October 2018 London Permaculture News

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

One day Intro to Permaculture

Saturday 6th October, 10am-4pm

Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Park, London N4

Permaculture is the practice of integrating specialisms & working with nature- the aim is improving our understanding of the world to design engaging environments that support ecology & community. We will look at: Ethics and principles, Design, Examples of permaculture, Observation
The day will be a lively, participatory and thought provoking experience with Claire White Dip. Perm. Des. – Permaculture practitioner & teacher. More details: https://www.permaculture.org.uk/education/course/one-day-intro-permaculture

Introduction to Forest Gardening

Tuesday 9th October, 6.00pm-8.30pm

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

A Forest Garden is a designed agronomic system based on trees, shrubs and perennial plants. These are mixed in such a way as to mimic the structure of a natural forest – the most stable and sustainable type of ecosystem in this climate. In this session, you can discover how to implement these principles within an urban context and beyond. Trainer – Susannah Hall. To book see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-forest-gardening-tickets-45768601118

Abundance Day at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Sunday October 14, 12pm-4pm

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

Our annual autumn event to celebrate our apple harvest and mark World Mental Health Day. Join us for wellbeing and art activities, workshops, therapies, children’s activities, craft and produce stalls, apple juice pressing, hot food and cakes.
Workshop programme: Introduction to forest gardening and UK native plants; herbal balm making; wild food foraging with the history and folklore of apples; nature connection and wellbeing; recycled art & craft making; learn to knit or crochet.Free entry, donations welcome.  More details: https://www.forestfarmpeacegarden.org/

Good Food Good Farming March

Sunday 14th October, 11:30am-13:30pm

Parliament Square, London SW1

We all have a right to good food – it’s a basic human right! As the UK prepares to leave the European Union and the Agriculture Bill is being finalized we need to ensure farmers are able to produce nutritious ecological, healthy food and everybody has guaranteed access to it. Join us to demand a better, healthier food system and support for ecological farming, ahead of World Food Day (16th) and negotiation of the UK’s Agriculture Bill. More info at https://www.goodfoodmarch.org/

How to create a plant community of autumn salads and spring bulbs

Thursday 18th October, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN

Come and find out how to create a plant community by combining plants that play different roles, where each contributes to what the others need. We will be planting autumn salad seeds and spring bulbs. You will learn about how the autumn salads contribute to the fertility of the soil and support the growth of the bulbs. Some of the earliest plants to flower in late winter/spring are bulbs: snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils etc. They provide much needed nectar during the first part of the year to bees and we will be planting them in preparation for the installation of the Battersea Arts Centre Community Garden. Organised by Permablitz London, free to attend. Please email info@permablitzlondon.com for more details.

Build Your Own Solar Charger

Saturday 20th October

Unit C, 59 Ladywell Road, Lewisham, London, SE13 7UT

Create your own portable solar charger from re-used materials able to power phones and USB devices. Take your charger home at the end of the day, all materials provided, including charging components, bring a friend and get 10% off, book with Introduction to Off-grid Systems and save £15. 95% of public workshop attendees rated our course as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.  More info at https://www.demandenergyequality.org/

Permablitz at Glengall Wharf Garden

Sunday 21st October, 10am-5pm

Peckham, South London

Come and find out about compost – the morning of this permablitz will consist of a workshop all about compost and then in the afternoon we will be laying down compost on the spot in the form of a lasagne mulch over the forest garden. We have been laying down a lasagne mulch of cardboard, manure and woodchip every year since the first permablitz at Glengall Wharf Garden in September 2013 so you will have a chance to see how the soil and the plants have developed since then.
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.

RHS Urban Garden Show

26-28 October 2018

Westminster, London SW1P 2QW

London Permaculture will be at the RHS Urban Garden Show with a stall, doing a scheduled Introduction to Permaculture talk, and running a series of botanical tie dye workshops. We are seeking volunteers for the stall, and will have a timetable so you get a chance to see the rest of the show as well. If you would like to help out, please email Susannah, letting her know when you can make it, at info@permablitzlondon.com

Introduction to Permaculture

Tuesday 30th October

The South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road, London SE24 9AQ

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. We will look at where you can see permaculture applied at Permaculture Learning and Demonstration sites around London and we will also consider how attendees can apply permaculture in their own lives.
Speaker: Susannah Hall, head gardener at Cecil Sharp House permaculture LAND project and for several private gardens. She is a permaculture designer and offers training in permaculture design and gardening. Tickets from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-permaculture-tickets-50403846261

Capital Growth training courses in October

Saturday 6th October, 10.30am-1.30pm, Make your own natural household & skincare products using common herbs, Whetstone Stray Allotments, N12
Tuesday 9th October, 6.00pm-8.30pm, Introduction to forest gardening, Cecil Sharp House, NW1
Saturday 13th October, 10.30am-1.30pm, Natural winter cures for coughs and colds, Spitalfields City Farm, E1
Saturday 20th October, 10.30am-1.30pm, Sustainable cut and edible flowers for enterprise, Sydenham Garden, SE23
More information and links to booking pages here https://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Stir to Action’s New Economy Programme – workshop discount

Book your place for New Economy workshops October – July

Stir to Action have launched an exciting New Economy Programme, a year of 30 workshops, residentials, free mentoring, and live crowdfunding in Bristol, Oxford, and London! See the full programme here, and to receive a 20% discount off any workshop (£60 instead of £75), email the code ‘PermieLondonNEP’ to workshops@stirtoaction.com.

Musical Compost for the Soul!

West Aussie permaculture band, Formidable Vegetable are making a new album called Earth People Fair inspired by the permaculture ethics! There’s a week to go on their crowdfunding campaign & heaps of fun rewards/music left to give away. Get behind it: bit.ly/earthpeoplefair

Forthcoming Events

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 10th November – Sunday 11th November

Arc Hall, Hoathly Hill Community, West Hoathly RH194SJ

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

Understanding all about fruit trees

Thursday 15th November • 6.30pm-8.30pm

Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN

This workshop will explain how fruit trees grow and what to consider when planting them. As well as explaining rootstocks, pollination partners and spacing, the workshop will also look at how to create an ecological design to support your fruit trees. Organised by Permablitz London, free to attend. Please email info@permablitzlondon.com for more details.

Permaculture Association Annual General Tree Planting Meeting

Saturday 17th November, 11am – 5pm

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

Join us for our first ever AGTPM – An Annual General Tree Planting Meeting!
This year we will be meeting at Stepney City Farm to present the annual review and accounts, elect new trustees, look at our strategy, run some fantastic practical workshops and plant some trees. Whether you can join us in Stepney or not, now is a great time to start thinking about where you could plant a tree (or more) this winter. Treeplanting is a brilliant and inclusive activity for young and old and every one planted helps our world. We want to make tree planting a regular part of what the Association does, and celebrate the practical work we do in permaculture. For more information and booking go to

London Permaculture Network – Interactive Project Map


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/

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

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

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