February 2020 London Permaculture News

The Magic of Trees #4 – Intro to Woodland Management

Sunday 2nd February, 10am-4pm

Hackney Community Tree Nursery, Hackney Marshes (entrance off car park opposite Sports Pav), London E9 5PF

Into the new year with The Magic of Trees, our fourth journey into the seasonal life and cycles of the wondrous tree beings that offer us so much. This day will span an overview of woodland management, both at the Tree Nursery and across the road in Wick Woods, where we will do some winter tree ID and harvest hazel wands. There will be fire, learning, poetry and joyful connection with the trees in this silent moment before they burst into bud once more. For more info and booking see https://ticketlab.co.uk/series/id/83

Progression Opportunities at Organic Lea

Courses and Opportunities begin Friday 7th February 2:15pm

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

Over the last 5 years, inspired by volunteers and City and Guilds graduates, OrganicLea has supported graduates into garden maintenance work. This support has taken various forms. Going into the 2020 season we are holding opportunities for people who want to develop skills and experience as part of a garden maintenance collective. There are three ways that you can connect to this learning :
4 week course to build confidence: ‘Setting up a Gardening Enterprise’: This is an AQA Award course. Classroom based at Hawkwood running from 25 February 2020 until the 17 March 2020 (Tuesdays, 10-3)
6 week course to build skills and knowledge in: Sustainable Garden Maintenance – AQA Unit Award Scheme. Starting Friday 21 February for 6 weeks, 10-3.
Joining OrganicLea Gardeners (OLG) – work experience opportunity to be part of OrganicLea’s annual incubation ‘garden maintenance’ team. Find out more on Friday 7 February, 2.15 – 4.15

For more information see https://www.organiclea.org.uk/2020/01/progression-opportunities-garden-enterprise/

Planting Container Orchard In Elephant & Castle

Saturday 8th February, 10.30am

Perronet House, 44 Princess Street, London SE1 6JR

We will be working with residents of Perronet House, a tower block on the Elephant & Castle roundabout in south London, to make a concrete area of their estate beautiful and fruitful, planting fruit trees in large containers. If you want to help and get some exercise in the process, please email stephanie@theorchardproject.org.uk. Refreshments provided!

Growing a Healthy Community Garden: New ideas for a New Decade

Thursday 13th February, 10am-3.30pm

Dragon Hall Trust, 17 Stukeley Street, Holborn, London WC2B 5LT

Join Social Farms and Gardens to explore opportunities for the future in community farming, gardening and growing. We’ll be introducing new opportunities for our members, including the accredited European Gardeniser training programme, our Gardens of Sanctuary resources on working with refugees and asylum seekers, and the UGAIN European programme which explores community integration and the sharing of cultures through community growing. Plus, volunteers go free! Further information and book online at https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/events/growing-healthy-community-garden-new-ideas-new-decade-london

Gardening with Nature at Cecil Sharp House

Friday 21st February, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

These Gardening with Nature sessions provide an opportunity to learn about maintaining the Cecil Sharp House permaculture garden through the year. In this session we’ll be pruning the edible hedge and cleaning the ponds.
If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Fruit Tree Pruning workshop

Saturday 22nd February, 2pm-4.30pm

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

The fruit trees are dormant through winter so it is the ideal time to prune them. This workshop will explain the benefits of pruning fruit trees and go through how to approach pruning them. There will be a practical session pruning the trees in the Cecil Sharp House garden. We will also look at preparing your tools and other winter fruit tree maintenance.
Tickets: £20/£10 concs. buy them at https://billetto.co.uk/e/fruit-tree-pruning-workshop-tickets-410178

Weekend Course Series: Orchard Foundations

Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd Feb, 10am-3pm

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

Join The Orchard Project for the Orchard Foundations Weekend Course, a two-day introduction to orchard foundations at Kentish Town City Farm. You’ll come away from this weekend feeling empowered and more confident about getting the best from your fruit trees after learning all the orchard basics. Saturday with Jo Homan: fruit tree identification; tree physiology, processes and lifecycles; assessing tree health; orchard history. Sunday with Lewis McNeill: orchard care plans; pruning principles; practical winter pruning; mulching; halo pruning; guard management. More info and booking at https://www.theorchardproject.org.uk/events/orchard-foundations-weekend-course/

Northwick Park Community Garden edible perennial planting – half day permablitz

Sunday 23rd February, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Northwick Park, Harrow, London HA1 3GX

We are meeting up for a planting session at the Northwick Park Garden. Come along to find out more about low-maintenance perennials we’re planting that will have edible flowers, leaves, stalks and roots. They will also provide food an habitats for wildlife in the garden. We will be meeting at 1.15pm in the Northwick Park Pavilion car park. If you would like to come along please RSVP to northwickparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com so we know how many people to expect.

Organic food growing for beginners

Wednesday 26th February, 6pm-8.30pm

The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, London NW1 4NR

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 and growing techniques, we’ll go through all the essential steps to start a successful organic food growing space. We’ll focus on organic techniques and we’ll go through plants life cycle, soil, crop rotation, seed sowing and transplanting. For more information on this and other Capital Growth course see https://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Workshop: Making your garden wildlife friendly

Thursday 27th February, 7pm-9pm

Function Room at The Windermere Pub, Windermere Ave, Wembley HA9 8QT

Your garden can provide a crucial habitat and an important feast for suburban wildlife. This workshop will explore how you can maximise both habitats and food for wildlife. We’ll be making bee hotels for the Northwick Park Garden. Organised by Northwick Park Community Garden and Permablitz London. For booking see https://www.northwickparkcommunitygarden.com/news-events or email northwickparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com

Tread Well on Earth at Roupell Park Estate – A 2-Day Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 29th February to Sunday 1st March

Roupell Park Estate Community Centre, 7 Upper Tulse Hill, Brixton, London SW2 2AL

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. More information and booking at http://www.sociallandscapes.co.uk/events/2019/work-with-nature-2-day-introduction-to-permaculture-roupell-park

Gardening Club at Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden

Saturday 29th February, 10.30am-1.30pm

Nubian Life Resource Centre, 50 Ellerslie Road, White City, London W12 7BW

Come and join us for these sessions in the garden and learn about how to grow and maintain a permaculture, wildlife-friendly, ecological and edible garden. For this session we’ll be planting vegetable and flower seeds for our summer garden.
We grow vegetables, herbs, plants for herbal teas, salads, unusual edible perennials, fruit, berries and edible flowers as well as a profusion of flowers for bees and butterflies. Each week you will learn something different that will be appropriate to the time of year.
Further information www.josiahbraithwaitecommunitygarden.org.uk. Please let us know if you are coming by emailing jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk

Special Request from Permaculture Association

The Permaculture Association is holding its annual Gathering for apprentices and tutors within the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design in London on 7-8 March. Would anyone be able to provide overnight accommodation for attendees?
If anyone can help, they can either email Cath at diploma@permaculture.org.uk – or post on the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/640798896449435/

 


Forthcoming events

Bergamotte Pop-Up Jungle

Thursday 5th March – Sunday 8th March

Dray Walk Gallery, Ely’s Yard, London, E1 6QL

Our Pop-Up Jungle is back! An urban greenhouse with a selection of more than 4,000 plants: hanging, exotic, graphic or prickly – there’s something for everyone and for every budget. We’ll also have a huge selection of accessories for you to pair with your new plants! See https://www.facebook.com/events/2783003145097782/ for more information.

Gardening with Nature at Cecil Sharp House

Friday 6th March, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

These Gardening with Nature sessions provide an opportunity to learn about maintaining the Cecil Sharp House permaculture garden through the year. In this session we’ll be propagating plants by dividing and transferring plants in the garden.
If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Gardening Club at Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden

Saturday 7th and 14th March, 10.30am-1.30pm

Nubian Life Resource Centre, 50 Ellerslie Road, White City, London W12 7BW

Come and join us for these sessions in the garden and learn about how to grow and maintain a permaculture, wildlife-friendly, ecological and edible garden. For these sessions we’ll be planting more seeds for the summer and making bee and bug hotels. We grow vegetables, herbs, plants for herbal teas, salads, unusual edible perennials, fruit, berries and edible flowers as well as a profusion of flowers for bees and butterflies. Each week you will learn something different that will be appropriate to the time of year.
Further information www.josiahbraithwaitecommunitygarden.org.uk
Please let us know if you are coming by emailing jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk

Diploma Gathering 2020

Saturday 7th March to Sunday 8th March

Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, London, SE11 6DN

Join us in the Spring for an inspiring and uplifting weekend of Diploma-related workshops, networking and celebrating as two Apprentices present their final portfolios and receive their Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. We’ll be holding the event in London for the first time. Accommodation is not included, so you’ll need to arrange that yourself. For booking and more information see https://www.permaculture.org.uk/noticeboard/event/conference/diploma-gathering-2020

Design 4 Action – Permaculture Design Course

Starts Saturday 7th March for 6 weekends

Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Gate, Finsbury Park, London N4 2DE

This full Permaculture Design Course offers positive design for your life, your community and your world by empowering the genius inside all of us! Running in Spring 2020 at Furtherfield Commons in Finsbury Park, this course 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. Dates: 6 weekends (total 12 days) on Sat 7 – Sun 8 March 2020, Sat 21 – 22 March 2020, Sat 4 – Sun 5 April 2020, Sat 18 – Sun 19 April 2020, Sat 2 – Sun 3 May 2020, Sat 16 – Sun 17 May 2020 Times: 10am – 4.30pm. For more information and booking see https://spiralseed.co.uk/product/design-4-action-full-permaculture-design-course-finsbury-park/

Three Acres And A Cow

Thursday 12 March, 6.30pm

St. Margaret’s House Hall, 21 Old Ford Road, London E29PL

‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues like Brexit, fracking, the housing crisis and food sovereignty movement via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people’s history of England in folk song, stories and poems. For more information see https://threeacresandacow.co.uk/

Capital Growth Training in March

Organic Food Growing For Beginners, Wed 11th March, 6pm. The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, NW1 4NR
Understanding Soil Life, Composting and Wormeries, Wednesday 25th Mrach 6pm. The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, NW1, 4NR
For more information on Capital Growth courses see https://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.

21st Century Permaculture Radio

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

Open Days & Volunteering

Please confirm with the project for opening hours and volunteering days.

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/

Orchard Project – London and nationwide. 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/

Edible Landscapes Finsbury Park N4. Our sessions are every Sunday 10-2. No need to book, just come and join in! **Please don’t forget to bring suitable all-weather clothes and footwear**  Shared lunch is at 1pm, so bring something to nibble. We usually have a foraged salad as well.

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 1pm-4pm
Grown in Peckham ~ growing to sell ~ every Thursday 1-4pm, shared lunch at 1pm.

How do I get my event in this newsletter?

If you want your events to be in the London Permaculture Network newsletter, please email them to us, at info@londonpermculture.com before the 15th of the month, and they will go into the next month’s newsletter.


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