September 2018 London Permaculture News

#RiseforClimate London

Saturday 8th September, 2:30pm

Meet in front of the Tate Modern, Bankside, London, United Kingdom SE1 9TG

On September 8, thousands of rallies will be held in cities and towns around the world to demand leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us. Join us in London where we’ll come together for a visual demonstration of the call for urgent action on climate change, to pledge action and to spread the word about actions we can all take. More details:

Tree-care pruning day at Meadow Orchard

Sunday 9 September, 11am-5pm

Meadow Orchard Project, 151 Park Rd, Crouch End, London N8 8JD

We will be learning how to prune our stone-fruit trees (plum, apricot, peach, almond) and taking care of the fruit orchard. For more details:

Permablitz London Design Guild

Monday 10th September – Monday 12th November 2018

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

Permaculture designers from Permablitz London Design Guild are holding another Introduction to Permablitz Design series focused on creating designs for forthcoming permablitzes that will take place at a variety of sites across London.

All welcome: suitable for experienced designers, gardeners and complete beginners. Please note: the previous series was over-subscribed. Priority will be given to people who sign up for the whole series. Each session is free and from 7pm to 9pm on the following dates:

Monday 10th September, Monday 17th September, Monday 24th September, Monday 1st October, Monday 8th October, Monday 15th October, Monday 22nd October, Monday 29th October, Monday 5th November, Monday 12th November.

Pre-booking essential: if you would like to come along please email Kayode or Susannah at to let us know.

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 15th-Sunday 16th September

Furnace Fields Smallholding, near East Grinstead, West Sussex

The Introduction to Permaculture is a weekend course giving you an overview of permaculture, its key design tools, case studies of permaculture people and places and some practical activities. You have the opportunity to try out permaculture design tools on a project of your choice: here you will have design support and go away with your first permaculture design. After this course, you are ready to get started in permaculture! More info at

Designing Edible Spaces – London

Saturday 15th-Sunday 16th September

The Skip Garden, Kings Cross

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

EcoDIY Land Center open weekend

Saturday 15th September and Sunday 16th September, 10am – 4pm each day

193 Burrs Rd Clacton, Essex CO15 4LN

Have you ever wondered whether it is worth having a greenhouse, how much work it is to have chickens or keep bees, how well a solar hot water system works with a woodstove? Ecodiy open weekend is your chance to find out. The well-insulated house, with wood-fired cooking, central heating, solar electricity and hot water is open with the Permaculture garden which supplies more than enough fruit and vegetables for a family, even in a built-up area. For more details:

Finding solutions to key ecological issues with Nicola Peel

Sunday 16 September 1.30pm-3.30pm

St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL

‘Solutions are all around us. It’s just knowing where to look.’ Nicola has been working in the Ecuadorian Amazon for 18 years, finding solutions to oils spills with fungi, building rainwater systems for indigenous people suffering from contamination due to the oil industry, training farmers in agroforestry to prevent the slash and burn of tropical rainforests and cleaning the beaches of tons of plastic, turning rubbish into a resource. Nicola is also passionate about Biomimicry, a discipline built on the premise that nature is our greatest teacher. See

Sowing the seeds of change – National Permaculture Convergence

Friday 20th – Sunday 23rd September

Hulme, Manchester

Do you believe now is the time for us to work together to bring about positive change? If so, join us in Hulme, Manchester next month for the National Permaculture Convergence, 20 – 23 September. This is your chance to make new connections, strengthen old ones and reignite your passion for permaculture.
The line-up has expanded, with even more contributors and workshops to ensure there’s something for everyone, whatever your level of permaculture. For a full rundown of what’s in store, visit the programme page on our website.

Urban Harvest Day at Cecil Sharp House

Saturday 22nd September, 10.30am-1pm

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

Come and join us as we celebrate our harvest of apples and plums at Cecil Sharp House. As well as celebrating this year’s harvest with tea (herb teas from the garden) and cakes (made with fruit from the garden) we will be running a workshop :
‘Choosing the right fruit tree for your space’
There are a number of things you need to consider when choosing the right fruit tree and this workshop will explain what they are. The workshop will cover understanding rootstocks, pollination partners, spacing, ecological design to support your fruit trees, when is best to buy your fruit tree and give you a list of suppliers. (£10/£5 concs)

For more details and booking see

Gosia’s garden permablitz

Sunday 23 September 2018, 10 am – 5.30 pm

Aldersbrook, London E12

This permablitz is to implement a design for Gosia’s front and back gardens. At the permablitz we will be building planters, including a ‘wicking’ planter, from recycled scaffolding boards, painting the fence, planting perennials to create miniature-forest garden planters and re-landscaping the back garden. We will be innoculating the new planters with bacteria/fungi to encourage the development of the soil-food-web. Mini-workshops will include: building a wicking planter (and a regular one for comparison), building a compost bin, installing an irrigation system in existing planters and a presentation of the permaculture design. (Bonus: no couch grass and no brambles!)
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

Harvest Festival at Stepney City Farm

Sunday 23rd September

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

Loads of fun things happening here, supported or led by our Lead Grower AND our amazing Young Volunteers. for a list of activities and more details see:

Tread Well on Earth – A 2-day Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September

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 details and bookings see

London Permaculture Network AGM 2018

Sunday 30th September, 11am – 12pm

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

The main business will be:

  • Elections for committee
  • Reports on our work in 2017/8 and plans for the coming year
  • Introductions to London Permaculture
  • LPN edge relationships

Following the AGM we will have a workshop – see below.

RetroSuburbia – Introducing and applying Permaculture Co-originator David Holgrem’s new book

Sunday 30th September, 1pm-6pm

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

The Permaculture Pattern Handbook for Resilience Households – Working with natural systems to retrofit your home and your lifestyle. Future proofing for uncertain times. We will introduce David Holmgren’s new epic Permaculture book and immerse ourselves for the afternoon.

The event is in two parts: 1pm to 2.30pm – Introduction to RetroSuburbia- A tour of this amazing book and website resource. From 3pm the workshop session carries on from the talk until 6pm – where we will go deeper and use the permaculture patterns in the book to practice retrofitting our own households.

Some knowledge of Permaculture would be useful but we will include an overview. This half day session is suitable for anyone looking for tools and strategies to effectively transform our households and neighbourhoods into more liveable, resilient places.

Facilitators : Ian Lillington & Jo Barker

More details :

Cafe Cairo

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 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?

Capital Growth training courses in September

Saturday 1st September, 10:30am – 1.30pm, How to start seed saving: Growing, saving and sharing, The Albany Garden, SE8
Wednesday 5th September, 6.00pm – 8.30pm, Growing autumn and winter vegetables, The Skip Garden, N1C
Saturday 8th September, 10.30am – 1.30pm, Making ointments, balms & salves, Spitalfields City Farm, E1
Wednesday 12th September, 6.00pm – 8.30pm, Income generation for community gardens, The Regent’s Park Allotment, NW1
Saturday 15th September, 10.30am – 4.00pm, Building earth pizza ovens, Wildcat Wilderness Garden, SE6
Wednesday 26th September, 6.00pm-9.00pm, Introduction to Honey Bee biology: Principles of sustainable beekeeping practice and wider environmental context, The Castle Climbing Centre Garden, N4
Saturday 29th September, 10.30am-1.30pm, Mushroom Cultivation for beginners, St Lukes Community Centre, EC1V

More information and links to booking pages here

Growing courses at OrganicLea

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

City and Guilds accredited courses – taking place at Hawkwood with OrganicLea tutors, starting in Autumn 2018 – Accredited and other structured learning opportunities are:

  • Work-based Horticulture Level 1 Award (City and Guilds) – starts Wednesday 19 September for 10 weeks
  • Food Growing Level 1 Award (City and Guilds) – starts Friday 28 September for 7 weeks
  • Horticulture Level 2: Extended Certificate (City and Guilds) – starts Tuesday 25th September for 30 weeks
  • Practical Horticulture Skills, Level 2 Certificate (City and Guilds) – starts Thursday 15th November for 25 weeks

For more details and booking see

Forthcoming Events

Permablitz at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Saturday 6th October, 10am-5:30pm

Hainault, East London

Come and help plant and find out about native forest garden plants on this permablitz. It is the second of three to implement a project funded by ‘Grow Wild’ (led by Kew Gardens) to showcase edible, wildlife-friendly plants that have been growing in Britain since ancient times.

Mini-workshops will cover ‘what are native plants?’, an overview of the plants, and an explanation of Forest Farm Peace Garden’s forest garden design and this new area being established.

RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here

Abundance Day at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Sunday October 14, 12pm-4pm

Forest Farm Allotments, end of Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault, London IG6 2XL

An annual event to celebrate our apple harvest and mark World Mental Health Day. Lots of great workshops, activities and food to enjoy for all. We look forward to seeing you there. More details:

Capital Growth training courses in early October

Sat 6th October, 10.30am-1.30pm, Make your own natural household & skincare products using common herbs Whetstone Stray Allotments, N12
Tue 9th October, 6.00pm-8.30pm, Introduction to forest gardening, Cecil Sharp House, NW1
Sat 13th October, 10.30am-1.30pm, Natural winter cures for coughs and colds, Spitalfields City Farm, E1

More information and links to booking pages here

London Permaculture Network – Interactive Project Map


The London Permaculture network has launched a map of permaculture, and permaculture-friendly projects in London. Go to 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

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.

Brighton Apple Day

Sunday 23rd September

Stanmer Park, Brighton BN1 9PZ, East Sussex

A wonderful, free, annual family event in and around the orchards of Stanmer Park. Apple Day features masses of apple-themed activities including: orchard tours, food & drink, storytelling, children’s activities, music, apple identification, fruit tree growing advice, fruit from our orchards to buy, a range of stalls selling local produce and a lot more. Not to be missed… the sun always shines! More information at

21st Century Permaculture Radio

Archive programmes available at

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

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,

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:

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.
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:
Burgess Park Food Project. Weekly open sessions :
General garden volunteering ~ every Sunday from 1pm-4pm
Grown in Peckham ~ growing to sell ~ every Thursday 1-4pm, shared lunch at 1pm.

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