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The annual London Permaculture Festival is a one day grassroots event that attracts around 700 people who come to learn about how the ethical design science of permaculture can offer sustainable, regenerative green solutions to different areas of modern life.

Come along for workshops (intro and advanced), ‘how-to’ sessions, films, a stalls market and a ‘families at the festival’ zone. Enjoy discussions, networking and learning about creative solutions for a sustainable, healthy future. Workshops for 2019 include:

  • Andy Goldring, Permaculture Association Chief Executive
    CTRLshift: Shaping our future together

  • Maddy Harland, Editor Permaculture Magazine
    Climate Emergence: How can we prevent our extinction both practically and psychologically?

  • Aranya, author Permaculture Design
    Assembling effective permaculture systems

  • Nat Mady
    Introduction to Permaculture

  • Mark Ridsdill Smith, Vertical Veg
    Herbs on your doorstep: the best herbs to grow in small spaces

  • Mary Rawlinson
    Straw bale buildings a cheap, green fix?

  • Alex Laird
    Living medicine: improving health and wellbeing with food and herbs

  • Nicola Peel, Eyes of Gaia
    Solutions , Resilience and Biomimicry

  • Randy Mayer
    Living in an intentional off-grid community

  • Rakesh
    Collaborative community decision making in practice. A practical workshop on sociocracy.

Children in Permaculture
This year’s festival will highlight Children in Permaculture with a series of workshops running through the day on that theme followed by a Children in Permaculture conference at Cecil Sharp House on Monday 8th July:
  • Lusi Alderslowe
    Introduction to engaging children in permaculture

  • Lara Kastelic and Tomi Gjerkes
    Dragon Dreaming with Children and Adults

  • Didi Deshaies
    Moving permaculture beyond the garden – integrating permaculture into the whole school culture

  • Matt Willer
    The Allotment Project – Permaculture in High School

Plus an amazing cake stall!

More information at http://www.londonpermaculturefestival.com

The Festival Needs You – Volunteer Shout Out

We rely on 50-plus volunteers to put it on each year.  Come along to the meeting on Tuesday 18th June – see below.

Last chance to book a stall at the festival

The Stalls Market will be featuring stalls from a host of permaculture and sustainable publications, organisations and retailers and projects. Payment to have a stall is through a cake currency: we ask for 2 cakes per stall which will be sold on the tea and cake stall. There are still spaces available so if you would like a stall please email Hugh at:stalls@londonpermaculturefestival.com.


Solar Irrigation For Allotments And Community Gardens

Saturday 1st June, 11am – 4pm

Demand Energy Equality, Unit C, 59 Ladywell Rd, London, SE13 7UT

Learn how to design, build and install small off grid solar energy systems to power water pumps for irrigating crops, and more. This half day workshop will explore how to correctly size your energy system to match the size of your allotment or garden, and how to get the most out of it. Learn how to use basic equipment to build your own low-cost off grid power source. All materials are included, No previous experience required. More info and booking at https://www.demandenergyequality.org/bookings/solar-irrigation-for-allotments-and-community-gardens

Permablitz at Glengall Wharf Gardens

Sunday 2nd June, 10am-5.30pm

Peckham, South London

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

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

Gardening with Nature Session at Cecil Sharp House

Friday 7th June, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

In this session we’ll be applying aerated compost tea, making comfrey tea, planting seeds for microgreens, tying in climbers and dead-heading. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Design 4 Life – One Day Introduction to Veganic Permaculture

Saturday 8th June,10am-4:30pm

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

Do you seek to live compassionately without the unnecessary exploitation of people, animals and the environment? Are you concerned about climate change and future generations? Are you interested in changing how we interact with other species, ecosystems and our human communities? Then our Design 4 Life – Introduction to Veganic Permaculture and Introduction to Forest Gardening Courses in partnership with The Vegan Organic Network, OrganicLea and The Light Gap are for you!
This is a unique opportunity to learn about Vegan Permaculture and Forest Gardening principles with instructor Graham Burnett, author of The Vegan Book of Permaculture and experienced Permaculture Designer. More info at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/design-4-life-introduction-to-veganic-permaculture-with-graham-burnett-organiclea-tickets-59668170103

Gardening Club at Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden

Saturdays 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th June, 10.30am-12pm

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

Come and join us for our weekly sessions in the garden and learn about how to grow and maintain a permaculture, wildlife-friendly, ecological and edible garden. We grow vegetables, herbs, plants for herbal teas, salads, unusual edible perennials, fruit, berries and edible flowers as well as a profusion of flowers for bees and butterflies. Each week you will learn something different that will be appropriate to the time of year.
In June we will be planting seeds and potting on, setting up irrigation, mulching, tying in climbers and learning about the plants in the garden. Let us know you’re coming by emailing jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk

World Music Day Summer Celebration

Sunday 16 June, 12pm – 4:30pm

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

Enjoy a relaxing, family-friendly day of music, nature & community at
our beautiful garden. Free entry! Donations welcome.

Live world music, wildlife activities, workshops, therapies, children’s activities, craft & produce stalls, delicious food, cakes. For more info see https://www.forestfarmpeacegarden.org/

Permablitz at Northwick Park Community Garden

Sunday 16th June, 10am-5.30pm

Northwick Park, Harrow, North-west London

This will be the second permablitz at Northwick Park Community Garden where we will be preparing more of the ground for planting to create the food forest in the park and constructing seating that will harvest rainwater. We’ll also be planting out seedlings that have been planted and potted on by the community group. There will be mini-workshops that describe the forest garden structure, the importance of mulching and the strategy for watering the garden.

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

London Permaculture Festival – meeting for volunteers

Tuesday 18th June, 7pm-8.30pm

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

Come along to help organise the festival. We are arranging this  session before the festival to get the word out, to arrange final details of the day, and organise help on the day at the festival.

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

Workshop: Plants for free: how to take cuttings

Thursday 20th June, 6.30pm-8.30pm

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

This workshop will show you how to take cuttings and make more plants for free. You’ll learn which plants are good to take cuttings from and you’ll have a chance to take cuttings both for the Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden and to take away with you. Let us know you’re coming by emailing jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk

Gardening with Nature Session at Cecil Sharp House

Friday 21st June, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

In this session we’ll be doing the summer pruning of the fruit trees, applying comfrey tea to the garden, dead-heading and planting seeds for microgreens. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Think Globally, Create Locally – June Open Day at Organic Lea

Sunday 30 June, 10am

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

We’re excited to team up with Mbilla Arts again for a celebration open day with African storytelling, kora and drumming, printing, weaving and more.
The event is the culmination of Mbilla Arts’ Think Globally, Create Locally project workshops using diverse art forms to explore local growing culture and fair food systems in Africa and Latin America.The project is funded by Waltham Forest’s London Borough of Culture Fellowship Funding and is delivered in partnership with Organiclea, Hornbeam Learning Lodge and local artists. For more info see https://www.organiclea.org.uk/2019/05/june-2019-open-day-mbilla-celebration-day/

Capital Growth Courses in June

Learn about urban food growing and running community gardens with our hands-on sessions in gardens across London.

Growing your own herbal remedies, Wednesday 5th June, 6pm. Trowbridge Gardens (Hackney Herbal), E9 5LD
Boots, boxes & balconies: Growing edibles in confined spaces, Saturday 8th June, 10:30am. Rainbow Grow, Dalston, E8 3AZ
Teaching the primary curriculum through food growing and outdoor space, Wednesday 12th June, 5:45pm. Ruskin Park, Camberwell, SE5 8EL
Queen rearing for the urban beekeeper, Saturday 15th June, 1:30pm. St Mary’s Garden, Shoreditch, E2 8EL
Plants as medicine and healing allies, Tuesday 18th June, 10.30am. Whetstone Stray Allotments, Finchley, N12 7DX
Literacy outside the classroom: Inspiring garden tales, Wednesday 26th June, 5.30pm. Christ Church Primary School, Clapham, SW11 2TH
Herbal harvest – Making your own products, Saturday 29th June, 10:30am. Trowbridge Gardens (Hackney Herbal), E9 5LD

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

Permaculture Magazine Prize 2019

closing date 31st May 2019

Permaculture Magazine is delighted to announce that due to the faith and generosity of an anonymous donor, we are now the £30,000 PM Prize! Because all the money for the PM Prize goes direct to the chosen projects, our donor believes that the money is reaching the right people and places around the world. This groundbreaking prize aims to highlight the worldwide successes of the growing permaculture movement.
With a fund of £30,000 the Permaculture Magazine Prize, in its second year, aims to directly help transform communities and regenerate habitats and it will be judged by a prestigious panel of international judges.
The prize will consist of one main award of £10,000, a second runner-up prize of £5,000 and four runners up of £2,500. The prize is open to any permaculture project in the world.
The closing date for entries is 31st May 2019, midnight and is also open to those who applied last year. A £5,000 Youth in Permaculture Prize is also available in collaboration with Abundant Earth Foundation with £3,000 available for the main award and two runners up of £1,000. This prize is open to anyone under 25 years of age. All winners will be announced in the pages of PM102, published 31st October 2019 and will be featured in following issues.
Online applications are now open and it’s free to enter. If you have visited a site/community who may need help applying can you share with them and help them complete it:
https://www.permaculture.co.uk/content/permaculture-magazine-prize-2019-application

For info on the Youth in Permaculture Prize visit: https://abundantearthfoundation.org/yipp/

Forthcoming Events

Understand and support the Soil-Food-Web

Tuesday 2nd July, 6:30pm-9pm

Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden, Nubian Life Centre, 50 Ellerslie Road, London W12 7BW

This session, organised by Capital Growth will explain the soil-food-web and explore how to make plants teas and aerated compost teas to support it.
During the session we will make our own plant tea, and apply it to the garden.
More details and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understand-and-support-the-soil-food-web-tickets-57010000446

Grow Well, Feel Well: Health, Wellbeing and Growing Food in the City

Thursday 4th July, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, London E1 5AR

Join us for an evening of workshops, talks and networking. Learn more about food growing and health, age-frendly and inclusive volunteering and the heritage of growing in London. Organised in partnership with Growing Health, our summer event is for growers, community organisers, support workers and anyone interested in the links between food growing and health and working in this area. More info and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grow-well-feel-well-health-wellbeing-and-growing-food-in-the-city-tickets-62304309868

Gardening with Nature Session at Cecil Sharp House

Friday 5th July, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

In this session we’ll be making the final preparations in the garden before the London Permaculture Festival taking place on Sunday 7th July. We’ll be maximising the nectar available to bees and butterflies by deadheading flowers, applying comfrey tea to the garden and labelling plants in the garden. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Children in Permaculture International Conference 2019

Monday 8th July, 9:30am to 5:30pm

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

This one day conference for school, nursery and kindergarten teachers, Forest School leaders, parents, permaculture educators, policy-makers, Scout Leaders and anyone else interested in the education of children, to find out about best practice in the field of Permaculture Education, Learning for Sustainability and Outdoor Learning. It is the day after the London Permaculture Festival at which there will be a Children in Permaculture presence with speakers appearing at both events. This conference is being organised by the European Children in Permaculture project in which best practice has been shared across the continent from Finland to Italy, Scotland to Romania. More info and bookings http://childreninpermaculture.com/events/2019-conference/

Capital Growth events in early July

Understand and support the soil food web. Tuesday 2nd July, 6pm. Nubian Life Resource Centre W12 7BW
Garden weeds: Food, medicine and fertiliser. Wednesday 3rd July, 6pm. Edible Landscapes London N4 1BY
Fermenting: Sauerkraut, kimchi and fruit drinks. Saturday 6th July, 10:30am. Hackney Herbal E9 5LD
Foraging walk talk and taste: Summer’s bounty revealed. Saturday 13th July, 10:30am. Edible Landscapes London N4 1BY

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

London Permaculture Network – Interactive Project Map

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The London Permaculture network has launched a map of permaculture, and permaculture-friendly projects in London. Go to http://www.londonpermaculture.com/map/ to see it. Use the map to guide yourself around the projects in your local area, and the whole of London.
This map is still being developed, and we would love your project to be included! If you would like your project added to the map please contact us at info@londonpermaculture.com


Brighton Events

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside – so head down to the Brighton Permaculture Trust – just a train ride away. Check out their website for news of courses, events and Permaculture by the sea.

21st Century Permaculture Radio

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

Open Days & Volunteering

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

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

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

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

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

The Meadow Orchard Crouch End, N8. Every Saturday 11-4pm  workday to care for the site, garden, orchard and wildlife meadow, plus an Eco-building session. Variable depending on leaders availability so check website for details: www.meadoworchard.org
Burgess Park Food Project. Weekly open sessions :
General garden volunteering ~ every Sunday from 1pm-4pm
Grown in Peckham ~ growing to sell ~ every Thursday 1-4pm, shared lunch at 1pm.

How do I get my event in this newsletter?

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

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