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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

Permaculture Design Course – Creating Resilient Communities

starts April 7th for 7 weekends

5, Tredwell Close, Streatham, London SW2 3TL

The Permaculture Design Course is a 72-hour often life-changing experience, accredited by the UK Permaculture Association. Over the period of 7 weekends we will explore practical and creative solutions for building resilient communities and designing abundant eco-systems. We will discover how we can work with, rather than against nature to fulfil our human needs whilst caring for the earth and the people. The course has a strong practical emphasis on ecological and social design thinking and how this can be applied in different parts of our life and society. More information at http://www.sociallandscapes.co.uk/events/permaculture-design-course-pdc2018-south-london

Permablitz at Cat’s Garden

Sunday 8th April, 10am-5pm

Ladywell, South London

This is the second phase permablitz at Cat’s garden and having cleared and laid down a lasagne mulch in November, we are implementing the structure of the new garden and adding the plants. It will mean we’ll be laying the pathways, creating a pond and planting unusual edible perennials in the garden as well as planting seeds for annual vegetables. We’ll also be creating some wildlife habitats: bug hotels and bird boxes.

Mini workshops will include creating a wildlife pond, making bug hotels, how to plant seeds and an explanation of the unusual edible perennials being planted. 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

Tuesday 10th April, 6pm-8:30pm

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

Permaculture is an ethical design system, based on ecological principles, that creates sustainable and regenerative human habitats by following nature’s patterns. This evening will introduce it’s core ethics, principles and design tools focusing in particular on it’s relevance to horticulture and individual and community collaboration. Examples of both will be taken from the award-winning permaculture entrance garden at Cecil Sharp House and Permablitz London’s social experiment in reciprocal edible garden makeovers. We will also consider how attendees can apply permaculture in their own lives. Organised by capital Growth. More details and booking at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-permaculture-tickets-43971595225

Permaculture Ambassadors Conference: Growing connections for positive action

Friday 13 April 2018

Impact Hub Birmingham, Walker Building, 58 Oxford Street, B5 5NR

Many people are creating a brighter future for their communities, caring for the earth and for each other, whilst living within nature’s limits. How do we share these practical solutions with more people to enthuse and inspire them? The Permaculture Ambassadors Conference is a chance to meet, share knowledge and good practice, and to network with people from across Britain.
This event is open to all. More details on the website https://permaculture.org.uk/get-involved/permaculture-ambassadors-conference-2018. We also are offering accessibility bursaries to help with travel costs or care etc. Please contact Ryan for details communicate@permaculture.org.uk

Practical permaculture course

Sunday 15th April, 11am-4pm

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

Would you like fresh fruit from April to November, including cherries, figs and medlar? Kingston Permaculture Reserve is offering a training course on Sunday April 15th in fruit growing and permaculture. The workshop will cover how to look after apple trees: grafting, pruning, thinning apples and their storage; also other top fruit (plums, pears, quince, etc. ), raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, perennial vegetables and more. We are offering the course in aid of www.africanvision.org.uk who do wonderful work with orphans and vulnerable adults in Malawi and have their own permaculture plot there. To request a place please send a message via the contact form at www.kpr2016.wordpress.com/contact. Suggested donation: £15

Gardening with Nature:
Planting Unusual Root Vegetables

Wednesday 18th April, 6pm-8pm

Cecil Sharp House LAND Project, 2 Regents Park Road, Camden, London NW1 7AY
It’s the time of year to plant some unusual root vegetables. Come and find out which they are and how to grow them. We’ll also be pricking out and potting on the unusual salad seedlings we planted in March. Cost: £6.

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. for more details and booking see http://www.permablitzlondon.com/event/planting-unusual-root-vegetables/

Simple food fermentation workshop

Friday 20th April, 2pm- 3:30pm

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

Give your gut-biome a boost this spring! Yes, that’s the amazing ecosystem of micro-organisms that you’re carrying around in your digestive tract. Regularly consuming fermented foods can really help to get those friendly-bacteria multiplying. One of our buddies, Vicky, will be sharing some simple sauerkraut recipes with us. Please bring a clean, medium-sized glass jar with a lid if you can. More details: https://forestfarmpeacegarden.wordpress.com/events/upcoming-and-recent-events/

Big Dig London

Saturday 21 April 2018

All across London

Come and help your local community garden get ready for the new growing season. It’s a great way to meet new people, get some fresh air, and learn about food. For details of events near you see http://www.bigdig.org.uk/london/

Permablitz for Big Dig Day – Urban Permaculture at Cecil Sharp House

Saturday 21st April, 10am- 5pm

Cecil Sharp House LAND Project, 2 Regents Park Road, Camden, London NW1 7AY

This is the first of a series of permablitz days in 2018 offering workshops and practical activities on various aspects of urban permaculture at the Permaculture Learning and Demonstration Garden at Cecil Sharp House. You are welcome to join us for the whole event or just drop in for a part of the day. Lunch will be provided.

On this occasion we will be adding more unusual edible and decorative perennials to our forest garden and laying out a new irrigation system. In the process we will apply compost teas and micorrhizal fungi as well as adding hydrogels to support the new plants. We’ll also be applying a mulch to the beds.

Workshops
12pm: Big Dig or No Dig – when to dig and when not to dig! This workshop will focus on why people dig the soil, what the alternatives are and when they are good to use.
3pm: Unusual herbs for edible flowers, leaves and teas – a workshop looking at the range of unusual herbs we are planting in the herb spiral at Cecil Sharp House

Cecil Sharp House permaculture project is part of the LAND (Learning And Network Demonstration) network that shows permaculture in practice. It is managed by Permablitz London (www.permablitzlondon.com). The garden is maintained by volunteers through our Gardening with Nature training. We hold regular permaculture design sessions. We also work with the local primary school offering the garden as an outdoor classroom. There is an in-house cafe. We are open to the public throughout the year.

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

Big Dig in Finsbury Park

Saturday April 21, 10am-2pm

Edible Landscapes, Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ

Big Dig is coming to London on the 21st of April and this time ELL is taking part. Whoop whoop! We will be digging loads of woodchip and putting it on our lovely new paths, along with cardboard underneath. In addition, we’ll be planting a few new trees along the side of Seven Sisters Road. Will be great exercise and good fun. And cake. See http://www.ediblelandscapeslondon.org.uk/event/big-dig-finsbury-park for more details

Gardening with Nature:
Making and Applying Aerated Compost Tea

Wednesday 25th April, 6pm-8pm

Cecil Sharp House LAND Project, 2 Regents Park Road, Camden, London NW1 7AY

At Cecil Sharp House we use aerated compost tea to support the soil-food-web. Come along this evening to find out about the benefits of aerated compost tea and how to make and apply the tea to the soil. Cost: £6.

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. For more details and booking see http://www.permablitzlondon.com/event/making-and-applying-aerated-compost-tea/

Soil & Home Composting Workshop

Saturday 28th April 11am–2pm

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

Learn all about soil, the soil food web and home composting systems. 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 details and booking at http://suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk/events/home-composting-workshop-28th-april-2018/

Organic Lea Open Day

Sunday 29th April

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

Get a helping hand with your own growing, with our locally grown food plants.
Plants sales at Hawkwood Nursery. We grow all the plants ourselves in our glasshouse that we rent from the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Work is carried out by a team of growers including members of our workers’ cooperative and lots of local volunteers who support the project’s aim to see more food growing in London. Plants are taken from the glasshouses and acclimatised to the outdoors before being dispatched. The plants are strong and healthy, ready to compete with weed seedlings and garden pests! See https://www.organiclea.org.uk/we-help-you-grow-your-own/plant-sales/ for more details and whats available.

Capital Growth training courses in April

Learn about urban food growing and running community gardens with our hands-on sessions in gardens across London, covering four themes: Urban food growing: Start from the basics to get it right; Growing enterprise: Focus on enterprising ideas and selling produce; Get children growing: Engage children and young people outdoors; Grow for it! Learn something new or unusual

Wednesday 4th April 6.00pm – 9.00pm Managing and developing volunteers, The Skip Garden, Kings Cross N1C 4AQ
Thursday 5th April 6:00pm – 8:30pm Organic urban food growing for beginners, The Skip Garden, Kings Cross N1C 4AQ
Saturday 7th April 10:30am – 1:30pm Urban garden management: thriving green places in tiny grey spaces, Pop Brixton and Brixton Orchard, SW9
Tuesday 10th April 6:00pm – 8:30pm Introduction to Permaculture, Cecil Sharp House, Camden NW1
Saturday 14th April 10:30am – 1:30pm Creating a wildlife friendly food garden, St Luke’s Community Centre, EC1V
Wednesday 18th April 6:00pm – 8:30pm Design and plan your food garden, Regents Park Allotment, NW1 4NP
Wednesday 25th April 6:00pm – 8:30pm Growing food with children and young people, Regents Park Allotment, NW1 4NP
Saturday 28th April 10:30am – 1:30pm Foraging walk, talk and taste: hone your skills for a new season, Edible Landscapes London, N4

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

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

Gardening with Nature:
Making and Applying Nettle Tea

Wednesday 2nd May, 6pm-8pm

Cecil Sharp House LAND Project, 2 Regents Park Road, Camden, London NW1 7AY

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. Cost: £6.

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. For more details and booking see http://www.permablitzlondon.com/event/making-and-applying-nettle-tea/

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 plant, either for collection from site or by arrangement. For more details see https://kpr2016.wordpress.com/courses/

Gardening with Nature:
Taking Spring Cuttings

Wednesday 9th May, 6pm-8pm

Cecil Sharp House LAND Project, 2 Regents Park Road, Camden, London NW1 7AY

Come and learn how to take cuttings. This session will explain how taking a cutting from a plant can grow a new plant. We’ll then take cuttings and pot them up. Cost: £6

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. For more details and booking see http://www.permablitzlondon.com/event/taking-spring-cuttings/

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/

Capital Growth training courses in early May

Thursday 3rd May 6:00pm – 8:30pm Natural pest management and companion planting, The Skip Garden, Kings Cross N1C 4AQ
Wednesday 9th May 6:00pm – 8:30pm Understanding soil life, composting and wormeries, Regents Park Allotment, NW1 4NP
Saturday 12th My 10:30am – 1:30pm Creating and maintaining beautiful communal gardens, Pop Brixton and Brixton Orchard, SW9
See http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/ for more details.


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