7th March, 6pm-7.30pm

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

This session will be looking at some unusual salad seeds that can be planted for summer salads. The theory side of the session will be looking at how to plant seeds successfully and then we’ll plant some seeds! The session will be a mixture of theory and practical work in the permaculture garden. £6.
To book tickets click here: https://billetto.co.uk/e/seed-planting-for-unusual-summer-salads-tickets-255995
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

Permablitz at Eva’s

Sunday 11th March, 10am-5pm

Maryland, near Stratford, East London

Come and join us for the second stage in the transformation of Eva’s garden to create a low-maintenance, perennial garden designed according to a modified forest garden. Having laid down a lasagne mulch in November we will be planting a forest garden in the front and dismantling pallets to create recycled garden furniture for the patio at the back. There will be mini-workshops on dismantling pallets for recycling, unusual edible perennials and a modified forest garden design. 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

Tread Well On Earth – A 2-day Introduction to Permaculture

Thursday 15th March – Friday 16th March

5, Tredwell Close, Streatham, 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. For more details and booking see http://www.sociallandscapes.co.uk/events/2018/3/15/tread-well-on-earth-2-day-introduction-to-permaculture

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.

21st Century Permaculture Radio

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

Open Days & Volunteering

Please check details with projects, as many close over the winter period

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. 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, https://www.organiclea.org.uk/volunteering/

The 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.theorchardproject.org.uk/

The Meadow Orchard Crouch End, N8. Every Saturday 12-4pm  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 – next open dates: 18th and 25th Feb, 18th and 25th March
Herb Tuesdays, gardening for well being ~ every Tuesday 10 – 2pm, shared lunch at 1pm.
Grown in Peckham ~ growing to sell ~ every Thursday 11.30 – 2:30pm, shared lunch at 1pm.
Kingston Permaculture Reserve  Maintenance and harvesting according to the time of year last Sunday of the month and other occasions. Check our Facebook group for details. Website: www.kpr2016.wordpress.com

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