2012 Green Fair

Permaculture Zone at the London Green Fair

9/10 June, Regent’s Park – FREE

 Permaculture thinking can help us through the maze of living sustainably on the planet.

 This year we have all sorts of things planned including 3 workshop spaces 

based around the Permaculture Ethics of EarthCare, PeopleCare & FairShares.

 

Saturday

Earthcare

Space

Peoplecare

Dome

Fairshare

Marquee

1pm

Creating urban meadows in the wild city with Kathryn Lwin (River of Flowers)

 

Natural parenting: Thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children with Nicola Baird

Can Permaculture Design help us become green entrepreneurs? Stories and examples of new enterprise with Maddy Harland

2pm

Introduction to Permaculture: transforming your garden and much more with Hedvig Murray

Creating an empathic and satisfying workplace with Nonviolent Communication (NVC) skills with Ruud Baanders

Wild Law UK with Linda Siegele

 

3pm

Urban Forest Gardening with Claire White

 

Holding both despair and hope – ecopsychology with Debbie Warrener

The City Blockas a potential unit of urban Permaculture design with Matt Morton (GaiaVeda)

4pm

Introduction to Permaculture: transforming your garden and much more with Hedvig Murray

Introduction to Metta Meditation with Chris Baugh

Creating Zero Food Waste heroes in London with Chris Wilkie (Plan Zheroes)

5pm

Yields for the future: the orchardisation of the capital with Lewis McNeill (London Orchard Project).

Introduction to Permaculture with Cinzia & Paulette

SADIM & Facilitation: Design Decisions by Consent with Louis Loizou from DecisionLab

6pm

Getting to know your Soil with Dave Hamilton

Plant Medicine: our co-evolution with plants with Nicole Freris

Earthy Wisdom – Reconnecting to our Earth Path with Hearthland

 

Sunday

Earthcare

Space

Peoplecare

Dome

Fairshare

Marquee

1pm

Growing in small spaces: tricks of the trade with Martina Dervis

 

Low Impact Health Solutions with Caroline Gaskin

Permaculture For Children (6-10 years) with the Children’s Permaculture Collective (CPC).

2pm

Forest Gardening for the city with Kevin Mascarenhas

People & Permaculture with Looby Macnamara

Finance Otherwise with Lil from LCNC

3pm

Introduction to Permaculture with Alexis Rowell

Caring for your Inner Garden with Andi Whitaker

Simon Fairlie discusses his book ‘Meat’

4pm

What is biodynamics and what has it got to do with Permaculture? with Nir Halfon

Home Education: What it is and how does it work? With Leslie Barson from LCNC

Designing your permaculture diploma with Hedvig Murray

5pm

Well-being in Deep Nature with Andy McGeeney

Introduction to Metta Meditation with Chris Baugh

Introduction to Transition Towns with Alexis Rowell

6pm

An introduction to the spirit of Permaculture & forest gardening with Rakesh


Talkin’ bout Wwoof with James Dennis

Sustaination : Creating resilient local food systems with Francesca Morgante

 

Saturday – PeopleCare Dome

 

1pm

Natural parenting: Thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children with Nicola Baird

 

Modern living offers convenience, and as parents we need all the help we can get. Food is produced in abundance, and clothes are cheap enough for us to use and discard. But is it necessary to be so wasteful? And is this really how we want to raise our children? Nicola Baird, mum of two, has tips, inspirational ideas, practical advice and a need for your experience to make your home a more healthy, energy-efficient environment. Thinking about babycare, toddlers and bigger kids – especially ways to tackle consumer and peer pressure.

 

Nicola Baird blogs on thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise your child at http://homemadekids.wordpress.com. She also explores how to travel the world without leaving the UK (clever eh?!) at http://aroundbritainnoplane.blogspot.com

 

Recommended book – Homemade Kids by Nicola Baird

 

www.nicolabaird.com http://homemadekids.wordpress.com

 

2pm

Creating an empathic and satisfying workplace with Nonviolent Communication (NVC) skills with Ruud Baanders

 

You will experience some of the skills and the awareness that the process of nonviolent communication (NVC) offers to work together humanely & collaboratively. Working together whether in the profit, non-profit, voluntary or charity sector, brings up a range of motivations, working styles and emotions. NVC supports individuals and groups to express themselves honestly and respectfully, to be Real and not just Nice. In this workshop you will learn to make a difference in understanding how to connect with what is important to you, how to express it and how to listen to others.

 

Ruud Baanders is a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and runs public workshops and works with organisations (profit, non-profit, voluntary or charity sector). He developed Empathy@Work, an approach to create an atmosphere of willingness, where staff is motivated to share their passion and to unleash their creativity, where everybody is willing to give and receive honest feedback for the purpose of learning and growing. He has been practicing Zen for over 20 years, is a certified coach, qualified in Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Ken Blanchard’s High Performance Team process, and certified Be The Change facilitator.

 

Recommended book – Speaking Peace in a World of Conflict by Marshall Rosenberg

 

www.themindfulorganization.com www.green-ostrich.com http://nvc-uk.ning.com

 

3pm

Holding both despair and hope – ecopsychology taster workshop  with Debbie Warrener

 

Environmental activism and awareness of the challenges humanity currently faces around environmental destruction and climate change can take its toll on us emotionally and energetically.  Deeply connecting with and sharing our experiences of these challenges as well as the overwhelm and sometimes despair, in safe spaces, can serve to resource, empower and strengthen us.  Ecopsychology provides structures and practices for this. One key element is to experience our fundamental interconnection with all of nature. Through ecopsychology perspectives and processes we can come to hold both humility and hope while acknowledging and acting on the challenges we collectively face.

 

Debbie Warrener is an experienced facilitator and coach as well as an artist and community activist. She currently facilitates an on-going ecopsychology group for Transition Town leaders from different initiatives in North London. This meets once a month and provides peer support and a space for leaders to share and reflect. She has also recently begun writing and performing on ecopsychology themes. Her next performance is ‘Edges of the Wild’ at Oxford House, Bethnal Green, on Thursday 5 July.
Recommended book: Active Hope, Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
www.catalysingchangeagents.com        http://transitionfinsburypark.org.uk/MacyMondays     www.joannamacy.net

 

4pm

Introduction to Metta Meditation with Chris Baugh

 

The session will be an introduction to metta or ‘loving kindness’ meditation, as practiced in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. We will begin with a short ‘body-scanning’ meditation, followed by a brief relaxation exercise, then progress on to the ‘loving-kindness’ meditation.

 

Chris Baugh will be guiding the session throughout. If there is time at the end, he will be happy to answer any participants’ questions and discuss anything that might have arisen from the session.

 

Recommended book – A Buddhist Reflects on Spirituality by Vijaya Samarawickrama

 

www.letchworthtemple.com www.londonbuddhistvihara.org www.amaravati.org

 

5pm

Introduction to Permaculture with Cinzia & Paulette

 

What is this Permaculture stuff anyway? This interactive workshop will give you a brief insight into the world of creatively solving the problems of building a sustainable future. If this sounds too good to be true the come along to this session to find out how thousands of people around the world are using permaculture ideas to change their world.

 

Recommended book – Permaculture in a Nutshell by Patrick Whitefield

 

www.LondonPermaculture.com

 

6pm

Plant Medicine: our co-evolution with plants with Nicole Freris

 

The use of plants as medicine predates our emergence as a species. Our journey on this planet has been a co-evolutionary dance with the plant kingdom. Plants build our bodies, heal our wounds and can help our souls to soar. Modern medicine’s attempt to disconnect itself from the plant kingdom has been in vain. This workshop will explore our relationship with the healing power of plants. We will look at ways of understanding this relationship, from folk law, plant biochemistry and energetics, hopefully stimulating curiosity and providing a guide map for further exploration of this vital connection.

 

Following my training as a General Practitioner, Nicole spent a decade working with indigenous people in the Brasilian Amazon. Returning to the UK, she immersed herself in Permaculture. The whole systems perspective permaculture has offered, shifted Nicole’s medical practice to take at its heart, plant medicine. She now works as a plant medicine practitioner, permaculture teacher and occasional GP.

 

Recommended reading – Culpeper’s Complete Herbal by Nicholas Culpeper

 

www.henriettesherbal.com

 

 

 

Saturday – Fairshares Marquee

 

 

1pm

Can Permaculture Design help us become green entrepreneurs? Stories and examples of new enterprise with Maddy Harland

 

Many people think of permaculture as a form of funky gardening but the ethics and design principles, based on natural systems, are life-changing and powerful. Maddy shares two decades of experience of designing and launching organisations, both commercial and non-profits, using permaculture and ask how we can all contribute more effectively to creating a better world?

 

Maddy co-founded Permanent Publications, a company dedicated to publishing low carbon solutions, in 1990. She became the editor of Permaculture Magazine in 1994 and was a co-founder the Sustainability Centre in 1995. In 2004, she co-founded of Gaia Education, an international educational organization teaching practical sustainable development all over the world that is endorsed by the UNESCO. Maddy‘s company has won many awards, notably a Queens Award for Enterprise in 2008 and she was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

 

www.permaculture.co.uk

 

2pm

Wild Law UK with Linda Siegele
We believe that Nature has inherent value and that to bring about Earth Justice, our legal systems must recognise the rights of Nature.

 

Two or more members of Wild Law UK will explain the concepts behind Wild Law, give a bit of history of Wild Law in the UK, set out Wild Law UK’s vision and mission and its activities – then lead a discussion on the subject.

 

Wild Law UK is a group of lawyers, activists, students, academics and others committed to securing laws that are for the Earth, not against it. In order to achieve this, the legal system must radically shift from being anthropocentric to being eco-centric in approach.

 

Recommended reading – Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice by Cormac Cullinan

 

www.wildlawuk.org

 

3pm

The City Block – Introducing the idea of looking at the city block as a potential unit of urban Permaculture design with Matt Morton (GaiaVeda)

 

City Block Permaculture explores the hidden resources of the Urban Landscape. Through recognition that nature is present in the built environment we can observe and thus mirror its propensity to share and redistribute resources- reducing waste, increasing yields and fostering community spirit. During this workshop we will facilitate a collective design exercise highlighting the benefits of using the ‘City Block’ as the unit of change for transition to a Low Carbon sustainable future.

 

Having studied Permaculture with Bill Mollison at the Permaculture Institute in Tyalgum, Matt Morton lived and worked there for a further 3 months before helping to develop IQ; a community permaculture centre in Byron Bay. Following his BSc in ecology and sustainable habitations at Oxford Brookes University he developed a system for managing garden ecology through the website www.ecocentrus.co.uk Matt has also run an ecological gardening company, taught Environmental Management & been a City Councillor in Oxford with the Green Party.

 

www.gaiaveda.co.uk www.ecocentrus.co.uk www.facebook.com/groups/272319152861226

 

4pm

Creating Zero Food Waste heroes in London with Chris Wilkie (Plan Zheroes)

 

We will explain how Plan Zheroes connects food businesses with surplus food to local charities that need it; how our interactive online food map can generate new ideas for diverting surplus food to people who really need it; explore solutions for overcoming some of the barriers, such as health and safety concerns.

 

Plan Zheroes is the latest initiative from the West London Citizens Greener Planet Action team. www.citizensuk.org/category/plan-zheroes/. We are a small but unstoppable team of volunteers, with a mission to inspire food businesses to donate their surplus food

 

Recommended book – Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal by Tristram Stuart

 

www.planzheroes.org www.facebook.com/planzheroes Twitter – @PlanZheroes

 

5pm

SADIM & Facilitation: Design Decisions by Consent with Louis Loizou from DecisionLab  

 

Permaculture designers work with the whole system, and include the needs of all components — including themselves.  We use SADIM to define our design process.  When making design decisions with other people, however, we not only need to lead ourselves through the SADIM cycle, we also need to facilitate others to come with us.  This workshop will cover essentials of sociocratic consensus decision-making and how this can serve a permaculturist facilitator.

 

Louis has been in business since childhood in the family restaurant.  Trained as a Speech and Drama Teacher, he delivered award-winning Sales and Management Training for corporations and led personal development classes for the Emin Foundation.  His volunteering has included leading three choirs, community development in West Africa, local and national tenant action and community broadcasting. Louis now teaches and facilitates with DecisionLab and is developing a new programme for exploring the hidden potential of inner and outer spaces: Dragonfly.

 

Recommended reading: Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making by Sam Keane et al.

 

http://decisionlab.org.uk     http://sociocracyuk.ning.com   http://decisionlab.org.uk/sociocracy-permaculture/#more-1235    

 

6pm

Earthy Wisdom – Reconnecting to our Earth Path with Hearthland

 

Reconnect with the elements and the seasons that give us life. Directly embrace the permaculture ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. An opportunity to participate in a seasonal earth based celebration…to deepen your desires as the Suns rays reach out to you as we move towards the longest day. ‘Catch and store energy’ this Summer and harvest your inner Fire!””

 

We seek as a collective ‘Hearth’ to renew and reroot our connection to the earth, to ensure our and future generations ‘Hearth’, well being and beneficial relations. Our personal ‘hearth’ is cross pollinated with diverse backgrounds offering;- Knowledge and skills in growing food for individuals and for community production; Seasonal organically grown produce; Off grid cooking; Greenwood furniture and other low impact reskilling. We also offer seasonal earth based celebrations to reconnect us to our larger body of the Earth and her seasons to which we are inextricably linked.

 

Recommended book – Creating Ceremony – Glennie Kindred & Lu Garner
www.earthpathwaysdiary.co.uk www.starhawk.org www.reclaiming.org

 

 

Saturday – EarthCare Space

 

 

1pm

Creating urban meadows in the wild city with Kathryn Lwin (River of Flowers)

 

What is happening to wildflowers in cities? Which pollinators are vanishing? Why do we need urban wildflower meadows? When are wildflowers beneficial not only to bees and other insect pollinators but also to people? How can we, as individuals and communities, make a difference and help to reverse the trend of 3 million hectares of meadows lost in the UK since the middle of the last century?

 

Kathryn Lwin, founder of River of Flowers, will address these questions and expand on the wider implications of the destruction of pollination systems in the UK & around the world.” River of Flowers is a not for profit social enterprise creating wildflower meadows in urban spaces in partnership with community groups and other organisations. An urban meadow can be described as a collection of diverse wildflowers growing in an urban landscape. River of Flowers provides inspiration, education, advice and support to communities to grow wildflowers in cities, from front gardens to rooftops, city parks to pavements, playgrounds to playing fields, urban orchards to allotments, anywhere that a wildflower can bloom!

 

Recommended book – Weeds: How vagabond plants gatecrashed civilisation and changed the way we think about nature by Richard Mabey

 

www.riverofflowers.org www.facebook.com/pages/River-of-Flowers/255664301400

 

2pm

An Introduction to Permaculture: transforming your garden and much more with Hedvig Murray

 

A short introduction to how you can use permaculture, and what it means. We will explore the permaculture design process, the ethics and the principles.

 

Hedvig has taught over 20 Introductions to Permaculture with Brighton Permaculture Trust, London Permaculture Festival, Transition Brixton and Food From the Sky. She has been transforming homes and gardens using permaculture design and inspiring many others to do similar things.

 

Recommended book – Permaculture Design, A step-by-step guide to the design process by Aranya

 

http://hedvigmurray.co.uk

 

3pm

Urban Forest Gardening including a visit to the Capital Growth forest garden in Regents Park – with Claire White

 

The forest garden area (for pictures click here) was designed and planted by Claire White and the participants of the Forest Gardeing workshop at last year’s London Green Fair.

 

Inspired by Robert Hart, Claire has designed and implemented several London forest gardens, and also teaches and advises on urban and rural forest garden design.
This year, Claire will be leading a follow up planting with Capital Growth on Saturday 11.30.

 

Recommended book – How to make a Forest Garden by Patrick Whitefield

 

www.clairewhitegardens.co.uk

 

4pm

An Introduction to Permaculture: transforming your garden and much more with Hedvig Murray

 

A short introduction to how you can use permaculture, and what it means. We will explore the permaculture design process, the ethics and the principles.

 

Hedvig has taught over 20 Introductions to Permaculture with Brighton Permaculture Trust, London Permaculture Festival, Transition Brixton and Food From the Sky. She has been transforming homes and gardens using permaculture design and inspiring many others to do similar things.

 

Recommended book – Permaculture Design, A step-by-step guide to the design process by Aranya

 

http://hedvigmurray.co.uk

 

5pm

Yields for the future: the orchardisation of the capital with Lewis McNeill (London Orchard Project).

 

Discussing the work of the London Orchard Project, importance of fruit trees for food security, discussing our developing permaculture focus and research/learnings around variety choice and climate change, use of mycorrhizal dips etc

 

Lewis McNeill is project manager at LOP, restoring old orchards and planting new community orchards. He completed his Permaculture Design Certificate with Patrick Whitefield in 2011. Lewis also works for Learning through Landscapes, planting community orchards in schools, and is a member of Transition Town Hackney.

 

Recommended book – The Holistic Orchard – Michael Phillips


www.thelondonorchardproject.org

 

6pm

Getting to know your Soil with Dave Hamilton

 

In this short talk and walk Dave will talk through what the weeds on your plot may be saying about the soil underneath. He’ll also explain how to use a pH kit and how to tell your soil type. Participants are encouraged to bring along a sample of their soil.

 

Dave Hamilton is a qualified gardener, garden writer, garden tutor and forager. He’s taught at Schumacher College in Devon and Bristol Botanic Gardens. He’s taught wild food at the Eden Project, on Salisbury Plain, to National Trust Staff and to hundreds of paying customers. Dave has written for publications as diverse as Gardener’s World magazine and Alan Moore’s Dodgem Logic. He wrote the award winning book ‘Grow your food for free’.

 

Recommended book – Grow your food for free …well almost by Dave Hamilton.

 

www.selfsufficientish.com

 

The Scythe Association of Britain & Ireland will also be running workshops:

Come see us at the stall in the permaculture zone, & come to take part in some of free the taster workshops in the park

One hour taster workshops in the park at following times with scythe tutors Simon Fairlie and Clive Leeke: 

Saturday 9th June

1.30pm

3.45pm

5pm  – improvers session & peening

Email ifabrizio@hotmail.com to reserve your place or call 07930 927 979 or come see us at the stall in the permaculture zone to book a place.

Sunday – PeopleCare Dome

1pm

Low Impact Health Solutions with Caroline Gaskin

 

Our health paradigm is a high impact one, both on our pockets and environment. With drugs, whose source is in fossil fuels, increasingly unwieldy health systems and, in this country, health education policies with a low success rate, it’s easy for us to experience doubt, uncertainty and fears about our health. That keeps us in bondage. We can experience health differently. Our health choices can be low impact and effective. Expect to learn some easy self-help tips and begin to feel good about the health choices you are making for yourself and those you care about.

 

As a Natural Health Practitioner & Homeopath, drawing on many years’ experience in a busy London practice, Caroline Gaskin learnt along the way that attaining great health is a journey and multi-faceted. It takes time to throw off old habits and it’s easy to be hard on ourselves in a way that we would never be hard on others. Caroline is into empowering her clients to understand their body’s response to the world around us and to grow through their healing.

 

www.carolinegaskin.co.uk

 

2pm

People & Permaculture with Looby Macnamara

 

A chance to hear from Looby Macnamara how we can use permaculture principles and design in all aspects of our lives. An opportunity to expand our thinking and take away some useful pointers for our own lives.

 

Earlier this year Looby’s book ‘People and Permaculture – caring and designing for ourselves, each other and the planet’ was published. Looby has been teaching permaculture for 10 years. She teaches a range of courses from full permaculture design courses, to advanced and teacher training courses.

 

She has also developed “people and permaculture design courses focused on using permaculture principles and design in all our people systems – the 2 week residential Full Permaculture Design Course based around this topic begins 23rd June – for more info click here www.designedvisions.com/course-dates-mainmenu-83/pdcs/241-people-permaculture-pdc.html

 

Recommended book – People & Permaculture by Looby Macnamara

 

www.DesignedVisions.com www.facebook.com/groups/257619760997437

 

3pm

Caring for your Inner Garden with Andi Whitaker

 

Come and learn a handful of skills to improve your health, increase your happiness and establish harmony with all your zones, inner, outer & wherever. Just as we can observe and read a landscape and design changes to create sustainable and elegant solutions, we can explore our inner landscape and bring about change in our life, home and community.

 

Turn up with something you would like to change or improve, it can be a skill, a relationship or something about yourself that you just think could be better. Be curious and have fun with your fellow guinea pigs, sorry participants.

 

Andi Whitaker is passionate about PeopleCare and delights in discovering and developing approaches and tools to help facilitate change in individuals and groups. He has been practicing NLP, EFT and Ho’oponopono for many years and is a fan of Eckhart Tolle, Lynne McTaggart and Dain Heer.

 

Recommended book – Life Choices and Life Changes Through Imagework: The Art of Developing Personal Vision by Dina Glouberman

 

www.imagework.co.uk www.shaktigawain.com www.jsnlp.co.uk

 

4pm

Home Education: What it is and how does it work? With Leslie Barson from LCNC

 

Home education is a successful and legal alternative to school that more and more families are choosing. It can encompass a broad variety of approaches to education from the formal school-like to a more ‘autonomous’ philosophy of education that focuses on a self-determination and self-assessment. Whether you are home educating or just curious about it come along and join the discussion!

 

I am a mother to 2 children, now adults, who never went to school. I have been an active home educator in London for over 20 years, helping to found The Otherwise Club, a community centre for home educating families.

 

Recommended book – Educating Children At Home’ Alan Thomas

 

http://edyourself.org www.home-education.org.uk www.theotherwiseclub.org.uk

 

5pm

Introduction to Metta Meditation with Chris Baugh

 

The session will be an introduction to metta or ‘loving kindness’ meditation, as practiced in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. We will begin with a short ‘body-scanning’ meditation, followed by a brief relaxation exercise, then progress on to the ‘loving-kindness’ meditation.

 

Chris Baugh will be guiding the session throughout. If there is time at the end, he will be happy to answer any participants’ questions and discuss anything that might have arisen from the session.

 

Recommended book – A Buddhist Reflects on Spirituality by Vijaya Samarawickrama

 

www.letchworthtemple.com www.londonbuddhistvihara.org www.amaravati.org

 

6pm

Talkin’ about Wwoof with James Dennis

I will talk about the origin of WWOOF and how it has grown over the last forty years from four people visiting a farm in Sussex to over 80,000 people in 52 countries helping over 12,000 host farms and small holdings.  I will talk from my personal experiences both as a volunteer, as a host and now as an employee.

 

I have been a keen WWOOFer for many years and now work for them as their publicity and projects worker I am a little excited and more than a little scared about talking about it!  I am now also a WWOOF host at my home at the redfield community and believe that WWOOF is an astounding thing to be involved in in these changing times.

 

Recommedned book:  The Practical guide to WWOOFing By Adam Greenman

 

www.wwoof.org.uk  Twitter @WWOOFUK    www.facebook.com/wwoofuk

 

Sunday – FairShares Marquee

 

1pm

Permaculture For Children (Ages 6-10 years) with the Children’s Permaculture Collective (CPC).

 

An action packed session of permaculture ethics-themed games and activities – Fair Share, People Care and Earth Care will be explored in fun, interactive and creative ways. Parents welcome to watch/support.

 

CPC is a newly formed collective of London based Permaculture enthusiasts with a passion for introducing youngsters to permaculture through play, creativity and fun. Much of the teaching is based on exploring the ethics and principles of permaculture. This session will be led by urban organic food growers and permaculturalists Sarah Bentley and Julie Porter.

 

We can only take a maximum of 15 children for this session. First come get places : )

 

2pm

Finance Otherwise with Lil from LCNC
Regaining control over our money involves financial literacy so most of the workshop will involve collaborative learning exercises around money and debt. Learning to talk about our attitudes/emotional responses to money will be central to the workshop.
It will be fun! Taste tests, role play, games… and a few useful handouts. (Resources mainly from ‘Made of Money’ course produced by Quaker Social Action).

 

Finance Otherwise has grown out of Education Otherwise. As a company it will initially be a Mutual Aid Fund for members of LCNC but hopefully will grow into a credit union. I’m a member of the otherwise club which is an educational coop for families who choose not to send their children to school. LCNC has grown out of this coop. I’m a member of London Citizens and am politically active trying to lobby on a variety of environmental and educational issues.

 

www.quakersocialaction.com/madeofmoney www.lcnc.org.uk www.theotherwiseclub.org.uk/index.php

 

3pm

Simon Fairlie discusses his book ‘Meat – a benign extravagence’.


Editor of The Land magazine, author and scythe enthusiast, Simon Fairlie will talk about his popular book, its conclusions and new thoughts around the discussion on eating meat in the 21st Century.

 

Recommended reading – Meat – a benign extravagence by Simon Fairlie

 

www.thescytheshop.co.uk www.thelandmagazine.org.uk

 

4pm

Designing your permaculture diploma with Hedvig Murray

Were you excited about lots of different things on your PDC and want to explore them more?  Well how about doing a course where you get the opportunity to integrate permaculture into your life through building up a portfolio of permaculture designs?  To find out more come along to the diploma talk on Sunday.

Hedvig is certified Permaculture Diploma Tutor for London & the South East. She has been transforming homes and gardens using permaculture design and inspiring many others to do similar things.

 

http://hedvigmurray.co.uk

 

5pm

Introduction to Transition Towns with Alexis Rowell

 

What is a Transition Town? Where did it all come from? And what is happening in London?

 

Recommended book – the Transition Companion by Rob Hopkins

 

http://london-transition.org.uk/

 

6pm

Sustaination : Creating resilient local food systems through supporting local enterprises with Francesca Morgante.

 

We will introduce the ideas and theories behind why Sustaination came to be, as well as showing how it works in practice. The theory relates to the issues of creating a resilient local food system: 1) why do we need it and 2) what are the barriers to creating it. We will show how Sustaination focuses on alleviating these barriers. The last part of the session will involve showing on presentation screen how to contribute information on the Sustaination app online and how to get involved, inputting more information about local food businesses and giving feedback on how to improve the app.

 

Sustaination was founded about a year ago, as an online tool which presents a practical solution to many of the problems faced by local food enterprises – finding other local food enterprises around them to trade with, share costs (e.g. collective transport, waste disposal), and to be transparent to consumers who look for local and sustainable food produce.

 

Francesca studied International Development, and then focused her research on sustainable food systems. She was very excited to find the Sustaination crew, finally offering practical solutions, and to get involved with them.

 

Recommended book – Low Carbon Communities – Imaginative approaches to combating climate change locally by M. Peters, S. Fudge, Tim Jackson

 

www.sustaination.co http://app.sustaination.co

 

Sunday – EarthCare Space

 

1pm

Growing in small spaces: tricks of the trade with Martina Dervis

How to grow herbs, salads and tomatoes in containers – using simple and effective techniques that will save you both time and money – and deliver excellent results! You will learn how to propagate herbs, save your own tomato seeds, and grow a continuous supply of salads using recycled containers.
Martina is a long time urban grower and tomato enthusiast, and part of the Vertical Veg team.
www.verticalveg.org.uk    www.facebook.com/verticalveg    Twitter: @verticalveg

 

2pm

Forest Gardening for the City with Kevin Mascarenhas

 

Inspired by a nine month field trip working on forest garden and agroforestry projects in Central America, Kevin went on to study with Martin Crawford. Subsequently, he designed and planted the forest garden at Occombe Farm in Devon. Kevin is now focused on food growing using forest gardening principles in the city with his ecological design practice Natural Flow. Drawing on his personal experience, he will present the fundamentals of forest gardening, their application in the urban context and finish with a complementary tour of forest garden area at Regents Park.

The forest garden was planted by Claire White during last year’s Green Fair. This year, Claire will be leading a follow up planting with Capital Growth on Saturday. Why don’t you join us for a exciting two part weekend introduction to forest gardening?
Recommended book – Plants for a Future – Edible & Useful Plants for a Helthier World by Ken Fern

www.naturalflow.biz

 

3pm

Introduction to Permaculture with Alexis Rowell

 

What is this Permaculture stuff anyway? This interactive workshop will give you a brief insight into the world of creatively solving the problems of building a sustainable future. If this sounds too good to be true the come along to this session to find out how thousands of people around the world are using permaculture ideas to change their world.

 

Recommended book – Permaculture in a Nutshell by Patrick Whitefield

 

www.LondonPermaculture.com

 

4pm

What is biodynamics and what has it got to do with Permaculture? with Nir Halfon

 

This short workshop will present some basic concepts of the biodynamic philosophy and practice and discuss with the audience how using permaculture and biodynamic methods, one can potentially create a complete system which is greater than the sum of the parts. Biodynamics is a holistic agricultural way of observing and working with the land and the subtle forces in nature. Biodynamic farming aims to increase the quality and vitality of the soil and subsequently food and nutrition.

 

Nir Halfon is a teacher and faculty member of the Biodynamic Agricultural College in Emerson College. Nir holds a diploma in Biodynamics and in Permaculture. His main interest is in sustainability in farming.

 

Recommended book – Cosmos, Earth and Nutrition by Richard Thornton Smith

 

www.bdacollege.org.uk www.facebook.com/BDACollege

 

5pm

Well-being in Deep Nature with Andy McGeeney

 

When all the rushing & hustling, meetings and work are over is there something that calls you in Nature?

 

This session today will be a taster, an opportunity to experience the potential of ecotherapy and deep ecology. We will do a few activities and have time for discussion. And leave feeling more refreshed.

 

Andy McGeeney works as a psychologist specialising in ecotherapy. He has a background in psychology, counselling, training and development, wildlife photography and conservation. Andy’s lifelong engagement with nature goes back to his childhood. His intention is to be a guide, to take people out in to nature and be a pointer to potentially very deep connections between a person’s heart-mind and the green world around them. What follows from this opening is unpredictable but in Andy’s experience it is always enlivening of the person.

 

www.andymcgeeney.com

 

6pm

An introduction to the spirit of Permaculture & forest gardening with Rakesh

 

A light-hearted, introspective look at the essence of permaculture and how it relates to spirituality.

 

Rakesh is a permaculture and forest garden designer/teacher. He draws his inspiration from a wide variety of life experiences (from his yoga practice and knowledge of homeopathy/natural medicines, through to designing fault-tolerant computer systems). His love affair with nature started at the age of 4 when he was given his first seed to plant. The child-like fascination of caring for and watching this plant grow has never left him, which he considers to be the start of his permaculture adventure.

Recommended reading – Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape by Robert Kourik
www.transitionpimlico.org www.testapps.rootsnculture.com/phplist/

The Scythe Association of Britain & Ireland will also be running workshops:

Come see us at the stall in the permaculture zone, & come to take part in some of free the taster workshops in the park

One hour taster workshops in the park at following times with scythe tutors Simon Fairlie and Clive Leeke: 

Saturday 9th June

1.30pm

3.45pm

5pm  – improvers session & peening

Email ifabrizio@hotmail.com to reserve your place or call 07930 927 979 or come see us at the stall in the permaculture zone to book a place.

Sunday 10th June

1.30pm

4pm

 

There will be all sorts of stalls in the Permaculture Zone – check out this list below. (If you are thinking of having your own stall in our area please contact us as soon as you can – as places are limited)

 

London Permaculture Network

The London Permaculture Network supports the spread of Permaculture in & around the capital through events, courses and information.

www.LondonPermaculture.com

 

Permaculture Magazine & Books

The very latest issues and select back issues of Permaculture Magazine will be available to browse and buy over the weekend. The magazine features articles from people who are helping create a more sustainable world. It is full of news, reviews, solutions, courses, contact, offers and money saving ideas.

We will also be offering our award winning permaculture books at up to 25% OFF to people who attend the London Green Fair and visit our stall. It is a great chance to meet some of the team who put the magazine together. We are always looking inspirational permaculture stories and photographs for the magazine and for our website (www.permaculture.co.uk) so why not come and say hello.

 

Permaculture magazine is published quarterly in full colour. It now goes to over 77 countries worldwide, showing the increasing reach of permaculture as a truly global movement. Also, do take a look at our Permaculture website it is regularly updated, highly searchable and it has more solutions than we can fit in the printed version of the magazine! You can view all of our latest videos, news and blogs from leading permaculturists from all over the world.

www.Permaculture.co.uk

 

Kingston Permaculture Network

Our stall is a chance for people living in the area to find out more about what we do, it will be interactive and full of exciting things including plants and seeds, bee info, composting info, kids activities and a number of other delightful items.
Kingston Permaculture Network promotes permaculture in SW London area.  Based out of our hub at Kingston Environment Centre we grow, we share our knowledge and learn from each other, we teach and we promote permaculture and growing in and around SW London.  We are a voluntary group of growers, permaculturists and others based in the borough of Kingston.  We learn and share together.  We are a very active network of local community growing projects, growing on disused council land, on the back of estates, on disused allotments and even in an underused back garden or two.  We also host a 20 year old forest garden in our network.

 http://kingstoneco.org.uk     http://www.facebook.com/groups/32748919218/

 

Biodynamic Agricultural College

We’re dedicated to training people in biodynamic/organic methods. The college runs full time accredited courses in biodynamic agriculture and horticulture, short courses and an online/distance learning programme. Students from all over the UK, Europe and the world come to the college to learn and train in Biodynamic methods and gain the skills for sustainable farming and gardening. Learning at the college is an enriching experience which combines informative and practical studies in a beautiful, picturesque environment.
During the fair Nir Halfon will be giving a talk on Biodynamics and Permaculture.

www.bdacollege.org.uk www.facebook.com/BDACollege

 

Permaculture Picturehouse

London’s regular Permaculture event (1st Tuesday of the month) – inspiring films and interesting talks based at Passing Clouds in Hackney.

www.PermaculturePicturehouse.co.uk

 

Where Permaculture meets Wildlife.

Build hand-made bird boxes with Les and Friends 1pm 3pm 5pm

Green Peppers Orchard and Forest Garden is a local resident led voluntary group that has been improving green spaces on Maiden Lane for 6 years and offers various gardening opportunities for local people. we’re also planting a new orchard called Spring Bank Walk Orchard leading to a Community Garden that has bean designed by a group of Permaculture Students. All part of the Maiden Lane Permaculture Project and Camden & Islington Permaculture Network

www.maidenlance.org www.facebook.com/CamdenandIslingtonPermacultureNetwork

www.facebook.com/pages/Green-Peppers-Orchard-and-Forest-Garden/156909011069369

 

Vertical Veg

The stall will highlight through images that it is possible to grow lots of food without a garden – on just a balcony, patio or window sills. Enthusiastic and experienced food growers will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice for people interested in growing in containers.

 

Vertical Veg will also being running impromptu workshops on various themes throughout the weekend, so check out their stall when you arrive for more info.

 

Vertical Veg is a not for profit enterprise that inspires and supports people who don’t have gardens to grow food in very small spaces – organically and sustainably. We also love worms!

www.verticalveg.org.uk

 

Eradicating Ecocide campaign

Campaign to prevent and put a full stop on the mass destruction of nature by having an international law of ecocide in place and recognized by the UN as a 5th Crime Against Peace.

www.eradicatingecocide.com

 

Project Dirt

Project Dirt, London’s largest green social network. We will be offering information about what we do to bring together over 750 environmental projects in London. Our site aims to bring together real people doing tangible things to make the world a greener place. We help people to connect with other similar or local groups to share advice, knowledge and resources.

www.projectdirt.com

 

Plan Zheroes

We will be telling people about the Plan Zheroes online food map which links food businesses that have surplus food, to nearby charities that need it. We will have a range of promo materials and a team of enthusiastic volunteers.

 

Plan Zheroes is a campaign of the West London Citizens’ Greener Planet Action Team – www.citizensuk.org/chapters/west-london-citizens/

www.planzheroes.org

 

River of Flowers: Pop Up Meadow

The Pop Up Meadow is made up of 30 miniature meadows grown in recycled biodegradable boxes, a living tapestry of perennial pollen and nectar rich wildflower plug plants, e.g. Black Knapweed or Birdsfoot Trefoil. Each box can be planted directly into the ground or into a garden container and comes with a packet of seeds sufficient to create a sustainable urban meadow of two square metres: roughly the size of a dining room table. Designed to be deconstructed and dispersed to several growing spaces, the Pop Up Meadow will eventually become a ‘river’ of floral forage for bees and other insect pollinators.

 

River of Flowers provides inspiration, education, advice and support to communities to grow wildflowers in cities, from front gardens to rooftops, city parks to pavements, playgrounds to playing fields, urban orchards to allotments, anywhere that a wildflower can bloom!

www.riverofflowers.org

 

Co-ops Corner by LCNC

We would like to promote London based grassroots co-ops of all kinds in this UN Iinternational year of the co-op, http://social.un.org/coopsyear/.

Including a ‘Co-ops Tea Lab’ – a floor space where we will serve refreashments of some kind so that people can stop, sit and chat about their ideas for sistainable living and co-ops. We will have lots of information about co-ops and related projects for sustainable living in London.

 

The London Community Neighbourhood Co-operative (LCNC) is a dynamic and diverse group of ordinary Londoners motivated to live in a more sustainable way. The project aims to create sustainable wellbeing in the urban environment of London by improving lives through an innovative use of space and choosing to live as committed and caring neighbours to each other. It is part of a consortium of co-operatives and other community based organisations dedicated to creating a viable sustainable neighbourhood built on a strong ethos of permaculture and co-operative principles. The project includes an urban argiculture and food initiatuve, a social centre and work space and national centre for life long, self-directed, experiential learning, and the development of fair rent, low impact, eco-friendly universally designed homes.

www.lchc.org.uk

 

Bamboo bicycles

We build bicycle frames out of bamboo in Yorkshire. There’ll be a test ride area for people to try the bamboo bikes.

 

We are a Social Enterprise with our workshop in Scarborough. We employ local people and train them to work with natural materials. We sell our frames and bikes through bike retailers across the UK.

www.bamboobike.co www.facebook.com/#!/BambooBikesUK

 

Well-being in Nature

I am an ecotherapist and wildlife photographer. I will be putting on a display related to Well-being in Nature, the name I give to the work I do. I enable people to have a deeper connection to the natural world and feel better for the experience.
There will be information on workshops and regular sessions in and around London.

I work as a psychologist specialising in ecotherapy. I have a background in psychology, counselling, training and development, wildlife photography and conservation. I have had a lifelong engagement with nature going back to my childhood. My intention is to be a guide, to take people out in to nature and be a pointer to potentially very deep connections between a person’s heart-mind and the green world around them. What follows from this opening is unpredictable but in my experience it is always enlivening of the person.”
www.andymcgeeney.com

 

Herbal Haven

A massive selection of herbs & plants for sale

 

Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

I am an international Certified Trainer with the Center of Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) and I will be representing a group of NVC trainers in the UK. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a very powerful process to use for handling inner-, interpersonal- and group-conflicts. And it is much more! At stall there will be materials that explain what NVC stands for, what it can do for people in different areas of their life (home, work, school, community etc.), and information about where and how people can learn NVC. There will also be the opportunity to experience NVC in one-to-one sessions with me.

http://nvc-uk.ning.com www.facebook.com/pages/Nonviolent-Communication-NVC-in-Action/211749828869658
www.cnvc.org

 

Scythe Association Stall

Stall demonstrating the use of the scythe with particular reference to urban lawns and gardens. I represent the Scythe Association of Britain and Ireland, which exists to promote the use of scythes as a convivial, eco-friendly and efficient tool, and to train people in its use and maintenance.

 

The Scythe Assoc. will also being  one hour taster workshops in the park at following times with scythe tutors Simon Fairlie and Clive Leeke:

Saturday 9th June: 1.30pm, 3.45pm, 5pm  – improvers session & peening

Sunday 10th June: 1.30pm, 4pm

 

Email ifabrizio@hotmail.com to reserve your place or call 07930 927 979 or come see us at the stall in the permaculture zone to book a place.

http://scytheassociation.wordpress.com www.thescytheshop.co.uk

 

Circlework – London Speaking Circles (Sunday only)

We are all public speakers, and we all have important contributions to make – in our jobs, in our communities, and in our tribes. Some of us find that the fear of speaking in public holds us back.

Others of us do speak, but realise that we are somehow constrained – not expressing ourselves authentically and with presence. Not enjoying it fully. Not having the impact we know we can have.

Speaking Circles can show you a way to genuinely transform your experience of public speaking – whether you have an important message to get out there, or just want to have more freedom to speak.

 

Circlework runs regular Speaking Circles in central London.

www.circlework.co.uk  www.speakingcircles.com Signup to the Circlework mailing list here: www.circlework.co.uk/#!contact

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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