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May 2018 London Permaculture News

Permaculture Magazine Prize Launched!


Permaculture magazine is launching the Permaculture Magazine Prize 2018 with a fund of £20,000. It will consist of one main award of £10,000 and four runners up of £2,500. The prize is open to any permaculture project in the world. We want to specifically award money to permaculture projects that reach ordinary people and demonstrate best practice permaculture both in terms of ecological and socially / culturally innovative design.We are looking for a variety of permaculture projects that are:

  • Regenerating damaged land
  • Enhancing habitat and biodiversity
  • Helping people to gain practical and community skills
  • Adding value to produce and developing local economies
  • Building community, creating social glue and greater economic resilience
  • Modelling new ways of cooperating and new cultural paradigms

Projects can apply if they have been functioning for at least three years and have established their place within their community. Please tell permaculture projects around the world about the prize. We want to hear from you! Online applications are open now and it’s free to enter. For more details see https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/permaculture-prize-2018

Design 4 ACTION Permaculture Design Course

starts Saturday 5th May, 9:30am for 6 weekends

Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ

London’s Permaculture Design Course – Design 4 ACTION (Active Community Transformation In Our Neighbourhoods) is a different kind of permaculture course – urban focused positive design for your life, your community and your world by empowering the genius inside all of us! Led by experienced Permaculture teacher Graham Burnett and others, 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. For more details and booking see https://spiralseed.co.uk/product/design-4-action-2/

Kingston Permaculture Reserve Open Day

Saturday 5th May, Noon–6 pm

Kingston Permaculture Reserve, Knollmead Allotments, Tolworth, KT5 9QP

We are holding an open day in aid of African Vision Malawi (AVM): a magical day in our orchard for all the family with lots of fragrant apple blossom (hopefully), storytelling by Belinda and Jack from Surrey Storytellers, orchard tours, pond dipping to look for amphibians, Bamboo straw making, plant sales, Dominic the beekeeper, music and sunshine, and a chance to meet Jade our friendly Indian Runner duck. We also are selling plants, either for collection from site or by arrangement. For more details see https://kpr2016.wordpress.com/courses/

Attack of the Clones Part IV

Sunday, May 6, 1pm-4pm

Edible Landscapes, Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ

You might do it by cuttings, you might do it by division, you might even do it by layering. Either way, by the end of the day you’ll be on your way to becoming Lord Plant-Invader, with the power to clone plants, creating your own huge edible army. Come over to the park side and learn the ways of the plant force with Jedi master, Jo Homan. Booking essential, via this wormhole: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/attack-of-the-clones-part-iv-tickets-44656438610

Stepney City Farm May Day Festival

Monday 7 May 10am-4pm

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

Bank holiday May Day festival, with traditional music, dancing, crafts, food and drink all day. We’ll also be shearing our sheep ready for Summer, and celebrating two very special birthdays – donkeys George and Dunstan are turning 20. A full schedule of events including sheep shearing demonstrations, animal show and tell, dance instruction and craft can be found at http://stepneycityfarm.org/at-the-farm/whats-on/

Essex Permaculture Hub

Tuesday 8th May, 7pm-9pm

Chigwell Convent, Domus Mariae Retreat & Conference Centre, 803 Chigwell Rd, Essex, IG8 8AU

The Essex Permaculture Hub is a brand new meeting place where we can get together to share ideas and to discuss the current challenges in our communities. Network with people from across Essex to explore shared values and solutions based on Permaculture Principles and Practices. Join us in creating a brighter and a fairer future, caring for the earth and for each other, whilst living in harmony with nature. Email  greenhopefoundationuk@gmail.com or ring 07942612117 for more details.

Creatively Teaching Permaculture

Friday 11th – Monday 14th May, 9:30am-4:30pm

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

Open the window to facilitating creative learning! Do you want to change your world by teaching permaculture? Due to popular request Graham Burnett will be leading this four day introduction to creative and participatory teaching and learning in partnership with May Project Gardens in south London. There will be plenty of opportunities to put your own learning into practice, and to develop and deliver your own teaching session in a supported and safe environment. Please note that places are STRICTLY LIMITED on this course, so apply soon to avoid disappointment! More details and booking at https://spiralseed.co.uk/product/creatively-teaching-permaculture-4-day-intensive-course-with-graham-burnett-4/

May in a Day!

Saturday 12th May, 1pm-4pm

Cecil Sharp House, Camden Town, London NW1 7AY

Cecil Sharp House permaculture project is part of the LAND (Learning And Network Demonstration) network showing permaculture in practice. Managed by Permablitz London (www.permablitzlondon.com) volunteers maintain the garden through our Gardening with Nature training. During the ‘May in a Day’ festival Permablitz London will be holding special activities in the garden including workshops for children such as ‘meet our mini-beasts’, ‘plant a seed’ and nature art. Come and help us keep the kids educated and entertained.

May in a Day is an annual family folk arts festival. Inside Cecil Sharp House traditional entertainment will welcome in the spring, with fun and creative activities for all the family! There will be ceilidh and maypole dancing with expert caller Mike Ruff, and live music by Deborah Chambers and David Delarre or take a breather whilst watching dynamic morris side, Fool’s Gambit. Make folk-inspired creations with Shelagh McCarthy in our arts and crafts workshops, join enchanting folk singer Aimée Leonard for lively song sessions.

If you would like to join us and help out, please email us at info@permablitzlondon.com to let us know.

Learn about Bees- Sustainable Beekeeping weekend course

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May 2018 10am-5.30pm

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. The first day of the course will take a look at the fascinating world of the honeybee, introducing key concepts in their biology and ecology. Day Two will focus on how to keep bees in Warre hives and the practice of keeping bees within an ethical framework. More details at https://www.organiclea.org.uk/2018/03/sustainable-beekeeping-course-may-2018/

‘Anima Mundi’ film showing by Ealing Transition

Sunday 13th May, 7.30pm

St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RH

Following our talk by Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture Magazine – we are continuing the permaculture theme with a screening of the 2011 documentary ‘Anima Mundi’, the first feature documentary by film maker Peter Charles Downey. After the screening, there will an opportunity to explore the relevance and significance of permaculture principles and practice in creating a sustainable future. For more details see https://ealingtransition.org.uk/

Join the London Permaculture Festival team!

First 2018 team meeting on Tuesday 15th May, 6:30-8pm

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

The annual London Permaculture Festival is a one day grassroots event that attracts around 700 people who come to learn about how the ethical design science of permaculture can offer sustainable, regenerative green solutions to different areas of modern life. We rely on 50-plus volunteers to put it on each year.

We will be meeting on the following Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm-8pm at Cecil Sharp House:

  • Tuesday 15th May
  • Tuesday 5th June
  • Tuesday 19th June
  • Tuesday 3rd July
  • Tuesday 17th July

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 7AY. Meet in the café downstairs. Camden tube/Camden Road overground

We would particularly appreciate help with:

Publicity/promotion
We could always use more creative ideas to promote the festival as well as help leafletting, distributing posters, setting up articles for the local/specialist press, arranging radio interviews, posting announcements on the internet and anything else you think might help to publicise the festival.

Help on the day

The festival cake stall
Our stalls market runs on a ‘cake currency’ in which two cakes ‘buys’ a stall – the cakes then being sold on the festival cake stall to help cover our costs.

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

Sustainable Hackney Films For Action Presents ‘Power Trip: Fracking in the UK’

Friday 18th May, 7pm – 11pm

St Paul’s West Hackney, 182 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7UY

Power Trip follows grandmothers who set up a campaign group (Lancashire Nanas) and teamed up with young activists (Reclaim the Power) to shut down the Fracking sites of Cuadrilla near Blackpool (Lancashire) and Balcombe (West Sussex) by occupying trucks and blocking gates. The Undercurrents production, supported by the Lush Film Fund, explores how social media is being used by both Fracking companies and activists as a tool. After the film, there will be a Q&A session with some of the people involved in the protests as well as local campaigners from groups offering positive, alternative energy solutions. More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/190419535092267/

Food Growing Skills Level 1 Award (City and Guilds)

Starts Friday 18th May for 7 weeks, 10.30am-4.30pm

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

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. For more details call 020 8496 2971

Permablitz at Susannah’s allotment

Saturday 19th May, 10am-5.30pm

Brent Cross, North-west London

This permablitz at Susannah’s allotment will be developing rainwater collection and automatic watering systems on the allotment. We will be adding guttering and water butts to the shed, setting up gravity fed soaker hose irrigation and wicking beds. We will also be planting unusual edible perennials, unusual root crops, the three sisters: corn, beans and squash, improving pathways, setting up new compost bins and creating a keyhole bed.
There will be mini-workshops on installing a water butt, creating wicking beds, and the ‘three sisters’.
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

Designing Edible Spaces

Saturday 19th May – Sunday 20th May 9:30-5pm

The Skip Garden, Tapper Walk, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AQ

Would you like to be growing your own food but feel you don’t have space or the time? Eating more organic food but think it’s too expensive?
This course will give you the design skills and knowledge to transform your garden or urban space into an abundant, edible garden, that is full of food, friendly to wildlife, looks good, and needs little maintenance. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/events/601500936849611/

Introduction to Off Grid Energy Systems

Saturday 20th May, 11am-4pm

Unit C, 59 Ladywell Road, Lewisham, London, SE13 7UT

Learn off-grid design principles and gain practical skills to build future systems. Learn what energy is – how it works today, and what’s in store for the future. Understand the electrical basics: current, voltage, resistance, power, series and parallel circuits. Learn to test and use 12V batteries. Know how to choose the right components to build circuits to power phones and laptop chargers. Receive advice for further circuit and systems design and build. Dig deeper into the energy dilemma – and possible solutions. All materials provided, including charging components. More information from: http://www.demandenergyequality.org

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday May 26th 2018, 10am–4.30pm

Upminster Sanctuary, Pea Lane, Upminster, Essex RM14 2XH

Are you concerned about climate change and future generations? Do you want to change how we interact with our gardens ecosystems and human communities? Our one day Introduction to Permaculture Course led by Graham Burnett (author of Permaculture a Beginners Guide and The Vegan Book of Permaculture) aims to inspire and empower you to use permaculture design in your everyday life to create the change you wish to see in your world. This course is being held at the beautiful setting of The Sanctuary near Upminster, a peaceful haven set in rural surroundings providing a learning environment where visitors can feel relaxed, rejuvenated and restored. For more information and booking see https://spiralseed.co.uk/product/introduction-permaculture-one-day-course-sanctuary-upminster/

Gardening with Nature training at Cecil Sharp House

These sessions are part of a series of training sessions taking place at the Cecil Sharp House garden through the year for people who want to learn more about plants and the practicalities of taking care of them in a permaculture garden. Sessions are £6 each. For more details and booking go to http://www.permablitzlondon.com/gardening-with-nature-training-sessions-in-the-cecil-sharp-house-garden/

Wednesday 2nd May 6pm-8pm, Making and applying nettle tea
Nettle tea gives the plants a boost of nitrogen at the time of year when perennials are growing their leaves. At the same time, the tea supports the soil-food-web. Come and find out how to make and apply nettle tea.
Wednesday 9th May 6pm-8pm, Taking spring cuttings
Come and learn how to take cuttings. This session will explain how taking a cutting from a plant can grow a new plant. You’ll then get a chance to take cuttings and pot them up.
Wednesday 16th May 6pm-8pm, Planting unusual root vegetables
It is time to plant out the plants that will give us roots to harvest in the autumn at Cecil Sharp House. These will include Mashua, Oca, Chinese artichoke and Jerusalem artichoke. Come and find out more about them.
Wednesday 23rd May 6pm-8pm, Planting up the green roofs at Cecil Sharp House
We will be adding plants to the green roofs at Cecil Sharp House. They are in very different places so this session will include an explanation of how each of them are designed to deal with different conditions.
Wednesday 30th May 6pm-8pm, Making comfrey tea
In this session you will have a chance to make comfrey tea. Come and learn how to do that and all about the benefits of comfrey tea to both the plants and the soil-food-web.

Capital Growth Training Courses in May

Thursday 3rd May, 6pm-8:30pm, The Skip Garden, Kings Cross, Natural pest management and companion planting
Wednesday 9th May, 6pm-8:30pm, The Regent’s Park Allotment, Understanding soil life, composting and wormeries
Saturday 12th May, 10:30am-1:30pm, Pop Brixton and Brixton Orchard, Creating and maintaining beautiful communal gardens
Wednesday 30th May 6pm-9pm, Sydenham Gardens London SE23, Introduction to social and therapeutic horticulture

See http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/for more details and links to booking pages.

Have a stall at the London Permaculture Festival

The ninth annual London Permaculture Festival will be held on Sunday 29th July, 2018 in the beautiful Arts & Crafts building of Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London.

Let London know all about your project, or sell your wares with a stall in the main hall of the festival.We normally have over 700 people attend during the course of the day. The audience are very much drawn from permaculture, alternative, green, action-oriented networks – all looking forward to a fun and fact-filled day bringing together people from across the capital and beyond who are interested in finding creative solutions for a sustainable future.

As in previous years we are operating a ‘cake economy’ asking all stall-holders to bake a couple of cakes as ‘payment’ for having a stall. For more details,and to book your place please email Hugh: stalls@londonpermaculturefestival.com We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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

Forthcoming Events

Permablitz at Nubian Life Centre

White City, West London

Saturday 2nd June, 10am-5.30pm

Nubian Life Centre is a community centre that provides day care for African and Afro-Caribbean elders. This permablitz is being undertaken in partnership with Living Medicine, so the plants have been selected for their nutritional and medicinal benefits. We are going to be transforming the garden at the centre, creating a mini-forest garden, raised beds with the three sisters, adding trellis and climbers and laying out pathways. Mini-workshops will include ‘the three sisters’, ways to keep your plants watered and an explanation of the 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

Permablitz London Design Guild

Starts Monday 4th June 7pm-9pm (8 free weekly sessions)

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture LAND project, Camden

Help design a permablitz and see it put into practice!

Permaculture designers from Permablitz London Design Guild are holding another Introduction to Permablitz Design series focused on creating designs for forthcoming permablitzes that will take place at a variety of sites across London.
All welcome: suitable for experienced designers, gardeners and complete beginners. If you would like to come along please email Kayode or Susannah at info@permablitzlondon.com to let us know. These sessions are free.
Permablitzes are edible, wildlife-friendly garden makeovers that typically involve a group of people meeting up for the day to create or develop a community or household garden according to a permaculture design. They spread through a network of reciprocity. Once you have been to a few permablitzes (usually three) you can have one for your garden or rooftop/balcony

Permablitz at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Hainault, East London

Saturday 9th June, 10am-5.30pm

Come and help plant and find out about native forest garden plants on this permablitz. It is the first of three to implement a project funded by ‘Grow Wild’ (led by Kew Gardens) to showcase edible, wildlife-friendly plants that have been growing in Britain since ancient times. Mini-workshops will cover ‘what are native plants?’, an overview of the plants, and an explanation of Forest Farm Peace Garden’s forest garden design and this new area being established.
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

Saturday 16th-Sunday 17th June, 10am

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

This lively and interactive course will teach you the basics of permaculture: learning from natural systems to help us design our gardens, balconies – even our lifestyles!
Contact rosbedlow@hotmail.com for further information

Gardening with Nature training at Cecil Sharp house

These sessions are part of a series of training sessions taking place at the Cecil Sharp House garden through the year for people who want to learn more about plants and the practicalities of taking care of them in a permaculture garden. Sessions are £6 each. for more details and booking go to http://www.permablitzlondon.com/gardening-with-nature-training-sessions-in-the-cecil-sharp-house-garden/

Wednesday 6th June, 6pm-8pm, The importance of supporting plants
For many plants it helps them to give them support structures as they grow. In beds where there are a lot of plants it prevents one plant being smothered by another. Come and find out more.
Wednesday 13th June, 6pm-8pm, Summer care for fruit trees
There are lots of fruit trees at Cecil Sharp House and this session will focus on how to take care of them during the summer. We will be doing our summer pruning and thinning the fruit.

Capital Growth Training Courses in early June

Saturday 2nd June 10:30am-1:30pm, Edible Landscapes London N4, Midsummer medicinal herbs: Fresh forage on you doorstep
Wednesday 6th June 6pm-8:30pm, The Regent’s Park Allotment, Growing food with children and young people
Wednesday 13th June, 6pm-8:30pm, The Regent’s Park Allotment, Nature connection: exploring mindfulness in the garden
Saturday 16th June, 10:30am-1:30pm, Spitalfields City Farm London E1, Keeping chickens

See http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/ for more details.

National Permaculture Convergence

Thursday 20th- Sunday 23rd September 2018

Manchester, England

We’re delighted to announce that the National Permaculture Convergence, organised by the Permaculture Association, will be happening in Manchester 20 -23 September.
The event will be held across venues in Hulme, including the wonderful Hulme Community Garden Centre, Z-arts and Hulme Hall.
Friday: a day-long conference,
Saturday: a day of practical learning and activity
Sunday: a shared brunch and tours of local projects.
On the Thursday there will be an Educators’ Meeting and a Thriving Communities network meeting
Tickets on sale 7 May 2018 – see https://permaculture.org.uk/noticeboard/event/convergence/national-permaculture-convergence for more details


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.
Please check winter opening hours
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



November 2018 London Permaculture News

Permaculture Association Annual General Tree Planting Meeting

Saturday 17th November, 11am – 5pm

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

Join us for our first ever AGTPM – An Annual General Tree Planting Meeting!
This year we will be meeting at Stepney City Farm to present the annual review and accounts, elect new trustees, look at our strategy, run some fantastic practical workshops and plant some trees. Whether you can join us in Stepney or not, now is a great time to start thinking about where you could plant a tree (or more) this winter. Treeplanting is a brilliant and inclusive activity for young and old and every one planted helps our world. We want to make tree planting a regular part of what the Association does, and celebrate the practical work we do in permaculture. For more information and booking go to
https://www.permaculture.org.uk/noticeboard/event/general-event/permaculture-association-annual-general-tree-planting-meeting

Permablitz at Weedington Road Community Garden

Saturday 3rd November, 10am-5pm

Kentish Town, London

Come along for the first permablitz in a series to create a community garden at this unused space in Weedington Road in Kentish Town. This permablitz will focus on preparing the soil and feeding the soil-food-web. We will be clearing some of the existing plants, loosening the soil, laying down a lasagne mulch and planting a green manure. We will also be planting some salad plants that will be ready to harvest in the spring. Mini-workshops will explain the benefits of preparing the soil with lasagne mulches and green manures. They will particularly highlight the key role of the soil-food-web ecosystem in establishing good soil structure and developing natural fertility.
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 letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

Apply for a smallholding at Arlington

Deadline is Wednesday 7th November,midnight

The Ecological Land Cooperative(ELC) has been granted temporary planning permission by Wealdon District Council to create three affordable smallholdings for new entrant farmers in Arlington, East Sussex. The mission of the ELC is to provide affordable opportunities for ecological land-based businesses in England and Wales. The ELC supports rural regeneration by developing affordable residential sites for farming, forestry and other land-based enterprises which are ecologically beneficial and financially viable.

We’re delighted to announce that the process to apply for a smallholding at our Arlington site is now open. The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 7th November.We welcome your application and look forward to reading about your business ideas and your vision for your ecological farm business. For more information, and the application form go to https://ecologicalland.coop/application

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 10th November – Sunday 11th November

Arc Hall, Hoathly Hill Community, West Hoathly 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!
More information and booking : http://www.sunrisepermaculture.org.uk/portfolio/introduction-to-permaculture/

Home composting & healthy soils workshop

Saturday 10th November, 10am–1pm

Sutton Community Farm, 40a Telegraph Track, Wallington, London SM6 0SH

Composting expert Paul Richens will lead the workshop, which has been designed to encourage and inspire those wishing to improve their home composting know-how. Come along to discover why composting is absolutely key to creating healthy soil to produce food and flowers through building soil fertility, reducing waste and saving you money! More information at http://suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk/events/home-composting-healthy-soils-workshop-saturday-10th-november-2018/

Plant Flowers in South London Orchard

Sunday 11th November, 12 noon-3pm

Agnes Riley Gardens, Clapham, SW12 0AH

Help The Orchard Project to plant bee-friendly flowers and shrubs in the Orchard Wildife Area next to the Community Garden in Agnes Riley Park. These plants will provide nectar all year round for bees and other insects that pollinate the orchard. Tools and hot soup provided. All welcome. Wear appropriate clothing.
Please sign up for free here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/flower-and-shrub-planting-workshop-south-london-tickets-51809799505

Northwick Park Community Garden

Tuesday 13th November, 7pm-9pm

The Windermere Pub, South Kenton, HA9 8QT
In a special area of Northwick Park we are planning on planting a communal green space where the community can unwind, learn and harvest seasonal produce. We need your help to co-create and shape our wonderful Community Garden together. Come along to our launch event and have your say by sharing ideas and being part of something special in our local area.

Understanding all about fruit trees

Thursday 15th November • 6.30pm-8.30pm

Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN

This workshop will explain how fruit trees grow and what to consider when planting them. As well as explaining rootstocks, pollination partners and spacing, the workshop will also look at how to create an ecological design to support your fruit trees. Organised by Permablitz London, free to attend. Please RSVP to benc@bac.org.uk

Rosehip Syrup Making Workshop

Friday 16th November, 11am-12 noon

Forest Farm Peace Garden, end of Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault, Essex IG6 2XL

Find out how to make delicious and healthy syrup using the abundant rosehips gathered from our garden. This is a free workshop. Please register if you’d like to attend at: info@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

 

Go Sustain – Inspiring the world into sustainability

Saturday 17th November 9:30am–6pm

London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DB

Project “GoSustain” is a one-day event to inspire you into a sustainable lifestyle. Topics such as sustainable living space, energy conservation, food sustainability, sustainable economy and many more. Its a community project purely to inspire people and give back to the world. Book your early bird spot here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/go-sustain-inspiring-the-world-into-sustainability-tickets-49249845614

Permablitz at Cecil Sharp House

Saturday 24th November, 10am-4pm

Cecil Sharp House, Camden, NW1 7AY

This permablitz at Cecil Sharp House will be to prepare the garden for winter, cutting down perennials, adding leaf mould and bark chip mulch onto the soil. We will also be collecting leaves to make leaf mould (Cecil Sharp House has a 2-year leaf-mould cycle to compost down the Plane tree leaves, that will be explained in a mini-workshop) and we’ll be planting some bulbs for spring. There will also be a chance to take some cuttings. There will be mini-workshops on ‘what are bulbs?’, how to create leaf-mould and taking hard-wood cuttings.
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 letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

Unusual edible perennials workshop

Tuesday 27th November, 6.30pm-9pm

Cecil Sharp House, Camden, NW1 7AY

This workshop will take a look at a broad selection of unusual edible perennials: trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, groundcover and roots that you can include in your garden and in forest garden designs. The workshop will outline the different yields you can expect from the plants. You’ll be able to see some of the plants in the Cecil Sharp House Garden and receive a handout with details of the plants.
You’ll have a chance to try a salad with unusual edible leaves gathered from the Cecil Sharp House garden. To book tickets go to https://billetto.co.uk/en/e/unusual-edible-perennials-workshop-tickets-316560/

News

£25,000 Permaculture Magazine Prize Announces Winners

Established in 2018, the Permaculture Magazine Prize aims to showcase the very best examples of ecological, social and economical regenerative permaculture projects in the world. We want to shine a light on good people and good works in a world on the edge of collapse and climate crisis. We are therefore delighted to announce the winner and runners up of its main category plus the Youth prize supported by the Abundant Earth Foundation.

The Ghana Permaculture Institute (GPI) takes the main £10,000 award for its extraordinary work with its farming community and beyond. The four runners up are equally impressive and each will receive £2,500. They are Albaydha Project, Saudi Arabia; Guba, Swaziland; Bentley Urban Farm, UK; Permaculture Provision Project, USA. More details about the winning projects on the Permaculture Magazine website at https://www.permaculture.co.uk/news/25000-permaculture-magazine-prize-announces-winners

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture LAND garden wins Camden in Bloom Best Business Garden 2018

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture LAND project has won Camden in Bloom Best Business Garden 2018 for the third year running. The Cecil Sharp House garden is a low maintenance permaculture design inspired by the folk adage: one for the birds, one for the bugs and one for me which chimes very well with the permaculture ethos of earth care, people care, fair shares. It is based on working with the soil-food-web, wildlife and plants as co-gardeners to maintain health and fertility. The garden is always open for visitors. https://www.cecilsharphouse.org/csh-visit-us/csh-garden

Forthcoming Events

Natural Dye Workshop

Sunday 2nd December, 12pm-4.30pm

Cecil Sharp House, Camden, NW1 7AY

Come along to this workshop to learn about dyeing fabric with natural plant dyes. You will learn about mordants, recipes to produce different colours and see fabric swatches being dyed with natural plant dyes. To book tickets see https://billetto.co.uk/en/e/natural-dye-workshop-tickets-316558/


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/

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



February 2019 London Permaculture News

Winter Pruning Workshop

Saturday 2nd February, 10am-3pm

Alara Wholefoods, 110 Camley Street, London N1C 4PW

Join The Orchard Project for an introduction to fruit tree pruning in one of London’s most urban orchards at Alara Wholefoods, Camden. The workshop will cover formative and remedial pruning on apple and pear trees from 5-9 years old. There will be plenty of opportunity for everyone to learn through practice, and we will also cover general fruit tree care. More info at: https://www.theorchardproject.org.uk/events/public-winter-pruning-workshop-london/

Three Acres And A Cow

Wednesday 6th February, 7pm

St Paul’s Church, Camden Square, London, NW1 9XG

The show connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues like fracking, the housing crisis and food sovereignty movements via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people’s history of Britain in folk song, stories and poems.  *****Please note change of venue to St Paul’s Church, Camden Square, London, NW1 9XG****

Eventbrite ticket page – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3-acres-a-cow-a-history-of-land-rights-protest-in-folk-song-story-tickets-53435784871

The Bartlett International Lecture Series – Momoyo Kaijima

Wednesday 6th February, 6pm-8pm

Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, 22 Gordon Street,London WC1H 0QB

Momoyo discusses Architectural Behaviorology, an architectural design method, in which one focuses on creating better accessibility to local resources.
More info at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/architecture/events/2019/feb/momoyo-kaijima-bartlett-international-lecture-series

London climate strike in solidarity with #Fridaysforfuture

Friday 15th February, 10am-3pm

Parliament Square, London, SW1

Mass Strike for the Climate Day 15th February 2019. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1760479297397102/

‘Love Under the Stars’

Thursday 14th February, 6:30pm-10:30pm

Meadow Orchard Project, Crouch End, N8 8JD, London

An event in a mini urban land project coming up. There will be bonfires, music and star gazing with Nick from the Baker Street Astronomers. Hope to see you there, tickets are £5, no one refused on the door for lack of funds.. More info at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/love-under-the-stars-tickets-55126724517

Improving Soil Health on Horticulture Operations

Friday 22nd February, 9am-5pm

Hawkwood Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, London E4 7UH

Roots Make Soil! Apply the soil health principles to transform your soil into a crumbly, friable state that’s easy to work & produces healthy crops. The soil health principles work. From large farms to market gardens, when implemented doggedly they bring real results: better soil structure, healthier crops and more consistent yields. What’s more, the growers that have most rigorously applied these principles have the more profitable operations today. A one-day course on promoting and preserving soil health, using problem-based learning. More info, and links to booking pages at https://www.facebook.com/events/513222022531682/

Growth, Degrowth and Climate Justice

Saturday 23rd February, 12am-5pm

Kennington Park Community Centre, Harleyford Street, London SE11 5SY

Economic growth is a shibboleth of modern politics, but is it compatible with climate justice? Do rich countries need to ‘degrow’, and if so, what would that actually look like? Join us to discuss what the politics of degrowth might mean for organising to stop climate breakdown. Event is free, book tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/growth-degrowth-and-climate-justice-tickets-53680852876

Permablitz/Volunteer Forest Gardening Day

Saturday 23rd February, 10am-4pm

The Quadrangle, Shoreham Road, Shoreham Kent TN14 7RP

Please join us for a permablitz day in the beautiful Darent Valley helping with various jobs in our 7 year old forest garden. No cost – Food and drink provided. More information at https://thequadrangle.co/event/volunteer-forest-gardening-day/

Formidable Vegetable’s ‘Earth People Fair’ Single

The new Earth People Fair single is now available for a spin via https://soundcloud.com/formidablevegetable/01-earth-people-fair-wb-ref/s-J3mdG. Official Music Video: https://youtu.be/ZIQlS_VrNkQ

Forthcoming Events

Permablitz at Reay Primary School

Saturday 2nd March, 10am-5pm

The Oval, south London

This will be the second permablitz organised at Reay Primary School garden and we will be getting busy digging out and setting up the pond and making planters and planting fruit trees as part of the project to create a sensory-edible garden for children aged 3-11 years. We will welcome adults and children – the more the merrier and there will be jobs for all!
The mini-workshops will include an explanation of how to plant up a pond and planting bare-rooted fruit trees in winter. You’ll also have a chance to learn basic woodworking skills including sawing and drilling.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers for lunch, which is provided, and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

Permablitz at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Saturday 9th March, 10am-5pm

Hainault, East London

Come and join us for the third permablitz to implement a project funded by ‘Grow Wild’ (led by Kew Gardens) to create an area of forest garden to showcase edible, wildlife-friendly plants that have been growing in Britain since ancient times. We will be preparing the soil and doing a lot of planting, some from seed. We’ll also be setting up a shelter area with trellis for native climbers.
Mini-workshops will cover ‘what are native plants?’, an explanation of Forest Farm Peace Garden’s forest garden design and this new area being established and ’the best way to establish new plants through their first year’.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers for lunch, which is provided, and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

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.

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March 2019 London Permaculture News

Permablitz at Reay Primary School

Saturday 2nd March, 10am-5pm

The Oval, south London

This will be the second permablitz organised at Reay Primary School garden and we will be getting busy digging out and setting up the pond and making planters and planting fruit trees as part of the project to create a sensory-edible garden for children aged 3-11 years. We will welcome adults and children – the more the merrier and there will be jobs for all! The mini-workshops will include an explanation of how to plant up a pond and planting bare-rooted fruit trees in winter. You’ll also have a chance to learn basic woodworking skills including sawing and drilling.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers for lunch, which is provided, and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

Dawson’s Hill Orchard – Winter Tree Care

Tuesday 5th March, 10:30am-2pm

Dawson’s Hill, Dunstans Road, London SE22 0GZ

Dawson’s Hill Orchard sits right below Dawson’s Heights estate in Dulwich, south east London. The orchard consists of several veteran pear and plum trees thought to be around 100 years old. There are also a number of young fruit trees planted in recent years. Free, more info and to book a place go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dawsons-hill-orchard-winter-tree-care-tickets-56168654959

Community Power: stories of London’s energy revolution

Tuesday, 5th March 6:30pm-8pm

The Printworks, 139 Clapham Road, London SW9 0HP

Friends of the Earth invites you to an evening of inspirational stories from Community Energy London. Join us to hear more about building an inner-city anaerobic digester, putting solar on urban farms and schools, and helping vulnerable people to stay warm and switch to cleaner energy providers. Tickets are free but please book in advance here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-power-stories-of-londons-energy-revolution-tickets-55765455980

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden practical session

Friday 8th March, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

Come along to learn about soil-testing and plant division as we carry out practical tasks in the Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Permablitz at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Saturday 9th March, 10am-5pm

Hainault, East London

Come and join us for the third permablitz to implement a project funded by ‘Grow Wild’ (led by Kew Gardens) to create an area of forest garden to showcase edible, wildlife-friendly plants that have been growing in Britain since ancient times. We will be preparing the soil and doing a lot of planting, some from seed. We’ll also be setting up a shelter area with trellis for native climbers.
Mini-workshops will cover ‘what are native plants?’, an explanation of Forest Farm Peace Garden’s forest garden design and this new area being established and ’the best way to establish new plants through their first year’.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers for lunch, which is provided, and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

Organic food growing for beginners

Saturday 9th March & Saturday 23rd March, 10:30am-1pm

The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, Regents Park, 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.
Organised by Capital Growth. More information and links to booking pages here https://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Planting seeds for the Northwick Park Community Garden

Thursday 14th March, 7pm-9pm

Church Of The Annunciation, 194 Windermere Ave, HA9 8QT Wembley

This workshop will show you how to successfully plant seeds. Susannah will explain what you need to consider when planting seeds and you’ll have a chance to put what you have learnt into practice and plant some seeds that you can take home to look after. This is a community garden workshop where some of the seeds you have sown will hopefully grow into plants we can plant in the Northwick Park Community Garden. There will also be the opportunity to plant seeds you bring with you as well.
Please bring the following if you are able: yoghurt pots, egg boxes, seed trays and anything else you could plant seeds in. We will have some containers and will also bring seed compost and seeds (although you can bring your own seeds if you want to see how to plant them). Tickets: £10 buy here: https://bit.ly/2I8COir

East London Permaculture

Thursday 14th March, 7pm

Grow Hackney, 98C Wallis Road, Main Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5LN

We are starting this permaculture group for East London, hoping as numbers grow that we start branching and start Permaculture groups for each borough in East London. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Grow in Hackney Wick, E9 5LN. You can join us in learning and discussing Urban Permaculture, how to grow your own organic food, health & nutrition and sustainable design. We also discuss plans for a new community garden in Hackney. For more details see https://www.facebook.com/events/2235018679890720/

Adults’ solidarity strike with Climate school strike

Friday 15th March 2019

everywhere in the UK & world

Let’s show that we stand in support with Greta and all the young people striking for climate on 15th March. Young people will lead the way, but we want to show that we support them in their fight to get our governments and businesses to act immediately, to ensure a future free of climate catastrophe for our youth and children. See https://www.facebook.com/events/757881537924508/ for more details

Grafting Day

Sunday 17th March, 10.30am-1pm

Edible Landscapes London, Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ

Come and learn how to create new fruit trees using a method known as grafting, which is essentially tree cloning. We will be grafting cuttings from fruit trees known as ‘scions’ onto rootstocks. Apple scions will be grafted onto apple rootstocks and service tree scions will be grafted onto hawthorn rootstocks, using knives. We will take you through the whole process you will come away with a better understanding of the process and some practical experience. More info and booking at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grafting-day-london-tickets-53583935995

Talk at Kew Gardens – agroforestry and nut cultivation in the Southern Appalachians

Monday 18th March 6pm-7pm

Jodrell Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London TW9 3AE

As part of the annual KMIS winter lecture series held at RBG, Kew, two 30 minute lectures will be presented by horticultural students who have undertaken travel scholarships. ‘Nut Culture & Cultivation in the Southern Appalachians’, will introduce several successful agroforestry projects in the region, planting designs, species selection, production of harvests and the opportunities for development in the UK. The lecture will conclude with audience questions. Tickets: £2.50 (pay on the night). More details of lecture programme at https://www.kew.org/training-and-courses/horticultural-training/kew-mutual-improvement-society

Cranford Park Orchard – Tree ID labels and mulching

Thursday 21st March, 10:30am-3:30pm

Cranford Park, The Parkway, Cranford, London TW5 9RZ

Cranford Park Friends, London Borough of Hillingdon and The Orchard Project are working together to restore the orchard at Cranford Park. There has been an orchard on the site for at least 150 years, and although the current orchard is only 15 years old, it is of real value with 47 different varieties of apple and pear growing together. More info and booking at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cranford-park-orchard-tree-id-labels-and-mulching-tickets-57096417923

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden practical session

Friday 22nd March, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

In this session we’ll be planting micro greens and seeds for the summer along with other practical tasks in the Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Human & Planetary Ecology

23rd-24th March, 10am-5pm

Omved Gardens, Townsend Yard, Highgate, London N6 5JF

Lori Hillman returns for her Five Elements and Food Energetics workshop series. An experiential workshop for learning and healing. We will use tools from the tradition of Five Element Taoist medicine. This ancient wisdom, with its practical solutions, is as appropriate today, if not more so, than it was 4,000 years ago.
Omved is an urban greenscape nestled behind Highgate High Street. Until recently, a wounded and tarmacked wasteland, it is being transformed into a diverse eco habitat with a wild flower meadow, an orchard and a vegetable garden. Through collaboration with artists, architects, chefs, musicians and horticulturalists we are exploring the nature of the relationship between people and our connection to the environment. Bookings and more details at https://www.omvedgardens.com/events/human-planetary-ecology/

Permablitz at Clare’s garden

Saturday 30th March, 10am-5pm

Kentish Town, North London

We are going to be planting a miniature forest garden in Clare’s small back garden in Kentish Town that will include a wide variety of unusual edible perennials. We’ll also be setting up some espalier fruit trees and planting climbers for the walls. This will be both an edible and ornamental garden so come along and find out how many of the common ornamental garden plants are also edible.
Mini-workshops will include ‘training an espalier tree’ and ‘eating our ornamental garden plants’.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers (lunch is provided) and then we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

Permaculture Magazine Prize 2019

Are you a Permaculture project or community? Then why not submit an entry to the £25,000 Permaculture Prize 2019, read all about it here: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/permaculture-magazine-prize-2019 we want to highlight and support the best projects worldwide. Entries now open, please share today.

Forthcoming Events

Permablitz London Design Guild

starts Monday 1st April

held at Nubian Life Centre, White City and Cecil Sharp House, Camden

Permaculture designers from Permablitz London Design Guild are holding another Introduction to Permablitz Design series focused on creating designs for forthcoming 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. Each session is free and from 7pm to 9pm on the following dates:

Monday 1st April, Monday 8th April, Monday 15th April, Monday 29th April, Monday 13th May, Monday 20th May, Monday 3rd June, Monday 10th June, Monday 17th June, Monday 24th June

Pre-booking essential: if you would like to come along please email Kayode or Susannah to register and for further details at info@permablitzlondon.com

Build Camp 7, Spring 2019

starts Monday, 1st April 9am

Organic Lea, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH

During this camp we are building a large fully insulated roundhouse with green roof, whiskey barrel walls, doors & windows, suspended floor etc. Organiclea Workers Coop will use this crowd funded building as a teaching space. We ask a minimum commitment of two weeks but the longer you can spend with us the better. We’ll be spending 3 months on this build and we’ll all be camping, eating & working together on-site for the duration.
This is a REAL, FULL BUILD on-site, so you’ll need to be physically fit and competent with tools. You’ll also need to be self-sufficient as we’ll be living outdoors in basic conditions. 18yrs +. If you would like to join us please apply through the website as spaces are limited. More info at http://wholewoods.co.uk/community-building-volunteer-program/

Capital Growth workshop: Permaculture Polycultures: Getting more from your plot

Tuesday 2nd April, 6pm-9pm

Cecil Sharp House. 2 Regent’s Park Road, 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.
Click here for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/permaculture-polycultures-getting-more-from-your-plot-tickets-57592748461

Seed planting for unusual summer salads

Sunday 7th April, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

for more details contact Permablitz London

Capital Growth workshop: Better Together: Companion planting & natural pest control

Tuesday 9th April, 6pm-8.30pm

Rainbow Grow, Hackney CVS, 24-30 Dalston Ln, E8 3AZ

Come and find out how to combine plants to create mutually supportive plant communities to enhance fertility and strengthen resistance to pests and diseases. The session will look at the different roles plants play and examine the importance of supporting the soil to enhance plant health.
Click here for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/better-together-companion-planting-natural-pest-control-tickets-56971637702

EUGIC 2019 LONDON: 3rd European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference

10th–11th April

Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

Join the urban greening revolution! Leading urban green infrastructure experts and practitioners from Europe and beyond celebrating nature-based solutions for climate-adapted, resilient, healthy cities. See https://eugic.events/ for more details

Permablitz at May Project Gardens

Sunday 14th April, 10am-5.30pm

May Project Gardens, Merton, South London

Come along for this permablitz at May Project Gardens, where we will be implementing a low-maintenance permaculture design: renovating the planting with unusual edible perennials, adding an irrigation system and creating a bed to grow the ‘three sisters’ – corn, beans and squash. As well as most of the new plants being edible they will also provide flowers with nectar for bees and butterflies and an aesthetically beautiful space for visitors to the garden. There will be mini-workshops on ‘the three sisters’, setting up an irrigation system and giving details of the unusual edible perennials.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers (lunch is provided) and then we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

Capital Growth training in early April

Permaculture polycultures: Getting more from your plot Tue 2nd April, 6pm. Cecil Sharp House, NW1 7AY
Understanding soil life, composting and wormeries Sat 6th April, 10:30am. The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, NW1 4NR
Better together – Companion planting & natural pest control Tue 9th April, 6pm. Rainbow Grow, E8 3AZ
Feed the soil not the plants: test, maintain and improve soil quality Sat 13th April, 10:30am. Cody Dock, E16 4TL
More information and links to booking pages here 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.

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May 2019 London Permaculture News


Campfire Club: Alasdair Roberts, Avocet

Friday 3rd May, 7pm

Glengall Wharf Gardens, 64 Glengall Road, Peckham, SE15 6NH

Campfire Club is back! The Nest Collective will be in the garden for a series of unamplified performances around the campfire this summer. Come down to get up close and personal, and hear the artists’ music in a very intimate way. Scottish singer, guitarist, and musical collaborator Alasdair Roberts is multiple award winning solo artist, a gifted interpreter of traditional songs, and a songwriter/composer. Avocet is a musical trio from Scotland, based in Glasgow. See https://burgessparkfoodproject.org.uk/ for more details.

The Annual Herb Walk 2019

Sunday 5th May, 2pm-4pm

Bentley Priory Nature Reserve, Entrance Gate, 1 Old Lodge Way, Stanmore HA7 3AR

A chance to immerse yourself in nature and learn about the medicinal properties of plants growing all around us. This walk is lead by Varsha, a qualified medical herbalist, and she will share her knowledge of identifying medicinal plants and tell you all about how they can be used for everyday health issues. The science and traditions of these amazing plants will enable you to make meaningful connections with them and truly understand their powers. You will have the chance to ask questions and get to know your local herbalist too.
The pace of the walk will be a gentle stroll and it is suitable for all ages. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-annual-herb-walk-2019-tickets-46237054274 for tickets

Stepney City Farm May Day Festival

Monday 6 May, 10am-5pm

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

Our second large-scale May Day Festival is supported by the Tower Hamlets Event Fund, and will feature sheep shearing, wool spinning, natural fabric dyeing demos, May Pole dancing, Barn dancing, food from local chefs, and open studios from our resident artists. A market for local design-makers will also feature fused glass, ceramics, screen prints, jewellery, up-cycled textiles, eco-resin pots, oil paintings, illustrations, home-wares, and more.
Plus, we’ll be celebrating a very special birthday – 2019 marks 40 years since a Farm was first founded on our site in Stepney! Free entry, open 10am-5pm
See http://stepneycityfarm.org/at-the-farm/whats-on/ for more details

Capital Growth Training in May

Designing your food garden, Wednesday 8th May, 6pm. The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, NW1 4NR

Yoga & mindfulness for gardeners: Sustainable gardening for the body, mind and world. Sunday 12th May, 10.30am. Cody Dock,  Newham E16 4TL

Practical batik: The art of dyeing fabric using natural garden plants. Wed 15th May, 6pm. The Skip Garden,  Kings Cross N1C 4DB

An introduction to beekeeping. Saturday 18th May, 10:30am. Sydenham Gardens, SE23 4AB

Beginners botany for food growers Thursday 23rd May, 6pm. Edible Landscapes London, Finsbury Park N4 1BX

Social and therapeutic horticulture Wednesday 29th May,  6pm. Sydenham Garden Resource Centre, SE23 4AB

More information and links to booking pages here https://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

CTRLshift: An Emergency Summit for Change

Thursday 9th to Friday 10th May

Potbank Hotel/Spode Works, Stoke-on-Trent (good train links)

The second CTRLshift Summit is taking place in Stoke on Trent in May 2019, co-organised by the Permaculture Association. CTRLshift seeks to catalyse a network of change-making organisations, networks and independent practitioners, to work together to form a broad campaign for positive social, economic and environmental change. Our purpose is to create the spaces where we can ‘shape our future together’ locally, regionally and nationally. For more information head to www.ctrlshiftsummit.org.uk

Gardening with Nature Practical session

Friday 10th May, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

In this session we’ll be applying aerated compost tea, making comfrey tea, planting out tubers, tying in climbers and potting up plants for the nursery. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Gardening Club at Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden

Saturdays 11th, 18th, 25th May, 10.30am-12pm

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

Come and join us for our weekly sessions in the garden and learn about how to grow and maintain a permaculture, wildlife-friendly, ecological and edible 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.
In May we will be harvesting for herbal teas, growing from cuttings, making nettle and comfrey teas, planting seeds and potting on, setting up irrigation, mulching, tying in climbers and learning about the plants in the garden. Let us know you’re coming by emailing jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk

Permablitz at Northwick Park

Sunday 12th May, 10am-5.30pm

Northwick Park, Harrow, North-west London

This is the first of a series of permablitzes to plant a food forest in Northwick Park. The park consists mainly of grass with sports fields filling a large area of the space. Brent Council has given permission for an area of the park to be turned into a food forest with a forest garden structure that will provide harvests of fruit, berries, leaves, shoots, tubers and mushrooms for people who use the park. Northwick Park Community Garden is running the project so come and join them.
We will be clearing grass by turning the turf over before planting and mulching heavily to retain moisture during the summer months. There will be mini-workshops on the design for the food forest, the importance of mulching and inoculating with mycorrhizal fungi.

RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers for lunch, which is provided, and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

Permablitz at Reay School

Sunday 19th May, 10am-5.30pm

Oval, South London

This is the final in a series of permablitzes to create a sensory-edible garden for children aged 3-11 years. We will be planting up the pond, creating a herb spiral and adding plants that will provide a sensory experience for the children and nectar for bees and butterflies. We will welcome adults and children – the more the merrier.
There will be mini-workshops on building a herb spiral, choosing pond plants to create a healthy pond and explaining the overall design.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers for lunch, which is provided, and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

Three Acres And A Cow

Tuesday 21st May, 7pm

St. Margaret’s House Hall, 21 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PL

‘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. Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations. Featuring Robin Grey and Kat Hallewell, see http://threeacresandacow.co.uk/ for more information.

‘The Gleaners and I’ – Film Screening

Wednesday 22nd May, 5pm-7pm

Sutton Community Farm, 40a Telegraph Track, Wallington, London SM6 0SH

Screening of the beautiful French documentary by Agnes Varda.The film tracks a series of gleaners as they hunt for food, knicknacks, thrown away items, and personal connection. The film spends time capturing the many aspects of gleaning and the many people who glean to survive.This film screening is free to attend, but you will need to book to come by emailing sonia@suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk so we can make sure we have enough chairs and enough popcorn! See http://suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk/events/the-gleaners-and-i-film-screening-wednesday-22nd-may-2019/ for more details.

Gardening with Nature Practical session

Friday 24th May, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

In this session we’ll be planting out annual plants that will provide nectar for bees and butterflies, planting seeds for microgreens, pruning flowering plants (giving the ‘Chelsea Chop’) and applying comfrey tea. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Forthcoming Events

Permablitz at Glengall Wharf Gardens

Sunday 2nd June, 10am-5.30pm

Old Kent Road, South-East London

Come along to Glengall Wharf Gardens, a large community garden that is registered as a Permaculture LAND project just off the Old Kent Road in one of the most densely populated boroughs of the UK. The garden is growing on the site of an old wharf that once sat alongside a canal, so there is very limited soil. This permablitz is going to work on the six-year old forest garden, and on the hugels that have been built on top of the concrete (hugels are raised growing mounds that have rotting wood at their heart and more will be explained about them at the permablitz). We will be clearing and planting in both areas.

There will be mini-workshops that explain hugel beds, the forest garden structure and an explanation of the unusual edible plants in the forest garden. We’ll also talk about how the soil has been developed in the forest garden.

RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers for lunch, which is provided, and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

Permaculture Magazine Prize 2019

Are you a Permaculture project or community? Then why not submit an entry to the £25,000 Permaculture Prize 2019, read all about it here: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/permaculture-magazine-prize-2019 we want to highlight and support the best projects worldwide. Entries now open, please share today.

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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