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July 2019 London Permaculture News

London Permaculture Festival, 7th July, Cecil Sharp house

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

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, a stalls market, a ‘families at the festival’ zone and Children in Permaculture module (see below). 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 International Conference at Cecil Sharp House on Monday 8th July. Festival module:
  • 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


Children in Permaculture International Conference

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/


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 plant teas and aerated compost teas to support it.
During the session we will make our own plant tea, and apply it to the garden. Trainer – Susannah Hall. More details and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understand-and-support-the-soil-food-web-tickets-57010000446

See Susannah’s article about the importance of the soil-food-web for Jellied Eel magazine here.

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 for the children’s Festival Garden Trail. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Essex Scythe Weekend with Claire White

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July

Willow Bank Farm, Magdalen Laver, Essex CM5 0EE

A scything workshop at Willowbank Farm, run by experienced scything trainer Claire White. So if you fancy learning the art of scything or just feel like getting away from it all, while learning something new, camping, outdoor cooking and meeting new people, then this is for you. More details at https://spiralseed.co.uk/2019/06/19/essex-scythe-weekend-with-claire-white-willow-bank-farm-magdalen-laver-essex/

Keeping Chickens

Saturday 13th July, 10am-1pm

Benhill Allotments, 149 Benhill Rd, Sutton SM1 3SB

Learn the basics for keeping your own chickens, including where and how to house them, daily maintenance and what to feed them. Also get the chance to see and handle a range of breeds. All welcome and no experience needed. More details: https://www.ecolocal.org.uk/highlight/keeping-chickens-saturday-13th-july-2019/

The Magic of Trees: Introducing Tree Identification, Biology & Ecology

Sunday 14th July, 10am-4pm

Hackney Community Tree Nursery, Hackney Marshes (entrance off car park opposite Sports Pav), Homerton, London E9 5PF

We are making a year-long series of Sundays at the lush Hackney Tree Nursery & Forest Garden, to bring us into contact with the lore, the wisdom, the medicine, the craft and the magic of our tree communities and their value in our ecologies. Each day will be a gathering to share knowledge, practical activity and connection with the land, marking a cycle and season of the year, and focusing on a different theme connecting with the season. More info and booking here: https://ticketlab.co.uk/series/id/42

Gardening with Nature Session at Cecil Sharp House

Friday 19th July, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

Come along to this session where we’ll be planting seeds for autumn salads, mulching and deadheading. We’ll be applying comfrey tea and aerated compost tea. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden day of health and wellbeing

Saturday 20th July, 10am-4pm

Nubian Life, 50 Ellerslie Road, London W12 7BW

Come and join us at the Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden for a day of health and wellbeing as part of the National Park City Festival. Find out about growing salads, herbs and flowers by a window. Start the morning with an outdoor yoga session, find out about herbal teas, how to make a healing cream from flowers and many other activities. Children’s activities run through the day: Facepainting, Meet the mini-beasts in the garden, Plant a seed for the bees and butterflies to grow at home, Nature art.

Timetable of workshops:
10:00 to 10:30 Garden Yoga
10:45 to 11:30 Herbal teas workshop – find out about herbal teas and their health benefits
11:45 to 12:30 Window box growing workshop – find out about how you can incorporate plants into your home by growing salads, herbs and flowers by a window
12:30 to 14:00 Lunch – come and join us for soup and salad from the garden
14:00 to 14:30 Garden tour – find out about the unusual edible plants in the miniature forest garden
14:45 to 16:15 Skin cream workshop – how to make a healing cream for your skin from flowers
10:00 to 16:00 Plant a salad pot to take away and grow on your windowsill Try some herbal teas and learn about different plants you could grow to produce your own herbal teas
To secure a place on any of the workshops email jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk specifying which workshop(s) you would like to book a place on (spaces are limited).
Everyone is very welcome to drop-in throughout the day to enjoy any of the ongoing activities. We look forward to seeing you there.

Introduction to Forest Gardening

Saturday 27th July, 10:00am-4:30pm

OrganicLea, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, London, E4 7UH

Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production system, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables. The design principles can be replicated in even the smallest of urban gardens – find out how, and learn how to implement this abundant system in your own garden or community space with Graham Burnett, author of Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide and the Vegan Book of Permaculture and experienced forest gardener. More info and booking: https://spiralseed.co.uk/product/design-4-life-introduction-to-forest-gardening-one-day-course-with-graham-burnett/

Bud-Grafting Fruit Trees

Saturday 27th July, 10.30am-3.30pm

The Lodge, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NX

Learn how to propagate fruit trees by budding in our new one day workshop. More info: https://www.ecolocal.org.uk/highlight/bud-grafting-fruit-trees-one-day-workshop/

Capital Growth Courses in July

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

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
Facilitating nature connection, play and natural movement for community building. Tuesday 16th July, 18:00. St Mary’s Garden, Hoxton, E2 8EL
Growing autumn and winter veg. Wednesday 17th July, 18.00. Regent’s Park Allotment Garden NW1 4NR
Environmental therapy workshop: Attunement to nature and seasonal cycles. Saturday 20th July, 10.30. Whetstone Stray Allotments N12 7DX
Mindful gardening: Slow grows it. Wednesday 24th July, 18.00. Whetstone Stray Allotments N12 7DX

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

Forthcoming Events

Capital Growth events in early August

Building earth pizza ovens. Saturday 3rd August 10.30am, Sydenham Garden Resource Centre.
Growing autumn and winter veg. Wednesday 14th August, 6pm, The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden

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.




February 2020 London Permaculture News

The Magic of Trees #4 – Intro to Woodland Management

Sunday 2nd February, 10am-4pm

Hackney Community Tree Nursery, Hackney Marshes (entrance off car park opposite Sports Pav), London E9 5PF

Into the new year with The Magic of Trees, our fourth journey into the seasonal life and cycles of the wondrous tree beings that offer us so much. This day will span an overview of woodland management, both at the Tree Nursery and across the road in Wick Woods, where we will do some winter tree ID and harvest hazel wands. There will be fire, learning, poetry and joyful connection with the trees in this silent moment before they burst into bud once more. For more info and booking see https://ticketlab.co.uk/series/id/83

Progression Opportunities at Organic Lea

Courses and Opportunities begin Friday 7th February 2:15pm

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

Over the last 5 years, inspired by volunteers and City and Guilds graduates, OrganicLea has supported graduates into garden maintenance work. This support has taken various forms. Going into the 2020 season we are holding opportunities for people who want to develop skills and experience as part of a garden maintenance collective. There are three ways that you can connect to this learning :
4 week course to build confidence: ‘Setting up a Gardening Enterprise’: This is an AQA Award course. Classroom based at Hawkwood running from 25 February 2020 until the 17 March 2020 (Tuesdays, 10-3)
6 week course to build skills and knowledge in: Sustainable Garden Maintenance – AQA Unit Award Scheme. Starting Friday 21 February for 6 weeks, 10-3.
Joining OrganicLea Gardeners (OLG) – work experience opportunity to be part of OrganicLea’s annual incubation ‘garden maintenance’ team. Find out more on Friday 7 February, 2.15 – 4.15

For more information see https://www.organiclea.org.uk/2020/01/progression-opportunities-garden-enterprise/

Planting Container Orchard In Elephant & Castle

Saturday 8th February, 10.30am

Perronet House, 44 Princess Street, London SE1 6JR

We will be working with residents of Perronet House, a tower block on the Elephant & Castle roundabout in south London, to make a concrete area of their estate beautiful and fruitful, planting fruit trees in large containers. If you want to help and get some exercise in the process, please email stephanie@theorchardproject.org.uk. Refreshments provided!

Growing a Healthy Community Garden: New ideas for a New Decade

Thursday 13th February, 10am-3.30pm

Dragon Hall Trust, 17 Stukeley Street, Holborn, London WC2B 5LT

Join Social Farms and Gardens to explore opportunities for the future in community farming, gardening and growing. We’ll be introducing new opportunities for our members, including the accredited European Gardeniser training programme, our Gardens of Sanctuary resources on working with refugees and asylum seekers, and the UGAIN European programme which explores community integration and the sharing of cultures through community growing. Plus, volunteers go free! Further information and book online at https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/events/growing-healthy-community-garden-new-ideas-new-decade-london

Gardening with Nature at Cecil Sharp House

Friday 21st February, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

These Gardening with Nature sessions provide an opportunity to learn about maintaining the Cecil Sharp House permaculture garden through the year. In this session we’ll be pruning the edible hedge and cleaning the ponds.
If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Fruit Tree Pruning workshop

Saturday 22nd February, 2pm-4.30pm

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

The fruit trees are dormant through winter so it is the ideal time to prune them. This workshop will explain the benefits of pruning fruit trees and go through how to approach pruning them. There will be a practical session pruning the trees in the Cecil Sharp House garden. We will also look at preparing your tools and other winter fruit tree maintenance.
Tickets: £20/£10 concs. buy them at https://billetto.co.uk/e/fruit-tree-pruning-workshop-tickets-410178

Weekend Course Series: Orchard Foundations

Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd Feb, 10am-3pm

Kentish Town City Farm, 1 Cressfield Close, Kentish Town, London NW5 4BN

Join The Orchard Project for the Orchard Foundations Weekend Course, a two-day introduction to orchard foundations at Kentish Town City Farm. You’ll come away from this weekend feeling empowered and more confident about getting the best from your fruit trees after learning all the orchard basics. Saturday with Jo Homan: fruit tree identification; tree physiology, processes and lifecycles; assessing tree health; orchard history. Sunday with Lewis McNeill: orchard care plans; pruning principles; practical winter pruning; mulching; halo pruning; guard management. More info and booking at https://www.theorchardproject.org.uk/events/orchard-foundations-weekend-course/

Northwick Park Community Garden edible perennial planting – half day permablitz

Sunday 23rd February, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Northwick Park, Harrow, London HA1 3GX

We are meeting up for a planting session at the Northwick Park Garden. Come along to find out more about low-maintenance perennials we’re planting that will have edible flowers, leaves, stalks and roots. They will also provide food an habitats for wildlife in the garden. We will be meeting at 1.15pm in the Northwick Park Pavilion car park. If you would like to come along please RSVP to northwickparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com so we know how many people to expect.

Organic food growing for beginners

Wednesday 26th February, 6pm-8.30pm

The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, 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. For more information on this and other Capital Growth course see https://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Workshop: Making your garden wildlife friendly

Thursday 27th February, 7pm-9pm

Function Room at The Windermere Pub, Windermere Ave, Wembley HA9 8QT

Your garden can provide a crucial habitat and an important feast for suburban wildlife. This workshop will explore how you can maximise both habitats and food for wildlife. We’ll be making bee hotels for the Northwick Park Garden. Organised by Northwick Park Community Garden and Permablitz London. For booking see https://www.northwickparkcommunitygarden.com/news-events or email northwickparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com

Tread Well on Earth at Roupell Park Estate – A 2-Day Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 29th February to Sunday 1st March

Roupell Park Estate Community Centre, 7 Upper Tulse Hill, Brixton, London SW2 2AL

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. More information and booking at http://www.sociallandscapes.co.uk/events/2019/work-with-nature-2-day-introduction-to-permaculture-roupell-park

Gardening Club at Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden

Saturday 29th February, 10.30am-1.30pm

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

Come and join us for these sessions in the garden and learn about how to grow and maintain a permaculture, wildlife-friendly, ecological and edible garden. For this session we’ll be planting vegetable and flower seeds for our summer 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.
Further information www.josiahbraithwaitecommunitygarden.org.uk. Please let us know if you are coming by emailing jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk

Special Request from Permaculture Association

The Permaculture Association is holding its annual Gathering for apprentices and tutors within the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design in London on 7-8 March. Would anyone be able to provide overnight accommodation for attendees?
If anyone can help, they can either email Cath at diploma@permaculture.org.uk – or post on the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/640798896449435/

 


Forthcoming events

Bergamotte Pop-Up Jungle

Thursday 5th March – Sunday 8th March

Dray Walk Gallery, Ely’s Yard, London, E1 6QL

Our Pop-Up Jungle is back! An urban greenhouse with a selection of more than 4,000 plants: hanging, exotic, graphic or prickly – there’s something for everyone and for every budget. We’ll also have a huge selection of accessories for you to pair with your new plants! See https://www.facebook.com/events/2783003145097782/ for more information.

Gardening with Nature at Cecil Sharp House

Friday 6th March, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

These Gardening with Nature sessions provide an opportunity to learn about maintaining the Cecil Sharp House permaculture garden through the year. In this session we’ll be propagating plants by dividing and transferring plants in the garden.
If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Gardening Club at Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden

Saturday 7th and 14th March, 10.30am-1.30pm

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

Come and join us for these sessions in the garden and learn about how to grow and maintain a permaculture, wildlife-friendly, ecological and edible garden. For these sessions we’ll be planting more seeds for the summer and making bee and bug hotels. 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.
Further information www.josiahbraithwaitecommunitygarden.org.uk
Please let us know if you are coming by emailing jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk

Diploma Gathering 2020

Saturday 7th March to Sunday 8th March

Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, London, SE11 6DN

Join us in the Spring for an inspiring and uplifting weekend of Diploma-related workshops, networking and celebrating as two Apprentices present their final portfolios and receive their Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. We’ll be holding the event in London for the first time. Accommodation is not included, so you’ll need to arrange that yourself. For booking and more information see https://www.permaculture.org.uk/noticeboard/event/conference/diploma-gathering-2020

Design 4 Action – Permaculture Design Course

Starts Saturday 7th March for 6 weekends

Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Gate, Finsbury Park, London N4 2DE

This full Permaculture Design Course offers positive design for your life, your community and your world by empowering the genius inside all of us! Running in Spring 2020 at Furtherfield Commons in Finsbury Park, this course 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. Dates: 6 weekends (total 12 days) on Sat 7 – Sun 8 March 2020, Sat 21 – 22 March 2020, Sat 4 – Sun 5 April 2020, Sat 18 – Sun 19 April 2020, Sat 2 – Sun 3 May 2020, Sat 16 – Sun 17 May 2020 Times: 10am – 4.30pm. For more information and booking see https://spiralseed.co.uk/product/design-4-action-full-permaculture-design-course-finsbury-park/

Three Acres And A Cow

Thursday 12 March, 6.30pm

St. Margaret’s House Hall, 21 Old Ford Road, London E29PL

‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues like Brexit, fracking, the housing crisis and food sovereignty movement via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people’s history of England in folk song, stories and poems. For more information see https://threeacresandacow.co.uk/

Capital Growth Training in March

Organic Food Growing For Beginners, Wed 11th March, 6pm. The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, NW1 4NR
Understanding Soil Life, Composting and Wormeries, Wednesday 25th Mrach 6pm. The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, NW1, 4NR
For more information on Capital Growth courses see 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.



September 2020 London Permaculture News

London Permaculture News for September

The London Permaculture Newsletter will continue to publicise events related to permaculture as they move online. Though we have to keep a physical distance to protect ourselves and others we can still stay connected online. Please continue to tell us about your online events by emailing info@londonpermaculture.com – see the bottom of the newsletter for more details.

Stir to Action’s Playground for the New Economy Online festival

1st-3rd September 2020

Join us to be challenged and inspired by our unique line-up of contributors, all offering provocative ideas about, and innovative alternatives to, the current political and economic landscape.We’re online this year we’re pulling out all the stops to give you an amazing festival experience, even without the field. That means you can join in from wherever you are. £10 online festival tickets now on sale. More details at www.stirtoaction.com/festival

Capital Growth Online Training

Wednesday 2nd September, 6pm
Growing Autumn and Winter Vegetables
Find out how you can grow your own vegetables all year round to find out what will grow and what you can harvest. You never know, you might come away with a different perception of these underestimated seasons.
Wednesday 9th September, 6pm
No Dig Gardening and Mulching Techniques
Find out why no-dig gardening is so good for the soil (and your crops!) and how mulching can help you to achieve soil health.

For more details and booking see https://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

Planting salads for the winter

Tuesday 8th September 7pm-8.30pm

Now is the time to plant salads to sustain you over the winter months. This  Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden workshop will explain what they are, including some unusual, less well-known salad plants. They are simple to grow so join us to find out how. This will be an online workshop delivered via Zoom. It is free to attend, you just need to register by emailing jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk

The Ecology of Wellbeing – An Online Introduction to Permaculture

Tuesday 8th September to Thursday 17th September

On this online introduction to Permaculture course you’ll be taking a few steps into a positive future. Permaculture shows us how we humans can find our healthy place in nature and shift from separation, scarcity and disease to an ecology of wellbeing. On this face-to-face live online course you’ll be in a virtual classroom, where you’re able to engage with others, contribute and ask questions. We’ll be covering the basics of Permaculture Design and by the end of the course, you will be ready to try it out in your garden, your workplace and your life. More details and booking at https://www.sociallandscapes.co.uk/events/2020/ecology-of-wellbeing-a-face-to-face-online-introduction-to-permaculture

Building an anti-racist farming movement with Leah Penniman

Wednesday 9th September, 7pm

The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) and Land In Our Names (LION) are excited to be hosting a webinar with Leah Penniman from Soul Fire Farm to explore how we build an antiracist farming movement in the UK. Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol farmer, author, mother, and food justice activist who has been tending the soil and organizing for an anti-racist food system for over 20 years. She currently serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a people-of-color led project that works toward food and land justice. Her new book is Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land. More details and booking at: https://landworkersalliance.org.uk/class/leah-penniman/

Permaculture Association members’ social – September

Wednesday 12th August, 7pm

Monthly member socials are a place to meet and connect with other members. Share your ideas and get your questions answered through small group discussions and whole group Q&A. This month’s theme is “Zone 00” – permaculture applied to our mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. We can explore the challenges we’ve faced, and share ideas and resources that we’ve found useful. More details and booking at https://www.permaculture.org.uk/noticeboard/event/monthly-social/members-social-september

Permaculture Association – Trustees Wanted

Apply anytime – closing date Friday 18th September 2020

At this critical point for the future of the planet, the Permaculture Association (Britain) has adopted a new, ambitious strategic plan. We’re looking for new trustees that share our values & commitment to achieving a sustainable & flourishing future. We are looking for individuals who share our commitment, energy and passion for meaningful change. Would you like to join us?

The skills and experience we are looking for are set out in the trustee recruitment pack available on our website. However, your energy and commitment are just as important to us and full training is available. As an inclusive employer we recognise that our volunteers need to reflect better the communities in which we live and work. We encourage applications from all sections of the community. We’re committed to creating an organisation that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities.

Trustees are required to attend monthly online Board meetings and bi-annual face-to-face weekend meetings. They will also be invited to join one or more of the Board’s sub-committees. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible so that we have a chance to meet and discuss the post in advance of elections at the Annual General Meeting. Ideally, please apply before 18 September and not later than 16 October.

For more details and to complete an application please visit www.permaculture.org.uk/trustee-vacancy

Capital Growth Urban Harvest Online

Friday 18th September to Sunday 27th September

Check out our creative programme from interesting talks to fun and silly veg competitions for the whole family.  We’re running some of the events ourselves (including shining a spotlight on our Community Harvest initiative) and we’re promoting events that other projects and gardens are running too.  We hope you’ll be able to pop in for some or all of the programme to help celebrate all the amazing work taking place on the ground in the community food growing movement right now.

More information at https://www.capitalgrowth.org/urban-harvest/

London Digital Harvest Festival

Saturday 19th September

Join in the fun of London Digital Harvest Festival. We are inviting the world into the buzzing life of London’s city farms and gardens by going online. It will be a free, ticketed event, with a cosy welcoming feel. We will release exclusive films, photos and podcasts made in advance by staff and volunteers of London’s farms and gardens. See more details at https://londonharvestfestival.wordpress.com/. We will broadcast live on the day, with cook-alongs, craft-alongs,live compering and a fireside Zoom for staff and volunteers. Book a free ticket at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-digital-harvest-festival-tickets-115566543643

Green manures to improve your soil

Tuesday 22nd September 7pm-8.30pm

Join Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden to find out about green manures and how they can benefit the soil. Now is the time to consider what green manures you are going to plant over winter to cover soil that you have cleared after growing vegetables.
This will be an online workshop delivered via Zoom. It is free to attend, you just need to register by emailing jbcg@nubianlife.org.uk

Northern Real Farming Conference

Monday 28th September to Saturday 10th October

The inaugural on-line Northern Real Farming Conference will be run in partnership with the Oxford Real Farming Conference. The Northern Real Farming Conference is a unique opportunity to meet the people putting new models of farming into practice, be inspired by those who have been farming for some time, and connect with other farmers facing their own challenges in producing good, affordable food for healthy communities. More details, and booking at https://www.northernrealfarming.org/

Forthcoming Events

Green Architecture Sessions 2020

Monday 21st September  – Saturday 3rd October

The Green Architecture Day team brings together the industry’s leading professionals to talk about holistic circular design and solutions to create a built environment that works for both people and planet. Kicking off on the 21st September the two-week event will host a series of online lunchtime talks, Q&A’s, panel discussion and breakout sessions where you will be able to get your questions answered by the architecture and construction industry’s leading professionals. More details and booking at https://brightonpermaculture.org.uk/events/event/green-architecture-day/

National Online Permaculture Convergence 2020

Friday 16th October to Sunday 18th October

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our very first online permaculture convergence on 16 – 18 October 2020. More details to follow soon, but it will be hosted via Crowdcast, with a gift economy payment system. Stay tuned to https://www.permaculture.org.uk/noticeboard/event/convergence/national-online-permaculture-convergence-2020 for more information as plans develop


Easing the lockdown – advice for projects

This in-between time where things are not ‘back to normal’, but society is starting to open up again, is far more stressful for many than lockdown itself. If you run a project or courses, it can be difficult to navigate often conflicting advice about the best approach to starting up again safely. The Permaculture Association have put together a document – Easing lockdown guidance – which will hopefully help you with some of those decisions. This is a work in progress, so all feedback welcome to Andy Goldring. Download it at https://blog.permaculture.org.uk/sites/default/files/easing_lockdown_guidance_22_july_2020.pdf

Designing for Resilience : Foundations of Permaculture Online Course

We are bringing you online courses! Right now, we are creating and testing permaculture courses to bring to you. We have a globally recognised certifying teachers register and active community of permaculture teachers. Along with our LAND demonstration network of over 120 sites and Education Working Group volunteers, we are working together to bring you quality permaculture courses online. Helping more people learn permaculture.

It feels like a natural progression for us to offer high quality permaculture and sustainability courses. We have loads of resources to help connect you with other learners. We aim to provide a transformative learning experience – helping you learn permaculture and change your world.

More details at https://permaculture.org.uk/permaculture-course

Grow Your Own – free download

Spiralseed’s newly revised and reprinted edition of ‘Top of the Crops – How to make Your Edible Garden Grow’ is available as a free PDF download for the duration of the COVID-19 Lockdown period, in the hope that folks will find it a useful and empowering beginners guide, building confidence and encouragement to play a part in food security solutions for ourselves and our communities – Another world IS possible! Go to https://spiralseed.co.uk/ for the download.


21st Century Permaculture Radio

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

Brighton Permaculture Trust

Head to the Brighton Permaculture Trust. Check out their website for news of courses, events and Permaculture by the sea. Courses are currently being rearranged, and they are are working hard to rearrange events, venues, and tutors.

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


How do I get events and webinars in the newsletter?

If you want your webinars, online events, and announcements to be in the London Permaculture Network newsletter (sent out at the start of each month), please email them to us, at info@londonpermaculture.com before the 15th of the month, and they will go into the next month’s newsletter.




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