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February 2019 London Permaculture News

Winter Pruning Workshop

Saturday 2nd February, 10am-3pm

Alara Wholefoods, 110 Camley Street, London N1C 4PW

Join The Orchard Project for an introduction to fruit tree pruning in one of London’s most urban orchards at Alara Wholefoods, Camden. The workshop will cover formative and remedial pruning on apple and pear trees from 5-9 years old. There will be plenty of opportunity for everyone to learn through practice, and we will also cover general fruit tree care. More info at: https://www.theorchardproject.org.uk/events/public-winter-pruning-workshop-london/

Three Acres And A Cow

Wednesday 6th February, 7pm

St Paul’s Church, Camden Square, London, NW1 9XG

The show connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues like fracking, the housing crisis and food sovereignty movements via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people’s history of Britain in folk song, stories and poems.  *****Please note change of venue to St Paul’s Church, Camden Square, London, NW1 9XG****

Eventbrite ticket page – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3-acres-a-cow-a-history-of-land-rights-protest-in-folk-song-story-tickets-53435784871

The Bartlett International Lecture Series – Momoyo Kaijima

Wednesday 6th February, 6pm-8pm

Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, 22 Gordon Street,London WC1H 0QB

Momoyo discusses Architectural Behaviorology, an architectural design method, in which one focuses on creating better accessibility to local resources.
More info at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/architecture/events/2019/feb/momoyo-kaijima-bartlett-international-lecture-series

London climate strike in solidarity with #Fridaysforfuture

Friday 15th February, 10am-3pm

Parliament Square, London, SW1

Mass Strike for the Climate Day 15th February 2019. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1760479297397102/

‘Love Under the Stars’

Thursday 14th February, 6:30pm-10:30pm

Meadow Orchard Project, Crouch End, N8 8JD, London

An event in a mini urban land project coming up. There will be bonfires, music and star gazing with Nick from the Baker Street Astronomers. Hope to see you there, tickets are £5, no one refused on the door for lack of funds.. More info at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/love-under-the-stars-tickets-55126724517

Improving Soil Health on Horticulture Operations

Friday 22nd February, 9am-5pm

Hawkwood Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, London E4 7UH

Roots Make Soil! Apply the soil health principles to transform your soil into a crumbly, friable state that’s easy to work & produces healthy crops. The soil health principles work. From large farms to market gardens, when implemented doggedly they bring real results: better soil structure, healthier crops and more consistent yields. What’s more, the growers that have most rigorously applied these principles have the more profitable operations today. A one-day course on promoting and preserving soil health, using problem-based learning. More info, and links to booking pages at https://www.facebook.com/events/513222022531682/

Growth, Degrowth and Climate Justice

Saturday 23rd February, 12am-5pm

Kennington Park Community Centre, Harleyford Street, London SE11 5SY

Economic growth is a shibboleth of modern politics, but is it compatible with climate justice? Do rich countries need to ‘degrow’, and if so, what would that actually look like? Join us to discuss what the politics of degrowth might mean for organising to stop climate breakdown. Event is free, book tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/growth-degrowth-and-climate-justice-tickets-53680852876

Permablitz/Volunteer Forest Gardening Day

Saturday 23rd February, 10am-4pm

The Quadrangle, Shoreham Road, Shoreham Kent TN14 7RP

Please join us for a permablitz day in the beautiful Darent Valley helping with various jobs in our 7 year old forest garden. No cost – Food and drink provided. More information at https://thequadrangle.co/event/volunteer-forest-gardening-day/

Formidable Vegetable’s ‘Earth People Fair’ Single

The new Earth People Fair single is now available for a spin via https://soundcloud.com/formidablevegetable/01-earth-people-fair-wb-ref/s-J3mdG. Official Music Video: https://youtu.be/ZIQlS_VrNkQ

Forthcoming Events

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.

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.

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.

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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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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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dawsons-hill-orchard-winter-tree-care-tickets-56168654959

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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-power-stories-of-londons-energy-revolution-tickets-55765455980

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 info@permablitzlondon.com

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 https://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/

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: https://bit.ly/2I8COir

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/2235018679890720/

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/757881537924508/ 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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grafting-day-london-tickets-53583935995

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 https://www.kew.org/training-and-courses/horticultural-training/kew-mutual-improvement-society

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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cranford-park-orchard-tree-id-labels-and-mulching-tickets-57096417923

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 info@permablitzlondon.com

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 https://www.omvedgardens.com/events/human-planetary-ecology/

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: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/permaculture-magazine-prize-2019 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 info@permablitzlondon.com

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 http://wholewoods.co.uk/community-building-volunteer-program/

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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/permaculture-polycultures-getting-more-from-your-plot-tickets-57592748461

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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/better-together-companion-planting-natural-pest-control-tickets-56971637702

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 https://eugic.events/ 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 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.

Make a donation

Help the London Permaculture Network who produce this newsletter, continue its work connecting and inspiring London. Please make a donation, via PayPal.



May 2019 London Permaculture News


Campfire Club: Alasdair Roberts, Avocet

Friday 3rd May, 7pm

Glengall Wharf Gardens, 64 Glengall Road, Peckham, SE15 6NH

Campfire Club is back! The Nest Collective will be in the garden for a series of unamplified performances around the campfire this summer. Come down to get up close and personal, and hear the artists’ music in a very intimate way. Scottish singer, guitarist, and musical collaborator Alasdair Roberts is multiple award winning solo artist, a gifted interpreter of traditional songs, and a songwriter/composer. Avocet is a musical trio from Scotland, based in Glasgow. See https://burgessparkfoodproject.org.uk/ for more details.

The Annual Herb Walk 2019

Sunday 5th May, 2pm-4pm

Bentley Priory Nature Reserve, Entrance Gate, 1 Old Lodge Way, Stanmore HA7 3AR

A chance to immerse yourself in nature and learn about the medicinal properties of plants growing all around us. This walk is lead by Varsha, a qualified medical herbalist, and she will share her knowledge of identifying medicinal plants and tell you all about how they can be used for everyday health issues. The science and traditions of these amazing plants will enable you to make meaningful connections with them and truly understand their powers. You will have the chance to ask questions and get to know your local herbalist too.
The pace of the walk will be a gentle stroll and it is suitable for all ages. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-annual-herb-walk-2019-tickets-46237054274 for tickets

Stepney City Farm May Day Festival

Monday 6 May, 10am-5pm

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

Our second large-scale May Day Festival is supported by the Tower Hamlets Event Fund, and will feature sheep shearing, wool spinning, natural fabric dyeing demos, May Pole dancing, Barn dancing, food from local chefs, and open studios from our resident artists. A market for local design-makers will also feature fused glass, ceramics, screen prints, jewellery, up-cycled textiles, eco-resin pots, oil paintings, illustrations, home-wares, and more.
Plus, we’ll be celebrating a very special birthday – 2019 marks 40 years since a Farm was first founded on our site in Stepney! Free entry, open 10am-5pm
See http://stepneycityfarm.org/at-the-farm/whats-on/ for more details

Capital Growth Training in May

Designing your food garden, Wednesday 8th May, 6pm. The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, NW1 4NR

Yoga & mindfulness for gardeners: Sustainable gardening for the body, mind and world. Sunday 12th May, 10.30am. Cody Dock,  Newham E16 4TL

Practical batik: The art of dyeing fabric using natural garden plants. Wed 15th May, 6pm. The Skip Garden,  Kings Cross N1C 4DB

An introduction to beekeeping. Saturday 18th May, 10:30am. Sydenham Gardens, SE23 4AB

Beginners botany for food growers Thursday 23rd May, 6pm. Edible Landscapes London, Finsbury Park N4 1BX

Social and therapeutic horticulture Wednesday 29th May,  6pm. Sydenham Garden Resource Centre, SE23 4AB

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

CTRLshift: An Emergency Summit for Change

Thursday 9th to Friday 10th May

Potbank Hotel/Spode Works, Stoke-on-Trent (good train links)

The second CTRLshift Summit is taking place in Stoke on Trent in May 2019, co-organised by the Permaculture Association. CTRLshift seeks to catalyse a network of change-making organisations, networks and independent practitioners, to work together to form a broad campaign for positive social, economic and environmental change. Our purpose is to create the spaces where we can ‘shape our future together’ locally, regionally and nationally. For more information head to www.ctrlshiftsummit.org.uk

Gardening with Nature Practical session

Friday 10th May, 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 out tubers, tying in climbers and potting up plants for the nursery. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Gardening Club at Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden

Saturdays 11th, 18th, 25th May, 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 May we will be harvesting for herbal teas, growing from cuttings, making nettle and comfrey teas, 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

Permablitz at Northwick Park

Sunday 12th May, 10am-5.30pm

Northwick Park, Harrow, North-west London

This is the first of a series of permablitzes to plant a food forest in Northwick Park. The park consists mainly of grass with sports fields filling a large area of the space. Brent Council has given permission for an area of the park to be turned into a food forest with a forest garden structure that will provide harvests of fruit, berries, leaves, shoots, tubers and mushrooms for people who use the park. Northwick Park Community Garden is running the project so come and join them.
We will be clearing grass by turning the turf over before planting and mulching heavily to retain moisture during the summer months. There will be mini-workshops on the design for the food forest, the importance of mulching and inoculating with mycorrhizal fungi.

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.

Permablitz at Reay School

Sunday 19th May, 10am-5.30pm

Oval, South London

This is the final in a series of permablitzes to create a sensory-edible garden for children aged 3-11 years. We will be planting up the pond, creating a herb spiral and adding plants that will provide a sensory experience for the children and nectar for bees and butterflies. We will welcome adults and children – the more the merrier.
There will be mini-workshops on building a herb spiral, choosing pond plants to create a healthy pond and explaining the overall design.
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.

Three Acres And A Cow

Tuesday 21st May, 7pm

St. Margaret’s House Hall, 21 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PL

‘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. Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations. Featuring Robin Grey and Kat Hallewell, see http://threeacresandacow.co.uk/ for more information.

‘The Gleaners and I’ – Film Screening

Wednesday 22nd May, 5pm-7pm

Sutton Community Farm, 40a Telegraph Track, Wallington, London SM6 0SH

Screening of the beautiful French documentary by Agnes Varda.The film tracks a series of gleaners as they hunt for food, knicknacks, thrown away items, and personal connection. The film spends time capturing the many aspects of gleaning and the many people who glean to survive.This film screening is free to attend, but you will need to book to come by emailing sonia@suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk so we can make sure we have enough chairs and enough popcorn! See http://suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk/events/the-gleaners-and-i-film-screening-wednesday-22nd-may-2019/ for more details.

Gardening with Nature Practical session

Friday 24th May, 1.30pm-4.30pm

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

In this session we’ll be planting out annual plants that will provide nectar for bees and butterflies, planting seeds for microgreens, pruning flowering plants (giving the ‘Chelsea Chop’) and applying comfrey tea. If you’d like to come along please RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Forthcoming Events

Permablitz at Glengall Wharf Gardens

Sunday 2nd June, 10am-5.30pm

Old Kent Road, South-East 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.

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: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/permaculture-magazine-prize-2019 we want to highlight and support the best projects worldwide. Entries now open, please share today.

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.



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.




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