March 2019 London Permaculture News

Permablitz at Reay Primary School

Saturday 2nd March, 10am-5pm

The Oval, south London

This will be the second permablitz organised at Reay Primary School garden and we will be getting busy digging out and setting up the pond and making planters and planting fruit trees as part of the project to create a sensory-edible garden for children aged 3-11 years. We will welcome adults and children – the more the merrier and there will be jobs for all! The mini-workshops will include an explanation of how to plant up a pond and planting bare-rooted fruit trees in winter. You’ll also have a chance to learn basic woodworking skills including sawing and drilling.
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.

Dawson’s Hill Orchard – Winter Tree Care

Tuesday 5th March, 10:30am-2pm

Dawson’s Hill, Dunstans Road, London SE22 0GZ

Dawson’s Hill Orchard sits right below Dawson’s Heights estate in Dulwich, south east London. The orchard consists of several veteran pear and plum trees thought to be around 100 years old. There are also a number of young fruit trees planted in recent years. Free, more info and to book a place go to

Community Power: stories of London’s energy revolution

Tuesday, 5th March 6:30pm-8pm

The Printworks, 139 Clapham Road, London SW9 0HP

Friends of the Earth invites you to an evening of inspirational stories from Community Energy London. Join us to hear more about building an inner-city anaerobic digester, putting solar on urban farms and schools, and helping vulnerable people to stay warm and switch to cleaner energy providers. Tickets are free but please book in advance here

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden practical session

Friday 8th March, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

Come along to learn about soil-testing and plant division as we carry out practical tasks in the Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to

Permablitz at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Saturday 9th March, 10am-5pm

Hainault, East London

Come and join us for the third permablitz to implement a project funded by ‘Grow Wild’ (led by Kew Gardens) to create an area of forest garden to showcase edible, wildlife-friendly plants that have been growing in Britain since ancient times. We will be preparing the soil and doing a lot of planting, some from seed. We’ll also be setting up a shelter area with trellis for native climbers.
Mini-workshops will cover ‘what are native plants?’, an explanation of Forest Farm Peace Garden’s forest garden design and this new area being established and ’the best way to establish new plants through their first year’.
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.

Organic food growing for beginners

Saturday 9th March & Saturday 23rd March, 10:30am-1pm

The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, Regents Park, London NW1 4NR

If you want to start growing food but don’t know where to start, this course is for you! From understanding your space to what can be grown and growing techniques, we’ll go through all the essential steps to start a successful organic food growing space. We’ll focus on organic techniques and we’ll go through plants life cycle, soil, crop rotation, seed sowing and transplanting.
Organised by Capital Growth. More information and links to booking pages here

Planting seeds for the Northwick Park Community Garden

Thursday 14th March, 7pm-9pm

Church Of The Annunciation, 194 Windermere Ave, HA9 8QT Wembley

This workshop will show you how to successfully plant seeds. Susannah will explain what you need to consider when planting seeds and you’ll have a chance to put what you have learnt into practice and plant some seeds that you can take home to look after. This is a community garden workshop where some of the seeds you have sown will hopefully grow into plants we can plant in the Northwick Park Community Garden. There will also be the opportunity to plant seeds you bring with you as well.
Please bring the following if you are able: yoghurt pots, egg boxes, seed trays and anything else you could plant seeds in. We will have some containers and will also bring seed compost and seeds (although you can bring your own seeds if you want to see how to plant them). Tickets: £10 buy here:

East London Permaculture

Thursday 14th March, 7pm

Grow Hackney, 98C Wallis Road, Main Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5LN

We are starting this permaculture group for East London, hoping as numbers grow that we start branching and start Permaculture groups for each borough in East London. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Grow in Hackney Wick, E9 5LN. You can join us in learning and discussing Urban Permaculture, how to grow your own organic food, health & nutrition and sustainable design. We also discuss plans for a new community garden in Hackney. For more details see

Adults’ solidarity strike with Climate school strike

Friday 15th March 2019

everywhere in the UK & world

Let’s show that we stand in support with Greta and all the young people striking for climate on 15th March. Young people will lead the way, but we want to show that we support them in their fight to get our governments and businesses to act immediately, to ensure a future free of climate catastrophe for our youth and children. See for more details

Grafting Day

Sunday 17th March, 10.30am-1pm

Edible Landscapes London, Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ

Come and learn how to create new fruit trees using a method known as grafting, which is essentially tree cloning. We will be grafting cuttings from fruit trees known as ‘scions’ onto rootstocks. Apple scions will be grafted onto apple rootstocks and service tree scions will be grafted onto hawthorn rootstocks, using knives. We will take you through the whole process you will come away with a better understanding of the process and some practical experience. More info and booking at

Talk at Kew Gardens – agroforestry and nut cultivation in the Southern Appalachians

Monday 18th March 6pm-7pm

Jodrell Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London TW9 3AE

As part of the annual KMIS winter lecture series held at RBG, Kew, two 30 minute lectures will be presented by horticultural students who have undertaken travel scholarships. ‘Nut Culture & Cultivation in the Southern Appalachians’, will introduce several successful agroforestry projects in the region, planting designs, species selection, production of harvests and the opportunities for development in the UK. The lecture will conclude with audience questions. Tickets: £2.50 (pay on the night). More details of lecture programme at

Cranford Park Orchard – Tree ID labels and mulching

Thursday 21st March, 10:30am-3:30pm

Cranford Park, The Parkway, Cranford, London TW5 9RZ

Cranford Park Friends, London Borough of Hillingdon and The Orchard Project are working together to restore the orchard at Cranford Park. There has been an orchard on the site for at least 150 years, and although the current orchard is only 15 years old, it is of real value with 47 different varieties of apple and pear growing together. More info and booking at

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden practical session

Friday 22nd March, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

In this session we’ll be planting micro greens and seeds for the summer along with other practical tasks in the Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to

Human & Planetary Ecology

23rd-24th March, 10am-5pm

Omved Gardens, Townsend Yard, Highgate, London N6 5JF

Lori Hillman returns for her Five Elements and Food Energetics workshop series. An experiential workshop for learning and healing. We will use tools from the tradition of Five Element Taoist medicine. This ancient wisdom, with its practical solutions, is as appropriate today, if not more so, than it was 4,000 years ago.
Omved is an urban greenscape nestled behind Highgate High Street. Until recently, a wounded and tarmacked wasteland, it is being transformed into a diverse eco habitat with a wild flower meadow, an orchard and a vegetable garden. Through collaboration with artists, architects, chefs, musicians and horticulturalists we are exploring the nature of the relationship between people and our connection to the environment. Bookings and more details at

Permablitz at Clare’s garden

Saturday 30th March, 10am-5pm

Kentish Town, North London

We are going to be planting a miniature forest garden in Clare’s small back garden in Kentish Town that will include a wide variety of unusual edible perennials. We’ll also be setting up some espalier fruit trees and planting climbers for the walls. This will be both an edible and ornamental garden so come along and find out how many of the common ornamental garden plants are also edible.
Mini-workshops will include ‘training an espalier tree’ and ‘eating our ornamental garden plants’.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers (lunch is provided) and then we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

Permaculture Magazine Prize 2019

Are you a Permaculture project or community? Then why not submit an entry to the £25,000 Permaculture Prize 2019, read all about it here: we want to highlight and support the best projects worldwide. Entries now open, please share today.

Forthcoming Events

Permablitz London Design Guild

starts Monday 1st April

held at Nubian Life Centre, White City and Cecil Sharp House, Camden

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 1st April, Monday 8th April, Monday 15th April, Monday 29th April, Monday 13th May, Monday 20th May, Monday 3rd June, Monday 10th June, Monday 17th June, Monday 24th June

Pre-booking essential: if you would like to come along please email Kayode or Susannah to register and for further details at

Build Camp 7, Spring 2019

starts Monday, 1st April 9am

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

During this camp we are building a large fully insulated roundhouse with green roof, whiskey barrel walls, doors & windows, suspended floor etc. Organiclea Workers Coop will use this crowd funded building as a teaching space. We ask a minimum commitment of two weeks but the longer you can spend with us the better. We’ll be spending 3 months on this build and we’ll all be camping, eating & working together on-site for the duration.
This is a REAL, FULL BUILD on-site, so you’ll need to be physically fit and competent with tools. You’ll also need to be self-sufficient as we’ll be living outdoors in basic conditions. 18yrs +. If you would like to join us please apply through the website as spaces are limited. More info at

Capital Growth workshop: Permaculture Polycultures: Getting more from your plot

Tuesday 2nd April, 6pm-9pm

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

Come and find out how incorporating simple polyculture designs into annual growing plans can increase overall yield and variety, help improve soil structure and moisture retention, build fertile soil, attract pollinators and insect pest predators while increasing wildlife habitats. Going beyond traditional companion planting, this workshop will explain how to use permaculture guilds to create plant alliances among species with different niches above and below ground, in which each plant contributes to the benefit of all. It will include information about how to integrate unusual edible perennials with more common annuals. Suitable for all levels of experience.
Click here for tickets:

Seed planting for unusual summer salads

Sunday 7th April, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

for more details contact Permablitz London

Capital Growth workshop: Better Together: Companion planting & natural pest control

Tuesday 9th April, 6pm-8.30pm

Rainbow Grow, Hackney CVS, 24-30 Dalston Ln, E8 3AZ

Come and find out how to combine plants to create mutually supportive plant communities to enhance fertility and strengthen resistance to pests and diseases. The session will look at the different roles plants play and examine the importance of supporting the soil to enhance plant health.
Click here for tickets:

EUGIC 2019 LONDON: 3rd European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference

10th–11th April

Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

Join the urban greening revolution! Leading urban green infrastructure experts and practitioners from Europe and beyond celebrating nature-based solutions for climate-adapted, resilient, healthy cities. See for more details

Permablitz at May Project Gardens

Sunday 14th April, 10am-5.30pm

May Project Gardens, Merton, South London

Come along for this permablitz at May Project Gardens, where we will be implementing a low-maintenance permaculture design: renovating the planting with unusual edible perennials, adding an irrigation system and creating a bed to grow the ‘three sisters’ – corn, beans and squash. As well as most of the new plants being edible they will also provide flowers with nectar for bees and butterflies and an aesthetically beautiful space for visitors to the garden. There will be mini-workshops on ‘the three sisters’, setting up an irrigation system and giving details of the unusual edible perennials.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers (lunch is provided) and then we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

Capital Growth training in early April

Permaculture polycultures: Getting more from your plot Tue 2nd April, 6pm. Cecil Sharp House, NW1 7AY
Understanding soil life, composting and wormeries Sat 6th April, 10:30am. The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, NW1 4NR
Better together – Companion planting & natural pest control Tue 9th April, 6pm. Rainbow Grow, E8 3AZ
Feed the soil not the plants: test, maintain and improve soil quality Sat 13th April, 10:30am. Cody Dock, E16 4TL
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.

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,

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:

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:
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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