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November 2017 London Permaculture News

Diploma Gathering

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November

Conwy Youth Hostel, Larkhill Sychnant Pass Road, Conwy, North Wales LL32 8AJ

Got a PDC and want to see what the Diploma is all about? Perhaps you registered a while ago but haven’t really got going yet? Feeling a bit stuck? Book now for a brilliant weekend in North Wales with others on their Diploma pathway.

For more information,including prices and booking see https://www.permaculture.org.uk/diploma-gathering-nov-2017

Take Back The Power: The Future of Food In Britain

Friday 3rd November, 7pm

Covent Garden, London WC2E 8BE

With Colin Tudge (The Campaign for Real Farming); Harry Boglione (Haye Farm – Organic Farmer & Slow Food Movement); Tracy Worcester (Farms Not Factories); Karen Luyckx (Feedback – The Pig Idea). Why is there deprivation in a sea of plenty? Why is there environmental degradation when we can exist in harmony with the land? Why have we handed power over our individual and planetary health and nourishment to corporations who care only for short-term goals and profits? Join Advaya Initiative for a solution orientated panel discussion and Q&A exploring the current state of the food industry. More details and bookings : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/take-back-the-power-the-future-of-food-in-britain-tickets-38707123047?aff=es2

Pruning fruit trees and bushes

Saturday 4th November, 10:30am-1pm

Oasis Nature Garden, Larkhall Lane, London SW4 6RJ

The team at Oasis Nature Garden will be taking you on a tour of this amazing space in the heart of Stockwell with woods, meadow, vegetable patch and ponds and orchard to explore and learn about the techniques needed to prune your own fruit trees and bushes properly and safely. Organised by Capital Growth. For all our coming training sessions please visit: http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Sewn Seeds: Contemporary Dance & Visual Arts Exhibition

Sunday 5th November, 1pm and Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November

hARTslane, 17 Harts Lane, New Cross Gate SE14 5UP

SEWN SEEDS is a community inclusive and engaging event, exploring permaculture through art. The event will include a children’s art
recycling workshop on Sunday 5th November, and over the weekend of 10th-12 November an exhibition and performances, and a free introduction to permaculture with Tish Vail from Social Landscapes. For more information see http://www.projectdirt.com/apps/event/49122/

Carpentry workshop

Tuesday 7th November 10am-2pm

Glengall Wharf Gardens, 64 Glengall Road, Peckham, London SE15 6NF, (East end of Burgess Park)

Come and help us build a garden structure and learn some useful skills along the way. No skills needed!
More info: https://burgessparkfoodproject.org.uk/

Tonics & Teas: Fermentation workshop with Rachel de Thample

Thursday 9th November , 6pm-9pm

Jenius Social, Studio 8, The Islington Studios, 6 Hornsey Street, London N7 8GR

Tonics and teas have long been hailed as remedies for all manner of ailments and illnesses, and for their amazing health benefits. In this session you’ll learn to make drinks to fight colds, balance your gut flora, boost your immune system, and feel ready to take on the world. Your ticket includes a light, vegan supper of soup and sourdough. Organised by Capital Growth. For all our coming training sessions please visit: http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Eva’s Permablitz

Saturday 11th November, 10am-5pm

Maryland, East London

Come and join us for the first stage in the transformation of Eva’s garden to create a low-maintenance, perennial garden designed according to a modified forest garden. We will be creating benches from recycled pallets for the patio area, felting wool to create cushions for the benches and laying down a lasagne mulch in the front garden in preparation for planting in the spring. There will be mini-workshops on dismantling pallets for recycling, making felt from sheep’s wool and the benefits of a lasagne mulch.
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 11th November – Sunday 12th 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! For more information and booking see http://www.sunrisepermaculture.org.uk/portfolio/introduction-to-permaculture/

Mycology and Mushrooms – weekend course

Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 November, 9:30am–5:30pm

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

Mushrooms have been growing wild since prehistoric times. Their therapeutic value has been prized in numerous cultures, for thousands of years. In the past few decades, mushrooms have become even more popular for their therapeutic qualities in the west as a result of an expanding body of scientific research supporting their numerous health benefits. Come and join us for a weekend of Mushroom Foraging & Cultivation For Beginners. More information at https://www.organiclea.org.uk/2017/10/mushroom-cultivation-3/

Increasing our impact as changemakers

Sunday 12th November, 2pm-5pm

The Hive, 260-264 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DG

How to increase your impact as a changemaker? Are you concerned about what’s happening in the world today? Wanting to change things but don’t know how? Or working for change but feeling overwhelmed, burnt out or not sure of the best approach? If so this event is for you! More info and booking https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/increasing-our-impact-as-changemakers-tickets-39036094008

London Permaculture Network Autumn Meeting

Thursday 16th November, 6:30pm

Lucas Arms, 245A Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8QY

Come along to our autumn meeting, and help us plan our work in 2018, and how we can further develop the network. The agenda will include: the London Permaculture Festival, Project Dirt permaculture cluster, e-newsletter, interactive map, social media and introduction to London permaculture meetings.  If there are other items you would like added to the agenda please email the chair, Kayode, at info@londonpermaculture.com

Three Acres And A Cow, A History of Land Rights and Protest in Folk Song and Story

Saturday 18th November, 7pm

The Old School Rooms, 2 Powerscroft Road, Hackney, London, E5 0PU

Part TED-talk, part sing-along, part storytelling, here is a tale that connects the Norman Conquest, the Peasants’ Revolt, and the Industrial Revolution with numerous related contemporary events and issues. A chance to share in tales, songs, and feelings that have been shared for centuries. Three Acres and a Cow is performed by storyeller and performance artist Rachel Rose Reid, social historian and folk musician Robin Grey, and special guests. Find out more about us at http://www.threeacresandacow.co.uk/

The London Upcycling Show

Sunday 19th November, 11am-3pm

Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Road, E17 4JF

As part of European Week for Waste Reduction 2017, we will be holding our second London Upcycling Show. There will be lots to see and do, so come along to be inspired, get new ideas and have a go at upcycling. The event also sees winners announced for our north London upcycling competition. Residents, families or community groups were invited to upcycle a piece of furniture to be in with a chance to win vouchers for DIY stores. More details and registration at http://www.wiseuptowaste.org.uk/community/events/event/2017/11/19/the-london-upcycling-show

Roots to Work Event

Thursday 23rd November, 9:30am-4:30pm

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

A day of workshops, speakers and networking opportunities for people interested in kick-starting or developing a food-growing enterprise or career. Whether you’re running a school garden and want to learn more about selling to parents and the community, or you’ve just finished a horticulture training course and are ready to find paid work, there is something for you to dig in with at Roots to Work. Workshops will cover income generation, freelancing and more. for more details see http://www.capitalgrowth.org/getconnected/

Cat’s Permablitz

Sunday 26th November, 10am-5pm

Ladywell, South-East London

This is going to be the first phase permablitz to transform Cat’s back garden into a space for growing fruit and veg, medicinal herbs and bee-friendly flowers according to a modified forest garden design. It will also be a space where her daughter can enjoy playing outside as well as a space to share with friends and family. We will be starting the project by creating planters for herbs using old scaffolding boards and laying down a lasagne mulch to prepare the soil for planting in spring. There will be mini-workshops on how to design planters with water saving elements, how to deal with perennial plants that overtaken a space and the benefits of creating a lasagne mulch.
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

13th International Permaculture Convergence – IPCINDIA2017

Conference: 25th Nov – 26th November. Convergence: 27th November- 2nd December

Hyderabad, India

The IPC is a unique event where the international permaculture community meets once every two years. Two day Conference: “Towards Healthy Societies” with a special emphasis on women as agents of change in building sustainable communities. Convergence: It is a five day residential, experiential learning forum where permaculture practitioners and designers from all over the world come together to hold and attend workshops, learn, interact, engage and connect more deeply with each other. It will be held on a relatively new permaculture farm, where we are going to demonstrate many live land systems. Please visit http://ipcindia2017.org/ for more details.

Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS) Lecture Series

Monday evenings 6 – 7 pm (please arrive by 5:45pm) throughout November and December

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

KMIS provides a season of horticultural lectures for the benefit of Kew students, staff and the public. Lecture seasons have occurred annually since the KMIS was established in 1871. Each season begins in autumn and runs until Easter the following year. Lectures are preceded by short items of interest, given by Kew staff and students or members of the public. The main lecture lasts about 45 minutes. Tickets are sold on the evening (we are unable to take advance bookings).
Monday 6 November, 6pm – Using every opportunity to cultivate, record and conserve
Monday 13 November, 6pm – Searching for passion flowers in South America
Monday 20 November, 6pm – Hillier Gardens through the seasons
Monday 27 November, 6pm – Conifers of the Pacific Northwest and the Botanical Wonders of Malaysian Borneo
Monday 4 December, 6pm – Before roots, shoots and leaves – the early evolution of plants
Monday 11 December, 6pm – The art of creative pruning
For more information see https://www.kew.org/kmis

Cafe Cairo

Thursday 30th November, 7:30pm

88 Landor Road,  Stockwell, London SW9

Every last Thursday of the month is South London Permaculture Cinema at Cafe Cairo. Doors open at 7pm, the evenings flow can be viewed on www.facebook.com/BrixtonEdge. Showing Eco films for change, promoting permaculture action in London, facilitated by Lola an evolving permaculture artist. Entry is free so what are you waiting for? The  30th of Novembers event is the last one of the year so we will be celebrating!

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

Winter Pruning Course

Saturday 9th December 10am – 3pm

Alara Wholefoods, 110 Camley St, London N1C 4PW
Join The Orchard Project for an introduction to fruit tree pruning in one of London’s most urban of orchards at Alara Wholefoods, Camden. The workshop will cover both formative and remedial pruning on apples, pears, medlars and quince trees ranging from 4-8 years old. Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/winter-pruning-course-tickets-27813352486


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

Cecil Sharp House, Camden NW1
Come and volunteer at the permaculture LAND (Learning and Network Demonstration site) project at Cecil Sharp House. Weekly volunteering sessions
Email csh-landproject@permablitzlondon.com

Organic Lea – Hawkwood Plant Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH.  Organiclea hold Open Days at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery on the last Sunday of each month 12pm – 4pm. Just show up and join in. Regular volunteer days at Hawkwood are Wednesdays and Fridays 11am-4pm, and Tuesday afternoons 1.30-4pm. New volunteers are asked to join a volunteer induction, on the 1st Wednesday or 3rd Friday of every month. Check the website for more information including induction dates, www.organiclea.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/

Urban Orchard Project – Londonwide. There are loads of events happening each month that you can help out with, check out their website for up-to-date info: http://www.theurbanorchardproject.org/

Edible Landscapes Finsbury Park N4. Volunteers can turn up on any of our regular days – Mondays and Fridays, 10-3 – and receive informal training – no experience necessary – just turn up – all welcome – shared lunch at 1pm.  www.ediblelandscapeslondon.org.uk
The Meadow Orchard Crouch End, N8. Every Saturday 11-4pm  workday to care for the site, garden, orchard and wildlife meadow, plus an Eco-building session. Variable depending on leaders availability so check website for details: www.meadoworchard.org
Burgess Park Food Project. Weekly open sessions :
General garden volunteering ~ every Sunday from 12 – 4pm
Herb Tuesdays, gardening for well being ~ every Tuesday 11 – 4pm, shared lunch at 1pm.
Grown in Peckham ~ growing to sell ~ every Thursday 11 – 4pm, shared lunch at 1pm.



December 2017 London Permaculture News

Winter Pruning Currants

Friday 8th December, 11:30am-12:30pm

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

Come along to this free workshop to learn how to winter prune blackcurrants, redcurrants and whitecurrants to keep them healthy and cropping well. This is a hands-on session with tools provided. You can join us for a shared lunch afterwards – bring a packed lunch. To register please email katherine@forestfarmpeacegarden.org to let us know you are coming.

Winter Pruning Course

Saturday 9th December 10am – 3pm

Alara Wholefoods, 110 Camley St, London N1C 4PW
Join The Orchard Project for an introduction to fruit tree pruning in one of London’s most urban of orchards at Alara Wholefoods, Camden. The workshop will cover both formative and remedial pruning on apples, pears, medlars and quince trees ranging from 4-8 years old. Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/winter-pruning-course-tickets-27813352486

Special General Meeting of the London Permaculture Network

Sunday 10th December, 3pm-4pm

Lucas Arms, 245a Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8QY

The London Permaculture Network is having a special general meeting on Sunday 10th December to discuss and decide on proposals about how best to move forward with the London Permaculture Festival.

Having just had its successful 8th year, the London Permaculture Festival now has a steady 700 people coming for the day at Cecil Sharp House, Camden. It holds over 25 workshops and attracts many new people to the Introduction to Permaculture workshops that run throughout the day. The stalls market operates according to a ‘cake currency’ where stalls can be booked in return for 2 cakes that are then sold on the highly successful tea and cake stall, raising money for the festival. We have a ‘Families at the Festival’ section, with activities for children of all ages including storytelling, face painting, planting seeds, nature art and hunting for mini-beasts in the Cecil Sharp House garden.

The garden at Cecil Sharp House, the Grade II listed headquarters of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), is a Permaculture LAND project and has won Camden in Bloom Best Business Garden three times. A reciprocal relationship has developed where, in return for the work in establishing and maintaining the award winning garden, Cecil Sharp House/EFDSS offer the venue for free for the festival.

Until this year the festival has been organised under the London Permaculture Network, which is an unincorporated association. Legal advice has highlighted the fact that organising an event of this size under the remit of an unincorporated association leaves the organisers open to personal liability. Lawyers have recommended we change the structure that organises the festival to a Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee. This Peoplecare approach would ensure limited liability for the organisers so the festival can be organised without putting those who deliver it at personal risk. More generally, a Community Interest Company (CIC) is a permaculture-compatible body required to demonstrate community benefit that also has a clear legal framework for its activities. It is overseen by the Department of Business, Innovation, Enterprise and Skills. Annual accounts have to be filed with Companies House and are publicly available.

Therefore, this special general meeting will discuss and decide on proposals to organise the London Permaculture Festival as a Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee, leaving the London Permaculture Network as an unincorporated association that continues to develop and encourage the application of permaculture within and around London and in particular to promote and support the distributed network of permaculture projects and associated work in the region.

Hackney Herbal DIY Xmas Present: Herbal Cosmetics Workshop

Saturday 16th December, 2pm-4:30pm

Proud East, 2-10 Hertford Rd, London N1 5ET

Join us for a hands-on session where we will be showing you how to make your own herbal Christmas presents. The workshop will talk you through the basics of how we turn herbs into simple natural products. You will learn how to make a calendula infused lip balm, a personalised bath salt soak and a fragrance spray with herbs and essential oils. You’ll take home a set of goodies to give as a unique gift or keep for yourself. More information and booking at http://www.hackneyherbal.com/workshops/

Christmas at London’s City Farms

Hackney City Farm Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday 9th December, 12pm-4pm

Hackney City Farm, 1a Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA

See http://hackneycityfarm.co.uk/ for more information

Christmas at Mudchute

Saturday 9th December,11am-4pm

Mudchute Park & Farm, Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3HP

Join us meet Father Christmas, the lighting of our Christmas tree, santas Grotto, kids workshops, donkey and fairground rides, and more festive fun! For more information see https://www.mudchute.org/news/christmas-at-mudchute-saturday-9-december

Christmas Fayre at Kentish Town City Farm

Sunday 10th December, 12pm-4pm

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

Join us for our annual winter festivity with Pony Rides, Santa’s Grotto, goat grooming, games, tombola, delicious cakes & bakes, mulled wine, music, young farmers in elf costumes and good cheer! You can buy bargain Christmas gifts in our Auction and KTCF Christmas Cards featuring favourite farm animals. Come early to see Santa arriving on horseback. Everybody welcome! More information at http://ktcityfarm.org.uk/whats-on/

Christmas Market at Stepney City Farm

Friday 15 & Saturday 16 December – 10am-6pm

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

Join us for a two-day seasonal celebration of food, drink and local craft this December. With 25 stalls, entertainment, and our cosy re-vamped Café where you can relax with a glass of mulled wine, there’ll be something here for everyone. Full schedule at http://stepneycityfarm.org/at-the-farm/christmas-market-2017/

Santas Lunchtime Party at Deen City Farm

Saturday 16th December, 1.00pm

Deen City Farm, 39 Windsor Avenue, Morden, London SW19 2RR

Are you aged between 3 – 7 years? Come and join Santa at his Christmas Lunch Party. Entrance is by ticket only and includes: Santa’s Christmas lunchbox, meet Santa, present from Santa, christmas games and crafts, visit from some Farm Furries. Bookable online at https://www.deencityfarm.co.uk/. Santa will also be in his Grotto eagerly awaiting to meet the children and hear their Christmas wishes on: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December – 11.00 am – 1.00pm & 2.00 – 4.00pm Saturday 16th December 10.00am – 12.00pm only Sunday 17th December – 11.00 am – 1.00pm & 2.00 – 4.00pm Entrance: £3.00 per child including present from Santa

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

Certificate in Community Orcharding

Friday 12th January, 9:30am-4:30pm

Islington, London

Come on our exciting new course and learn everything you need to know about managing community orchards from our team of experienced orchardists. We will teach on 12 Fridays over 6 months, giving you a wonderful opportunity to learn a wide range of seasonally appropriate skills. The course is reasonably priced and two people can pay by volunteering – please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. More info: https://www.theorchardproject.org.uk/events/cico/


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

Cecil Sharp House, Camden NW1
Come and volunteer at the permaculture LAND (Learning and Network Demonstration site) project at Cecil Sharp House. Weekly volunteering sessions
Email csh-landproject@permablitzlondon.com

Organic Lea – Hawkwood Plant Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH.  Organiclea hold Open Days at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery on the last Sunday of each month 12pm – 4pm. Just show up and join in. Regular volunteer days at Hawkwood are Wednesdays and Fridays 11am-4pm, and Tuesday afternoons 1.30-4pm. New volunteers are asked to join a volunteer induction, on the 1st Wednesday or 3rd Friday of every month. Check the website for more information including induction dates, www.organiclea.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/

Urban Orchard Project – Londonwide. There are loads of events happening each month that you can help out with, check out their website for up-to-date info: http://www.theurbanorchardproject.org/

Edible Landscapes Finsbury Park N4. Volunteers can turn up on any of our regular days – Mondays and Fridays, 10-3 – and receive informal training – no experience necessary – just turn up – all welcome – shared lunch at 1pm.  www.ediblelandscapeslondon.org.uk
The Meadow Orchard Crouch End, N8. Every Saturday 11-4pm  workday to care for the site, garden, orchard and wildlife meadow, plus an Eco-building session. Variable depending on leaders availability so check website for details: www.meadoworchard.org
Burgess Park Food Project. Weekly open sessions :
General garden volunteering ~ every Sunday from 12 – 4pm
Herb Tuesdays, gardening for well being ~ every Tuesday 11 – 4pm, shared lunch at 1pm.
Grown in Peckham ~ growing to sell ~ every Thursday 11 – 4pm, shared lunch at 1pm.



January 2018 London Permaculture News

All about leaf mould and its benefits for a permaculture garden

Sunday 7th January, 1pm-5pm

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

Gardening with Nature training sessions in the Cecil Sharp House Garden
Leaves from deciduous trees are a significant resource for a permaculture garden. Come and find out about the benefits of leaf mould and how to make it. The session will be a mixture of theory and practical work in the permaculture garden. Tickets cost £6. To book tickets click here: https://billetto.co.uk/e/all-about-leaf-mould-and-its-benefits-for-a-permaculture-garden-tickets-250457
This is part of a series of sessions taking place through the year for people who want to learn more about plants and the practicalities of taking care of them in a permaculture garden. If you would like to become a regular volunteer at the garden email: csh-landproject@permablitzlondon.com

Job opportunity! Work with the Ecological Land Cooperative in Brighton

closing date Monday 15th January

The Ecological Land Cooperative (ELC) is a social enterprise based in Brighton, East Sussex. They exist to create affordable access to land for new entrants to ecological agriculture and mixed farming. They are currently recruiting for two exciting new roles in the cooperative.

Fundraiser – 3 days per week
Membership and Engagement Manager – 2 days per week

Both jobs offer the opportunity to work flexible hours during the week and be a part of our committed team.
Visit http://www.ecologicalland.coop/working-with-us for more information and details of how to make an application. Closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 15th January 2018.

Winter care for edible perennials in a permaculture garden

Sunday 21st January, 1pm-5pm

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

Gardening with Nature training sessions in the Cecil Sharp House Garden
Come and find out what you need to do in winter to prepare perennials for the best start in spring. Cecil Sharp House permaculture LAND project has a selection of edible perennials and in this training session you can find out what they are and how to take care of them in winter. The session will be a mixture of theory and practical work in the permaculture garden. Tickets cost £6.

To book tickets click here: https://billetto.co.uk/e/winter-care-for-edible-perennials-in-a-permaculture-garden-tickets-250459
This is part of a series of sessions taking place through the year for people who want to learn more about plants and the practicalities of taking care of them in a permaculture garden. If you would like to become a regular volunteer at the garden email: csh-landproject@permablitzlondon.com

2-day Introduction to Permaculture

27th and 28th January

Treadwell, 5 Tredwell Close London, SW2 3TL

Learn the basics of Permaculture Design on this two-day Introduction to Permaculture and be ready to try it out in your garden, your workplace and your life. This course introduces the basics of Permaculture and shows how this fascinating design methodology can profoundly change the way we look at the world and engage in it. The course gives participants an understanding of the diverse uses and applications of Permaculture Design and its immense potential of turning scarcity into abundance. For more info see http://www.sociallandscapes.co.uk/events/2018/1/27-tread-well-on-earth-2-day-introduction-to-permaculture

Deep Ecology Evening at Treadwell

Tuesday 30th January, 6:30pm-9:00pm

Treadwell, 5 Tredwell Close London, SW2 3TL

On this occasion we will use a variety of interactive and participatory exercises, mainly drawn from Joanna Macy’s work, to explore our connection to each other and the world around us – what is it that makes us come alive, what is our common humanity, what is the state of the world and how do we relate to it, what is our response and how can we use challenges as opportunities to come together and celebrate the life we have? See http://www.sociallandscapes.co.uk/events/2018/1/30/deep-ecology-evening-at-treadwell for more info

Winter Pruning Workshops

All over London, throughout January

Help manage community orchards with a team of experienced orchardists. Local pruning workshops throughout January all over London.

  • Pruning Workshop Waltham Abbey, 10th January 2018, Waltham Abbey Gardens
  • Veteran Orchard Pruning – Redbridge, Thursday 18th January 10-2.30pm, Hainault Lodge Orchard
  • Pruning Workshop Highbury, 20th January, Olden Gardens
  • Winter Tree Pruning Workshop – Se London, Sunday 21st January 11-3pm, Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses – followed by Wassail
  • Froebels Pruning Workshop – Sw London, Wednesday 24th January 11-3pm, Roehampton University
  • Pruning Workshop Epsom & Ewell, 25th January, Horton country park, Epsom and Ewell
  • High Elms Pruning – SE London, Saturday 27th January 10-2pm, Beeche Urchard, High Elms Country Park
  • Veteran Pruning Workshop- SE London, Sunday 28th January 10-2pm, Dawsons Hill Orchard
  • Pruning Workshop Harrow, 31st January 2018 10 – 3pm, Old Redding-Harrow & Wealdstone

For more details see: https://www.theorchardproject.org.uk/events/

Tyre Furniture Crowdfunding Page


Relaunching our Tyre Furniture crowdfunding page. We are working towards running our next Tyre Furniture training project in Kenya 2018. Please read about the upcoming project and support and share our crowdfunder with friends and people who would be interested to sponsor the tools donations and training or have any tools to donate themselves. For cash donations there are some nice perks such as tyre furniture made by us and gifts from the communities we visit to those who have helped us on our way.
For people able to donate tools: here is a list of what we are looking for:

  • Stanley knives and blades
  • Chordless drills with good working batteries and charger
  • Drill bits 6mm/ 8mm
  • spanners 8 and 10
  • Dry wall screws ( black)
  • Hacksaws and blades
  • Phillips screwdrivers

If you are able to donate tools, please PM us on Tyre Furniture Skills Facebook page

https://chuffed.org/project/tyre-furniture-africa
https://www.facebook.com/Tyre-Furniture-Skills-1789001201322299/

Forest Farm Peace Garden is looking for new buddy volunteers to join our team!

Becoming a buddy is an opportunity to gain skills and hands-on experience in support work and therapeutic gardening. Our ecotherapy programme is structured for people with low-level mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, isolation and low self-esteem. Buddy volunteers provide additional support to people referred to our service, assisting them with gardening tasks, as well as helping with the general running of the ecotherapy sessions. Buddies can make a huge impact to their wellbeing by helping to make their experience in the garden welcoming and purposeful.

We provide two days free training on Friday 9 & 16 February. If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer buddy please read the role description and complete the short application form on our website here. The closing date for applications is Friday 2 February 2018. After completion of the training, successful applicants are required to undertake an enhanced DBS check arranged by FFPG. Please contact Fran Reeves, our Ecotherapy worker, if you would like to find out more about being a buddy on: mobile 07525 125057, email fran@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

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

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 3rd February to Sunday 4th February

Arc Hall, Hoathly Hill Community, West Hoathly, Sussex RH194SJ

The Introduction to Permaculture is a weekend course giving you an overview of permaculture, its key design tools, case studies of permaculture people and places and some practical activities. You have the opportunity to try out permaculture design tools on a project of your choice: here you will have design support and go away with your first permaculture design. After this course, you are ready to get started in permaculture! See http://www.sunrisepermaculture.org.uk/portfolio/introduction-to-permaculture/ for details.

Winter care for fruit trees in a permaculture garden

Sunday 4th February, 1pm-5pm

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

Gardening with Nature training sessions in the Cecil Sharp House Garden
The fruit trees at Cecil Sharp House Permaculture garden are grown with plants around their base that will support their needs. Come and find out what they are and the maintenance that is required during winter to ensure the best start for the plants in spring. The session will be a mixture of theory and practical work in the permaculture garden. £6.

To book tickets click here: https://billetto.co.uk/e/winter-care-for-fruit-trees-in-a-permaculture-garden-tickets-250460
This is part of a series of sessions taking place through the year for people who want to learn more about plants and the practicalities of taking care of them in a permaculture garden. If you would like to become a regular volunteer at the garden email:  csh-landproject@permablitzlondon.com


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 Christmas/New Year 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
Herb Tuesdays, gardening for well being ~ every Tuesday 10 – 2pm, shared lunch at 1pm.
Grown in Peckham ~ growing to sell ~ every Thursday 11.30 – 2:30pm, shared lunch at 1pm.
Kingston Permaculture Reserve  Maintenance and harvesting according to the time of year last Sunday of the month and other occasions. Check our Facebook group for details. Website: www.kpr2016.wordpress.com



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