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May 2018 London Permaculture News

Permaculture Magazine Prize Launched!


Permaculture magazine is launching the Permaculture Magazine Prize 2018 with a fund of £20,000. It will consist of one main award of £10,000 and four runners up of £2,500. The prize is open to any permaculture project in the world. We want to specifically award money to permaculture projects that reach ordinary people and demonstrate best practice permaculture both in terms of ecological and socially / culturally innovative design.We are looking for a variety of permaculture projects that are:

  • Regenerating damaged land
  • Enhancing habitat and biodiversity
  • Helping people to gain practical and community skills
  • Adding value to produce and developing local economies
  • Building community, creating social glue and greater economic resilience
  • Modelling new ways of cooperating and new cultural paradigms

Projects can apply if they have been functioning for at least three years and have established their place within their community. Please tell permaculture projects around the world about the prize. We want to hear from you! Online applications are open now and it’s free to enter. For more details see https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/permaculture-prize-2018

Design 4 ACTION Permaculture Design Course

starts Saturday 5th May, 9:30am for 6 weekends

Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ

London’s Permaculture Design Course – Design 4 ACTION (Active Community Transformation In Our Neighbourhoods) is a different kind of permaculture course – urban focused positive design for your life, your community and your world by empowering the genius inside all of us! Led by experienced Permaculture teacher Graham Burnett and others, D4A 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. For more details and booking see https://spiralseed.co.uk/product/design-4-action-2/

Kingston Permaculture Reserve Open Day

Saturday 5th May, Noon–6 pm

Kingston Permaculture Reserve, Knollmead Allotments, Tolworth, KT5 9QP

We are holding an open day in aid of African Vision Malawi (AVM): a magical day in our orchard for all the family with lots of fragrant apple blossom (hopefully), storytelling by Belinda and Jack from Surrey Storytellers, orchard tours, pond dipping to look for amphibians, Bamboo straw making, plant sales, Dominic the beekeeper, music and sunshine, and a chance to meet Jade our friendly Indian Runner duck. We also are selling plants, either for collection from site or by arrangement. For more details see https://kpr2016.wordpress.com/courses/

Attack of the Clones Part IV

Sunday, May 6, 1pm-4pm

Edible Landscapes, Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ

You might do it by cuttings, you might do it by division, you might even do it by layering. Either way, by the end of the day you’ll be on your way to becoming Lord Plant-Invader, with the power to clone plants, creating your own huge edible army. Come over to the park side and learn the ways of the plant force with Jedi master, Jo Homan. Booking essential, via this wormhole: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/attack-of-the-clones-part-iv-tickets-44656438610

Stepney City Farm May Day Festival

Monday 7 May 10am-4pm

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

Bank holiday May Day festival, with traditional music, dancing, crafts, food and drink all day. We’ll also be shearing our sheep ready for Summer, and celebrating two very special birthdays – donkeys George and Dunstan are turning 20. A full schedule of events including sheep shearing demonstrations, animal show and tell, dance instruction and craft can be found at http://stepneycityfarm.org/at-the-farm/whats-on/

Essex Permaculture Hub

Tuesday 8th May, 7pm-9pm

Chigwell Convent, Domus Mariae Retreat & Conference Centre, 803 Chigwell Rd, Essex, IG8 8AU

The Essex Permaculture Hub is a brand new meeting place where we can get together to share ideas and to discuss the current challenges in our communities. Network with people from across Essex to explore shared values and solutions based on Permaculture Principles and Practices. Join us in creating a brighter and a fairer future, caring for the earth and for each other, whilst living in harmony with nature. Email  greenhopefoundationuk@gmail.com or ring 07942612117 for more details.

Creatively Teaching Permaculture

Friday 11th – Monday 14th May, 9:30am-4:30pm

May Project Gardens, 158 Middleton Road, Morden SM4 6RW

Open the window to facilitating creative learning! Do you want to change your world by teaching permaculture? Due to popular request Graham Burnett will be leading this four day introduction to creative and participatory teaching and learning in partnership with May Project Gardens in south London. There will be plenty of opportunities to put your own learning into practice, and to develop and deliver your own teaching session in a supported and safe environment. Please note that places are STRICTLY LIMITED on this course, so apply soon to avoid disappointment! More details and booking at https://spiralseed.co.uk/product/creatively-teaching-permaculture-4-day-intensive-course-with-graham-burnett-4/

May in a Day!

Saturday 12th May, 1pm-4pm

Cecil Sharp House, Camden Town, London NW1 7AY

Cecil Sharp House permaculture project is part of the LAND (Learning And Network Demonstration) network showing permaculture in practice. Managed by Permablitz London (www.permablitzlondon.com) volunteers maintain the garden through our Gardening with Nature training. During the ‘May in a Day’ festival Permablitz London will be holding special activities in the garden including workshops for children such as ‘meet our mini-beasts’, ‘plant a seed’ and nature art. Come and help us keep the kids educated and entertained.

May in a Day is an annual family folk arts festival. Inside Cecil Sharp House traditional entertainment will welcome in the spring, with fun and creative activities for all the family! There will be ceilidh and maypole dancing with expert caller Mike Ruff, and live music by Deborah Chambers and David Delarre or take a breather whilst watching dynamic morris side, Fool’s Gambit. Make folk-inspired creations with Shelagh McCarthy in our arts and crafts workshops, join enchanting folk singer Aimée Leonard for lively song sessions.

If you would like to join us and help out, please email us at info@permablitzlondon.com to let us know.

Learn about Bees- Sustainable Beekeeping weekend course

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May 2018 10am-5.30pm

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

This course is for anyone from beginners to experienced beekeepers who are interested in learning about more sustainable methods of beekeeping. The first day of the course will take a look at the fascinating world of the honeybee, introducing key concepts in their biology and ecology. Day Two will focus on how to keep bees in Warre hives and the practice of keeping bees within an ethical framework. More details at https://www.organiclea.org.uk/2018/03/sustainable-beekeeping-course-may-2018/

‘Anima Mundi’ film showing by Ealing Transition

Sunday 13th May, 7.30pm

St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RH

Following our talk by Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture Magazine – we are continuing the permaculture theme with a screening of the 2011 documentary ‘Anima Mundi’, the first feature documentary by film maker Peter Charles Downey. After the screening, there will an opportunity to explore the relevance and significance of permaculture principles and practice in creating a sustainable future. For more details see https://ealingtransition.org.uk/

Join the London Permaculture Festival team!

First 2018 team meeting on Tuesday 15th May, 6:30-8pm

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, 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. We rely on 50-plus volunteers to put it on each year.

We will be meeting on the following Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm-8pm at Cecil Sharp House:

  • Tuesday 15th May
  • Tuesday 5th June
  • Tuesday 19th June
  • Tuesday 3rd July
  • Tuesday 17th July

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 7AY. Meet in the café downstairs. Camden tube/Camden Road overground

We would particularly appreciate help with:

Publicity/promotion
We could always use more creative ideas to promote the festival as well as help leafletting, distributing posters, setting up articles for the local/specialist press, arranging radio interviews, posting announcements on the internet and anything else you think might help to publicise the festival.

Help on the day

The festival cake stall
Our stalls market runs on a ‘cake currency’ in which two cakes ‘buys’ a stall – the cakes then being sold on the festival cake stall to help cover our costs.

If you would like to get involved, either beforehand or on the day itself, please contact Kayode at: info@londonpermaculturefestival.com

Sustainable Hackney Films For Action Presents ‘Power Trip: Fracking in the UK’

Friday 18th May, 7pm – 11pm

St Paul’s West Hackney, 182 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7UY

Power Trip follows grandmothers who set up a campaign group (Lancashire Nanas) and teamed up with young activists (Reclaim the Power) to shut down the Fracking sites of Cuadrilla near Blackpool (Lancashire) and Balcombe (West Sussex) by occupying trucks and blocking gates. The Undercurrents production, supported by the Lush Film Fund, explores how social media is being used by both Fracking companies and activists as a tool. After the film, there will be a Q&A session with some of the people involved in the protests as well as local campaigners from groups offering positive, alternative energy solutions. More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/190419535092267/

Food Growing Skills Level 1 Award (City and Guilds)

Starts Friday 18th May for 7 weeks, 10.30am-4.30pm

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

This course provides an opportunity to achieve an accredited gardening qualification through practical learning. It is designed to build basic and technical skills in the classroom then support this with demonstration practical tasks in Organiclea’s market garden at Hawkwood. It would suit anyone who is thinking about working as a gardener or who wants to enhance their food growing knowledge for the home environment. For more details call 020 8496 2971

Permablitz at Susannah’s allotment

Saturday 19th May, 10am-5.30pm

Brent Cross, North-west London

This permablitz at Susannah’s allotment will be developing rainwater collection and automatic watering systems on the allotment. We will be adding guttering and water butts to the shed, setting up gravity fed soaker hose irrigation and wicking beds. We will also be planting unusual edible perennials, unusual root crops, the three sisters: corn, beans and squash, improving pathways, setting up new compost bins and creating a keyhole bed.
There will be mini-workshops on installing a water butt, creating wicking beds, and the ‘three sisters’.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here

Designing Edible Spaces

Saturday 19th May – Sunday 20th May 9:30-5pm

The Skip Garden, Tapper Walk, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AQ

Would you like to be growing your own food but feel you don’t have space or the time? Eating more organic food but think it’s too expensive?
This course will give you the design skills and knowledge to transform your garden or urban space into an abundant, edible garden, that is full of food, friendly to wildlife, looks good, and needs little maintenance. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/events/601500936849611/

Introduction to Off Grid Energy Systems

Saturday 20th May, 11am-4pm

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

Learn off-grid design principles and gain practical skills to build future systems. Learn what energy is – how it works today, and what’s in store for the future. Understand the electrical basics: current, voltage, resistance, power, series and parallel circuits. Learn to test and use 12V batteries. Know how to choose the right components to build circuits to power phones and laptop chargers. Receive advice for further circuit and systems design and build. Dig deeper into the energy dilemma – and possible solutions. All materials provided, including charging components. More information from: http://www.demandenergyequality.org

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday May 26th 2018, 10am–4.30pm

Upminster Sanctuary, Pea Lane, Upminster, Essex RM14 2XH

Are you concerned about climate change and future generations? Do you want to change how we interact with our gardens ecosystems and human communities? Our one day Introduction to Permaculture Course led by Graham Burnett (author of Permaculture a Beginners Guide and The Vegan Book of Permaculture) aims to inspire and empower you to use permaculture design in your everyday life to create the change you wish to see in your world. This course is being held at the beautiful setting of The Sanctuary near Upminster, a peaceful haven set in rural surroundings providing a learning environment where visitors can feel relaxed, rejuvenated and restored. For more information and booking see https://spiralseed.co.uk/product/introduction-permaculture-one-day-course-sanctuary-upminster/

Gardening with Nature training at Cecil Sharp House

These sessions are part of a series of training sessions taking place at the Cecil Sharp House garden through the year for people who want to learn more about plants and the practicalities of taking care of them in a permaculture garden. Sessions are £6 each. For more details and booking go to http://www.permablitzlondon.com/gardening-with-nature-training-sessions-in-the-cecil-sharp-house-garden/

Wednesday 2nd May 6pm-8pm, Making and applying nettle tea
Nettle tea gives the plants a boost of nitrogen at the time of year when perennials are growing their leaves. At the same time, the tea supports the soil-food-web. Come and find out how to make and apply nettle tea.
Wednesday 9th May 6pm-8pm, Taking spring cuttings
Come and learn how to take cuttings. This session will explain how taking a cutting from a plant can grow a new plant. You’ll then get a chance to take cuttings and pot them up.
Wednesday 16th May 6pm-8pm, Planting unusual root vegetables
It is time to plant out the plants that will give us roots to harvest in the autumn at Cecil Sharp House. These will include Mashua, Oca, Chinese artichoke and Jerusalem artichoke. Come and find out more about them.
Wednesday 23rd May 6pm-8pm, Planting up the green roofs at Cecil Sharp House
We will be adding plants to the green roofs at Cecil Sharp House. They are in very different places so this session will include an explanation of how each of them are designed to deal with different conditions.
Wednesday 30th May 6pm-8pm, Making comfrey tea
In this session you will have a chance to make comfrey tea. Come and learn how to do that and all about the benefits of comfrey tea to both the plants and the soil-food-web.

Capital Growth Training Courses in May

Thursday 3rd May, 6pm-8:30pm, The Skip Garden, Kings Cross, Natural pest management and companion planting
Wednesday 9th May, 6pm-8:30pm, The Regent’s Park Allotment, Understanding soil life, composting and wormeries
Saturday 12th May, 10:30am-1:30pm, Pop Brixton and Brixton Orchard, Creating and maintaining beautiful communal gardens
Wednesday 30th May 6pm-9pm, Sydenham Gardens London SE23, Introduction to social and therapeutic horticulture

See http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/for more details and links to booking pages.

Have a stall at the London Permaculture Festival

The ninth annual London Permaculture Festival will be held on Sunday 29th July, 2018 in the beautiful Arts & Crafts building of Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London.

Let London know all about your project, or sell your wares with a stall in the main hall of the festival.We normally have over 700 people attend during the course of the day. The audience are very much drawn from permaculture, alternative, green, action-oriented networks – all looking forward to a fun and fact-filled day bringing together people from across the capital and beyond who are interested in finding creative solutions for a sustainable future.

As in previous years we are operating a ‘cake economy’ asking all stall-holders to bake a couple of cakes as ‘payment’ for having a stall. For more details,and to book your place please email Hugh: stalls@londonpermaculturefestival.com We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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

Forthcoming Events

Permablitz at Nubian Life Centre

White City, West London

Saturday 2nd June, 10am-5.30pm

Nubian Life Centre is a community centre that provides day care for African and Afro-Caribbean elders. This permablitz is being undertaken in partnership with Living Medicine, so the plants have been selected for their nutritional and medicinal benefits. We are going to be transforming the garden at the centre, creating a mini-forest garden, raised beds with the three sisters, adding trellis and climbers and laying out pathways. Mini-workshops will include ‘the three sisters’, ways to keep your plants watered and an explanation of the design.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here

Permablitz London Design Guild

Starts Monday 4th June 7pm-9pm (8 free weekly sessions)

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture LAND project, Camden

Help design a permablitz and see it put into practice!

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. If you would like to come along please email Kayode or Susannah at info@permablitzlondon.com to let us know. These sessions are free.
Permablitzes are edible, wildlife-friendly garden makeovers that typically involve a group of people meeting up for the day to create or develop a community or household garden according to a permaculture design. They spread through a network of reciprocity. Once you have been to a few permablitzes (usually three) you can have one for your garden or rooftop/balcony

Permablitz at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Hainault, East London

Saturday 9th June, 10am-5.30pm

Come and help plant and find out about native forest garden plants on this permablitz. It is the first of three to implement a project funded by ‘Grow Wild’ (led by Kew Gardens) to showcase edible, wildlife-friendly plants that have been growing in Britain since ancient times. Mini-workshops will cover ‘what are native plants?’, an overview of the plants, and an explanation of Forest Farm Peace Garden’s forest garden design and this new area being established.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 16th-Sunday 17th June, 10am

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

This lively and interactive course will teach you the basics of permaculture: learning from natural systems to help us design our gardens, balconies – even our lifestyles!
Contact rosbedlow@hotmail.com for further information

Gardening with Nature training at Cecil Sharp house

These sessions are part of a series of training sessions taking place at the Cecil Sharp House garden through the year for people who want to learn more about plants and the practicalities of taking care of them in a permaculture garden. Sessions are £6 each. for more details and booking go to http://www.permablitzlondon.com/gardening-with-nature-training-sessions-in-the-cecil-sharp-house-garden/

Wednesday 6th June, 6pm-8pm, The importance of supporting plants
For many plants it helps them to give them support structures as they grow. In beds where there are a lot of plants it prevents one plant being smothered by another. Come and find out more.
Wednesday 13th June, 6pm-8pm, Summer care for fruit trees
There are lots of fruit trees at Cecil Sharp House and this session will focus on how to take care of them during the summer. We will be doing our summer pruning and thinning the fruit.

Capital Growth Training Courses in early June

Saturday 2nd June 10:30am-1:30pm, Edible Landscapes London N4, Midsummer medicinal herbs: Fresh forage on you doorstep
Wednesday 6th June 6pm-8:30pm, The Regent’s Park Allotment, Growing food with children and young people
Wednesday 13th June, 6pm-8:30pm, The Regent’s Park Allotment, Nature connection: exploring mindfulness in the garden
Saturday 16th June, 10:30am-1:30pm, Spitalfields City Farm London E1, Keeping chickens

See http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/ for more details.

National Permaculture Convergence

Thursday 20th- Sunday 23rd September 2018

Manchester, England

We’re delighted to announce that the National Permaculture Convergence, organised by the Permaculture Association, will be happening in Manchester 20 -23 September.
The event will be held across venues in Hulme, including the wonderful Hulme Community Garden Centre, Z-arts and Hulme Hall.
Friday: a day-long conference,
Saturday: a day of practical learning and activity
Sunday: a shared brunch and tours of local projects.
On the Thursday there will be an Educators’ Meeting and a Thriving Communities network meeting
Tickets on sale 7 May 2018 – see https://permaculture.org.uk/noticeboard/event/convergence/national-permaculture-convergence for more details


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 check details with projects, as many close over the winter period

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. 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, https://www.organiclea.org.uk/volunteering/

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

The Meadow Orchard Crouch End, N8. Every Saturday 12-4pm  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 12 – 4pm – next open dates: 18th and 25th Feb, 18th and 25th March
Herb Tuesdays, gardening for well being ~ every Tuesday 10 – 2pm, shared lunch at 1pm.
Grown in Peckham ~ growing to sell ~ every Thursday 11.30 – 2:30pm, shared lunch at 1pm.
Please check winter opening hours
Kingston Permaculture Reserve  Maintenance and harvesting according to the time of year last Sunday of the month and other occasions. Check our Facebook group for details. Website: www.kpr2016.wordpress.com



June 2018 London Permaculture News

Permablitz at Nubian Life Centre

Saturday 2nd June, 10am-5.30pm

White City, West London

Nubian Life Centre is a community centre that provides day care for African and Afro-Caribbean elders. This permablitz is being undertaken in partnership with Living Medicine, so the plants have been selected for their nutritional and medicinal benefits. We are going to be transforming the garden at the centre, creating a mini-forest garden, raised beds with the three sisters, adding trellis and climbers and laying out pathways. Mini-workshops will include ‘the three sisters’, ways to keep your plants watered and an explanation of the design.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here

Midsummer medicinal herbs: Fresh forage on your doorstep

Saturday June 2, 10:30am-1:30pm

Edible Landscapes, Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ

Join ELL & community herbalist Rasheeqa (Hedge Herbs) for a Saturday morning wander around the varied plant-scapes of Finsbury Park, exploring the health-supporting actions, uses and preparations of the medicinal herbs, flowers, shrubs and trees we find. Sharing knowledge about history, folklore, current research and practical applications in herbal medicine, we shall open the world of our local healing cabinets. We’ll conclude the session with tastings of fresh-gathered seasonal plants made into infusions to experience the plants sensorily in our own bodies.For more info see http://www.ediblelandscapeslondon.org.uk/event/midsummer-medicinal-herbs-fresh-forage-your-doorstep

Permablitz London Design Guild

Starts Monday 4th June 7pm-9pm (8 free weekly sessions)

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture LAND project, Camden

Help design a permablitz and see it put into practice!

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. If you would like to come along please email Kayode or Susannah at info@permablitzlondon.com to let us know. These sessions are free.
Permablitzes are edible, wildlife-friendly garden makeovers that typically involve a group of people meeting up for the day to create or develop a community or household garden according to a permaculture design. They spread through a network of reciprocity. Once you have been to a few permablitzes (usually three) you can have one for your garden or rooftop/balcony

Holistic Food Growing for the 21st Century

Thursday 7th June, 7.30pm – 9pm

Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT

Biodynamics is a truly holistic method of producing high quality food. It is embraced by environmentalists, spiritual seekers and the most demanding food critics. It looks into the soil for answers to plant problems and renews our understanding of the connections between the planets, constellations and plant growth. During this evening, you will be able to get ‘hands on’ with some of the basics of the method. For more details see: http://www.rsh.anth.org.uk/whats-on/spirit-in-action/holistic-food-growing-for-the-21st-century/

Permablitz at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Saturday 9th June, 10am-5.30pm

Hainault, East London

Come and help plant and find out about native forest garden plants on this permablitz. It is the first of three to implement a project funded by ‘Grow Wild’ (led by Kew Gardens) to showcase edible, wildlife-friendly plants that have been growing in Britain since ancient times. Mini-workshops will cover ‘what are native plants?’, an overview of the plants, and an explanation of Forest Farm Peace Garden’s forest garden design and this new area being established.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here

Soil & Home Composting Workshop

Saturday 9th June 11am – 2pm

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

Composting expert Paul Richens will lead the workshop, which has been designed to encourage and inspire those wishing to improve their home composting know-how. Come along to discover why composting is absolutely key to creating healthy soil to produce food and flowers through building soil fertility, reducing waste and saving you money! This workshop is suitable for both those already composting or those wishing to compost. Whether you have access to a balcony, back garden or community garden, a range of techniques will be discussed with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion. See http://suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk/events/soil-home-composting-workshop-saturday-9th-june-11am-2pm/

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 16th-Sunday 17th June, 10am

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

This lively and interactive course will teach you the basics of permaculture: learning from natural systems to help us design our gardens, balconies – even our lifestyles!
Contact rosbedlow@hotmail.com for further information, or see http://stepneycityfarm.org/at-the-farm/courses/permaculture-courses/

Join the London Permaculture Festival team!

Team meetings on Tuesday 5th & 19th June, 6:30-8pm

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, 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. We rely on 50-plus volunteers to put it on each year.

We will be meeting on the following Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm-8pm at Cecil Sharp House:

  • Tuesday 5th June
  • Tuesday 19th June
  • Tuesday 3rd July
  • Tuesday 17th July

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 7AY. Meet in the café downstairs. Camden tube/Camden Road overground

We would particularly appreciate help with:

Publicity/promotion
We could always use more creative ideas to promote the festival as well as help leafletting, distributing posters, setting up articles for the local/specialist press, arranging radio interviews, posting announcements on the internet and anything else you think might help to publicise the festival.

Help on the day

The festival cake stall
Our stalls market runs on a ‘cake currency’ in which two cakes ‘buys’ a stall – the cakes then being sold on the festival cake stall to help cover our costs.

If you would like to get involved, either beforehand or on the day itself, please contact Kayode at: info@londonpermaculturefestival.com

Three Acres And A Cow

Friday 23rd June, 7pm

Unity Hall, 277a Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2TZ

‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with Brexit, fracking and our housing crisis via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution. The show draws a compelling narrative through the people’s history of England in folk song, story and poem. 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. For more details see https://threeacresandacow.co.uk/2018/06/three-acres-and-a-cow-unity-hall-islington-london-23-06-18/

World Music Day Summer Picnic

Sunday, June 24, 12 noon

Forest Farm Peace Garden, end of Hazelbrouck Gardens,Hainault IG6 2XL

This year we are hosting our annual summer event as part of The Great Get Together – the UK-wide weekend event for communities to get together, in memory of Jo Cox, to celebrate all that we have in common. There will be lots on offer: music entertainment, interesting workshops, walks, children’s activities, cob-oven pizza baking, refreshments and produce sales. Please put the date in your diary and we look forward to seeing you there! More info at https://www.forestfarmpeacegarden.org/events/ (and check out their new website!)

Principles of permaculture, observational walk and talk

Wednesday 27th June, 1pm-4pm

Glengall Wharf Garden, 64 Glengall Road, London SE15 6NF

A gentle walk exploring the principles of Permaculture around a beautiful Permaculture Land Centre in Peckham…. Connect with yourself, others and nature in an urban setting. All welcome. No experience necessary. For more details see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/principles-of-permaculture-observational-walk-and-talk-tickets-46371932699

The Magic of Worm Composting

Saturday 30th June, 1pm-3pm

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

At this workshop you will learn how worm composting is a fun, low cost, efficient and low-tech solution for dealing with all our organic waste at home and work. Transform food waste into the world’s finest nutrient-rich fertiliser and compost. Learn about worm biology, like how the composting worm is able to eat up to half its body weight a day in organic waste, whilst reducing the volume by 50%, providing the perfect ecological solution for waste management. More details at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-magic-of-worm-composting-tickets-45284885311

Cafe Cairo

Thursday 28th June

88 Landor Road, Stockwell, London SW9

Every last Thursday of the month is South London Permaculture Cinema at Cafe Cairo. Doors open at 7pm, the evenings flow can be viewed on www.facebook.com/BrixtonEdge. Showing Eco films for change, promoting permaculture action in London, facilitated by Lola an evolving permaculture artist. Entry is free so what are you waiting for?

Gardening with Nature training at Cecil Sharp House

These sessions are part of a series of training sessions taking place at the Cecil Sharp House garden through the year for people who want to learn more about plants and the practicalities of taking care of them in a permaculture garden. Sessions are £6 each. For more details and booking go to http://www.permablitzlondon.com/gardening-with-nature-training/

Wednesday 6th June, 6pm-8pm, The importance of supporting plants
For many plants it helps them to give them support structures as they grow. In beds where there are a lot of plants it prevents one plant being smothered by another. Come and find out more.
Wednesday 13th June, 6pm-8pm, Summer care for fruit trees
There are lots of fruit trees at Cecil Sharp House and this session will focus on how to take care of them during the summer. We will be doing our summer pruning and thinning the fruit.
Wednesday June 20th,6pm-8pm, Water-wise in the summer
Keeping soil moist through the summer is crucial. At Cecil Sharp House we have a number of different ways of ensuring plants have enough water. They include: irrigation, mulching, wicking systems and hydrogels. Come and find out more.
Wednesday June 27th, 6pm-8pm, Creating plants for the future – taking semi-ripe cuttings
This is the time of year to take semi-ripe cuttings. This session will explain what they are and how to take them.

Capital Growth Training Courses in May

Saturday 2nd June, 10.30am-1.30pm, Midsummer medicinal herbs: Fresh forage on you doorstep, Edible Landscapes London, N4
Wednesday 6th June, 6.00pm-8.30pm, Growing food with children and young people, The Regent’s Park Allotment, NW1
Wednesday 13th June, 6.00pm-8.30pm, Nature connection: exploring mindfulness in the garden, The Regent’s Park Allotment, NW1
Saturday 16th June, 12.00-3.00pm, Urban chicken keeping, Spitalfields City Farm, E1
Saturday 23rd June, 10.30am-1.30pm, Creating and maintaining an edible urban oasis, Pop Brixton and Brixton Orchard, SW9
Wednesday 27th June, 6.00pm-8.30pm, Understanding wild bees: diversity, habitats and planting for pollen, Castle Climbing Centre, N4

See http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/for more details and links to booking pages.

Have a stall at the London Permaculture Festival

The ninth annual London Permaculture Festival will be held on Sunday 29th July, 2018 in the beautiful Arts & Crafts building of Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London.

Let London know all about your project, or sell your wares with a stall in the main hall of the festival.We normally have over 700 people attend during the course of the day. The audience are very much drawn from permaculture, alternative, green, action-oriented networks – all looking forward to a fun and fact-filled day bringing together people from across the capital and beyond who are interested in finding creative solutions for a sustainable future.

As in previous years we are operating a ‘cake economy’ asking all stall-holders to bake a couple of cakes as ‘payment’ for having a stall. For more details,and to book your place please email Hugh: stalls@londonpermaculturefestival.com We look forward to hearing from you!

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

Permaculture Magazine Prize Launched!


Permaculture magazine is launching the Permaculture Magazine Prize 2018 with a fund of £20,000. It will consist of one main award of £10,000 and four runners up of £2,500. The prize is open to any permaculture project in the world. We want to specifically award money to permaculture projects that reach ordinary people and demonstrate best practice permaculture both in terms of ecological and socially / culturally innovative design.We are looking for a variety of permaculture projects that are:

  • Regenerating damaged land
  • Enhancing habitat and biodiversity
  • Helping people to gain practical and community skills
  • Adding value to produce and developing local economies
  • Building community, creating social glue and greater economic resilience
  • Modelling new ways of cooperating and new cultural paradigms

Projects can apply if they have been functioning for at least three years and have established their place within their community. Please tell permaculture projects around the world about the prize. We want to hear from you! Online applications are open now and it’s free to enter. For more details see https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/permaculture-prize-2018

Forthcoming Events

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th July, 10am

Furnace Fields Smallholding, near East Grinstead, West Sussex

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

Capital Growth Training Courses in early July

Saturday 7th July, 10.30am-1.30pm, Fermenting: sauerkraut, kimchi and fruit Drinks, The Castle Climbing Centre, N4
Wednesday 11th July, 6.00pm-9.00pm, Introduction to Honey Bee biology: Principles of sustainable beekeeping practice and wider environmental context, The Castle Climbing Centre Garden, N4
Saturday 14th July, 10.30am-1.30pm, Composting toilets for community gardens: How to design and build your very own compost loo, Sydenham, SE26

See http://www.capitalgrowth.org/training/ for more details.

National Permaculture Convergence

Thursday 20th- Sunday 23rd September 2018

Manchester, England

We’re delighted to announce that the National Permaculture Convergence, organised by the Permaculture Association, will be happening in Manchester 20 -23 September.
The event will be held across venues in Hulme, including the wonderful Hulme Community Garden Centre, Z-arts and Hulme Hall.
Friday: a day-long conference,
Saturday: a day of practical learning and activity
Sunday: a shared brunch and tours of local projects.
On the Thursday there will be an Educators’ Meeting and a Thriving Communities network meeting
Tickets on sale 7 May 2018 – see https://permaculture.org.uk/noticeboard/event/convergence/national-permaculture-convergence for more details


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 check details with projects, as many close over the winter period

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. 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, https://www.organiclea.org.uk/volunteering/

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

The Meadow Orchard Crouch End, N8. Every Saturday 12-4pm  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 12 – 4pm – next open dates: 18th and 25th Feb, 18th and 25th March
Herb Tuesdays, gardening for well being ~ every Tuesday 10 – 2pm, shared lunch at 1pm.
Grown in Peckham ~ growing to sell ~ every Thursday 11.30 – 2:30pm, shared lunch at 1pm.
Please check winter opening hours
Kingston Permaculture Reserve  Maintenance and harvesting according to the time of year last Sunday of the month and other occasions. Check our Facebook group for details. Website: www.kpr2016.wordpress.com



September 2018 London Permaculture News

#RiseforClimate London

Saturday 8th September, 2:30pm

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

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

Tree-care pruning day at Meadow Orchard

Sunday 9 September, 11am-5pm

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

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

Permablitz London Design Guild

Monday 10th September – Monday 12th November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 15th-Sunday 16th September

Furnace Fields Smallholding, near East Grinstead, West Sussex

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

Designing Edible Spaces – London

Saturday 15th-Sunday 16th September

The Skip Garden, Kings Cross

Would you like to be growing your own food but feel you don’t have space or the time? Eating more organic food but think it’s too expensive? This course will give you the design skills and knowledge to transform your garden or urban space into an abundant, edible garden, that is full of food, friendly to wildlife, looks good, and needs little maintenance. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/936396156539014/

EcoDIY Land Center open weekend

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

193 Burrs Rd Clacton, Essex CO15 4LN

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

Finding solutions to key ecological issues with Nicola Peel

Sunday 16 September 1.30pm-3.30pm

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

‘Solutions are all around us. It’s just knowing where to look.’ Nicola has been working in the Ecuadorian Amazon for 18 years, finding solutions to oils spills with fungi, building rainwater systems for indigenous people suffering from contamination due to the oil industry, training farmers in agroforestry to prevent the slash and burn of tropical rainforests and cleaning the beaches of tons of plastic, turning rubbish into a resource. Nicola is also passionate about Biomimicry, a discipline built on the premise that nature is our greatest teacher. See http://www.sjp.org.uk/uploads/1/6/5/7/16572376/eco_events_leaflet_03-04-18-1.compressed.pdf

Sowing the seeds of change – National Permaculture Convergence

Friday 20th – Sunday 23rd September

Hulme, Manchester

Do you believe now is the time for us to work together to bring about positive change? If so, join us in Hulme, Manchester next month for the National Permaculture Convergence, 20 – 23 September. This is your chance to make new connections, strengthen old ones and reignite your passion for permaculture.
The line-up has expanded, with even more contributors and workshops to ensure there’s something for everyone, whatever your level of permaculture. For a full rundown of what’s in store, visit the programme page on our website.
https://www.permaculture.org.uk/convergence/programme-2018

Urban Harvest Day at Cecil Sharp House

Saturday 22nd September, 10.30am-1pm

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

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

For more details and booking see http://www.permablitzlondon.com/event/urban-harvest-day-at-cecil-sharp-house/

Gosia’s garden permablitz

Sunday 23 September 2018, 10 am – 5.30 pm

Aldersbrook, London E12

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

Harvest Festival at Stepney City Farm

Sunday 23rd September

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

Loads of fun things happening here, supported or led by our Lead Grower AND our amazing Young Volunteers. for a list of activities and more details see: http://stepneycityfarm.org/harvest-festival-2018/

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

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September

Treadwell, 5 Tredwell Close, London SW2 3TL

Learn the basics of Permaculture Design on this two-day Introduction to Permaculture and be ready to try it out in your garden, your workplace and your life. This course introduces the basics of Permaculture and shows how this fascinating design methodology can profoundly change the way we look at the world and engage in it. The course gives participants an understanding of the diverse uses and applications of Permaculture Design and its immense potential of turning scarcity into abundance. For more details and bookings see http://www.sociallandscapes.co.uk/events/2018/9-tread-well-on-earth-2-day-introduction-to-permaculture

London Permaculture Network AGM 2018

Sunday 30th September, 11am – 12pm

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

The main business will be:

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

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

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

Sunday 30th September, 1pm-6pm

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

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

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

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

Facilitators : Ian Lillington & Jo Barker

More details : http://www.londonpermaculture.com/lpn-sponsored-events/

Cafe Cairo

88 Landor Road,  Stockwell, London SW9

Every last Thursday of the month is South London Permaculture Cinema at Cafe Cairo. Doors open at 7pm, the evenings flow can be viewed on www.facebook.com/BrixtonEdge. Showing Eco films for change, promoting permaculture action in London, facilitated by Lola an evolving permaculture artist. Entry is free so what are you waiting for?

Capital Growth training courses in September

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

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

Growing courses at OrganicLea

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

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

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

For more details and booking see https://www.organiclea.org.uk/we-help-you-grow-your-own/training-2/training/

Forthcoming Events

Permablitz at Forest Farm Peace Garden

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

Hainault, East London

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

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

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

Abundance Day at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Sunday October 14, 12pm-4pm

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

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

Capital Growth training courses in early October

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

More information and links to booking pages here 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.

Brighton Apple Day

Sunday 23rd September

Stanmer Park, Brighton BN1 9PZ, East Sussex

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

21st Century Permaculture Radio

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

Open Days & Volunteering

Please confirm with the project for opening hours and volunteering days.

Cecil Sharp House, Camden NW1
Come and volunteer at the permaculture LAND (Learning and Network Demonstration site) project at Cecil Sharp House. Weekly volunteering sessions
Email csh-landproject@permablitzlondon.com

Organic Lea – Hawkwood Plant Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH.  Organiclea hold Open Days at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery on the last Sunday of each month 12pm – 4pm. Just show up and join in. Regular volunteer days at Hawkwood are Wednesdays and Fridays 11am-4pm, and Tuesday afternoons 1.30-4pm. New volunteers are asked to join a volunteer induction, on the 1st Wednesday or 3rd Friday of every month. Check the website for more information including induction dates, www.organiclea.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/

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

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



October 2018 London Permaculture News

Permablitz at Forest Farm Peace Garden

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

Hainault, East London

Come and help plant and find out about native forest garden plants on this permablitz. It is the second of three to implement a project funded by ‘Grow Wild’ (led by Kew Gardens) to showcase edible, wildlife-friendly plants that have been growing in Britain since ancient times. Mini-workshops will cover ‘what are native plants?’, an overview of the plants, and an explanation of Forest Farm Peace Garden’s forest garden design and this new area being established.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here

One day Intro to Permaculture

Saturday 6th October, 10am-4pm

Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Park, London N4

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

Introduction to Forest Gardening

Tuesday 9th October, 6.00pm-8.30pm

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

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

Abundance Day at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Sunday October 14, 12pm-4pm

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

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

Good Food Good Farming March

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

Parliament Square, London SW1

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

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

Thursday 18th October, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN

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

Build Your Own Solar Charger

Saturday 20th October

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

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

Permablitz at Glengall Wharf Garden

Sunday 21st October, 10am-5pm

Peckham, South London

Come and find out about compost – the morning of this permablitz will consist of a workshop all about compost and then in the afternoon we will be laying down compost on the spot in the form of a lasagne mulch over the forest garden. We have been laying down a lasagne mulch of cardboard, manure and woodchip every year since the first permablitz at Glengall Wharf Garden in September 2013 so you will have a chance to see how the soil and the plants have developed since then.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

RHS Urban Garden Show

26-28 October 2018

Westminster, London SW1P 2QW

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

Introduction to Permaculture

Tuesday 30th October

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

Permaculture is an ethical design system, based on ecological principles, that creates sustainable and regenerative human habitats by following nature’s patterns. This evening will introduce it’s core ethics, principles and design tools focusing in particular on it’s relevance to horticulture and individual and community collaboration. We will look at where you can see permaculture applied at Permaculture Learning and Demonstration sites around London and we will also consider how attendees can apply permaculture in their own lives.
Speaker: Susannah Hall, head gardener at Cecil Sharp House permaculture LAND project and for several private gardens. She is a permaculture designer and offers training in permaculture design and gardening. Tickets from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-permaculture-tickets-50403846261

Capital Growth training courses in October

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

Stir to Action’s New Economy Programme – workshop discount

Book your place for New Economy workshops October – July

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

Musical Compost for the Soul!

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

Forthcoming Events

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 10th November – Sunday 11th November

Arc Hall, Hoathly Hill Community, West Hoathly RH194SJ

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

Understanding all about fruit trees

Thursday 15th November • 6.30pm-8.30pm

Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN

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

Permaculture Association Annual General Tree Planting Meeting

Saturday 17th November, 11am – 5pm

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

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


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/

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

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



November 2018 London Permaculture News

Permaculture Association Annual General Tree Planting Meeting

Saturday 17th November, 11am – 5pm

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG

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

Permablitz at Weedington Road Community Garden

Saturday 3rd November, 10am-5pm

Kentish Town, London

Come along for the first permablitz in a series to create a community garden at this unused space in Weedington Road in Kentish Town. This permablitz will focus on preparing the soil and feeding the soil-food-web. We will be clearing some of the existing plants, loosening the soil, laying down a lasagne mulch and planting a green manure. We will also be planting some salad plants that will be ready to harvest in the spring. Mini-workshops will explain the benefits of preparing the soil with lasagne mulches and green manures. They will particularly highlight the key role of the soil-food-web ecosystem in establishing good soil structure and developing natural fertility.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

Apply for a smallholding at Arlington

Deadline is Wednesday 7th November,midnight

The Ecological Land Cooperative(ELC) has been granted temporary planning permission by Wealdon District Council to create three affordable smallholdings for new entrant farmers in Arlington, East Sussex. The mission of the ELC is to provide affordable opportunities for ecological land-based businesses in England and Wales. The ELC supports rural regeneration by developing affordable residential sites for farming, forestry and other land-based enterprises which are ecologically beneficial and financially viable.

We’re delighted to announce that the process to apply for a smallholding at our Arlington site is now open. The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 7th November.We welcome your application and look forward to reading about your business ideas and your vision for your ecological farm business. For more information, and the application form go to https://ecologicalland.coop/application

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday 10th November – Sunday 11th November

Arc Hall, Hoathly Hill Community, West Hoathly RH194SJ

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

Home composting & healthy soils workshop

Saturday 10th November, 10am–1pm

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

Composting expert Paul Richens will lead the workshop, which has been designed to encourage and inspire those wishing to improve their home composting know-how. Come along to discover why composting is absolutely key to creating healthy soil to produce food and flowers through building soil fertility, reducing waste and saving you money! More information at http://suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk/events/home-composting-healthy-soils-workshop-saturday-10th-november-2018/

Plant Flowers in South London Orchard

Sunday 11th November, 12 noon-3pm

Agnes Riley Gardens, Clapham, SW12 0AH

Help The Orchard Project to plant bee-friendly flowers and shrubs in the Orchard Wildife Area next to the Community Garden in Agnes Riley Park. These plants will provide nectar all year round for bees and other insects that pollinate the orchard. Tools and hot soup provided. All welcome. Wear appropriate clothing.
Please sign up for free here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/flower-and-shrub-planting-workshop-south-london-tickets-51809799505

Northwick Park Community Garden

Tuesday 13th November, 7pm-9pm

The Windermere Pub, South Kenton, HA9 8QT
In a special area of Northwick Park we are planning on planting a communal green space where the community can unwind, learn and harvest seasonal produce. We need your help to co-create and shape our wonderful Community Garden together. Come along to our launch event and have your say by sharing ideas and being part of something special in our local area.

Understanding all about fruit trees

Thursday 15th November • 6.30pm-8.30pm

Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN

This workshop will explain how fruit trees grow and what to consider when planting them. As well as explaining rootstocks, pollination partners and spacing, the workshop will also look at how to create an ecological design to support your fruit trees. Organised by Permablitz London, free to attend. Please RSVP to benc@bac.org.uk

Rosehip Syrup Making Workshop

Friday 16th November, 11am-12 noon

Forest Farm Peace Garden, end of Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault, Essex IG6 2XL

Find out how to make delicious and healthy syrup using the abundant rosehips gathered from our garden. This is a free workshop. Please register if you’d like to attend at: info@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

 

Go Sustain – Inspiring the world into sustainability

Saturday 17th November 9:30am–6pm

London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DB

Project “GoSustain” is a one-day event to inspire you into a sustainable lifestyle. Topics such as sustainable living space, energy conservation, food sustainability, sustainable economy and many more. Its a community project purely to inspire people and give back to the world. Book your early bird spot here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/go-sustain-inspiring-the-world-into-sustainability-tickets-49249845614

Permablitz at Cecil Sharp House

Saturday 24th November, 10am-4pm

Cecil Sharp House, Camden, NW1 7AY

This permablitz at Cecil Sharp House will be to prepare the garden for winter, cutting down perennials, adding leaf mould and bark chip mulch onto the soil. We will also be collecting leaves to make leaf mould (Cecil Sharp House has a 2-year leaf-mould cycle to compost down the Plane tree leaves, that will be explained in a mini-workshop) and we’ll be planting some bulbs for spring. There will also be a chance to take some cuttings. There will be mini-workshops on ‘what are bulbs?’, how to create leaf-mould and taking hard-wood cuttings.
RSVP Essential: if you want to come along you need to let us know so we know numbers and we can give you all the specific details. Contact us here letting us know which permablitz you want to join.

Unusual edible perennials workshop

Tuesday 27th November, 6.30pm-9pm

Cecil Sharp House, Camden, NW1 7AY

This workshop will take a look at a broad selection of unusual edible perennials: trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, groundcover and roots that you can include in your garden and in forest garden designs. The workshop will outline the different yields you can expect from the plants. You’ll be able to see some of the plants in the Cecil Sharp House Garden and receive a handout with details of the plants.
You’ll have a chance to try a salad with unusual edible leaves gathered from the Cecil Sharp House garden. To book tickets go to https://billetto.co.uk/en/e/unusual-edible-perennials-workshop-tickets-316560/

News

£25,000 Permaculture Magazine Prize Announces Winners

Established in 2018, the Permaculture Magazine Prize aims to showcase the very best examples of ecological, social and economical regenerative permaculture projects in the world. We want to shine a light on good people and good works in a world on the edge of collapse and climate crisis. We are therefore delighted to announce the winner and runners up of its main category plus the Youth prize supported by the Abundant Earth Foundation.

The Ghana Permaculture Institute (GPI) takes the main £10,000 award for its extraordinary work with its farming community and beyond. The four runners up are equally impressive and each will receive £2,500. They are Albaydha Project, Saudi Arabia; Guba, Swaziland; Bentley Urban Farm, UK; Permaculture Provision Project, USA. More details about the winning projects on the Permaculture Magazine website at https://www.permaculture.co.uk/news/25000-permaculture-magazine-prize-announces-winners

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture LAND garden wins Camden in Bloom Best Business Garden 2018

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture LAND project has won Camden in Bloom Best Business Garden 2018 for the third year running. The Cecil Sharp House garden is a low maintenance permaculture design inspired by the folk adage: one for the birds, one for the bugs and one for me which chimes very well with the permaculture ethos of earth care, people care, fair shares. It is based on working with the soil-food-web, wildlife and plants as co-gardeners to maintain health and fertility. The garden is always open for visitors. https://www.cecilsharphouse.org/csh-visit-us/csh-garden

Forthcoming Events

Natural Dye Workshop

Sunday 2nd December, 12pm-4.30pm

Cecil Sharp House, Camden, NW1 7AY

Come along to this workshop to learn about dyeing fabric with natural plant dyes. You will learn about mordants, recipes to produce different colours and see fabric swatches being dyed with natural plant dyes. To book tickets see https://billetto.co.uk/en/e/natural-dye-workshop-tickets-316558/


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/

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

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



December 2018 London Permaculture News

Permablitz at Reay Primary School

Saturday 1st December, 10am- 3:30pm

The Oval, south London

We are delighted to invite you for our first Permablitz organised at the Reay Primary School garden to prepare the land for creating a sensory garden for children between 3-11 years old. We will be preparing soil for planting next year by laying down a lasagne mulch of cardboard, manure and bark chip. There will be plenty of tools for children to join in! We will also be moving a bug hotel to a new space and talking about the different ‘bugs’ that might use the hotel. Mini-workshops will include a talk about the decomposing bugs, fungi and microbes in the soil that will be living in and eating the lasagne mulch and a presentation about the design for the children’s sensory garden.

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

Tree Planting with Sustainable Hackney and Plastic Free Hackney

Sunday 2nd December, 10am to 5pm

Thanks to the Mayor of London and the Woodland Trust we have 320 baby trees – (saplings/wipps) to plant along the River Lea area to regenerate biodiversity and wildlife habitat in the area. Last time we did a giant litter pick, let us join forces again to plant trees that will last a life time whilst help London become a national park city, and help sequester carbon, reducing air pollution for future generations.  For full details, and meeting point please email bettina@plasticfreehackney.com.

This event is part of a London-wide tree planting weekend, over the 1st and 2nd December. to find an event near you, go to https://www.london.gov.uk/events/2018-12-01/volunteer-tree-planting-event

Christmas Drinks with Transition Primrose Hill

Thursday 20th December, 6pm

The Queens, 49 Regent’s Park Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 8XD

Come and join Transition Primrose Hill for seasonal drinks at The Queens on Thursday 20 December at 6.pm. All welcome, especially if you want to get more involved in local environmental projects.

Christmas Events at London’s City Farms

Vauxhall City Farm – Christmas Family Weekend

Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd December, 11am – 3.30pm

A festive weekend of Christmas fun

https://www.vauxhallcityfarm.org/Event/christmas-family-weekend

Kentish Town City Farm Christmas Fayre

Sunday 9th December, 12 noon-4pm

Santa’s Grotto ~ Pony Rides ~ Stocking Fillers

http://ktcityfarm.org.uk/whats-on/

Spitalfields City Farm – Families Go Wild Winter Fayre!

Saturday 15th December, 12 noon – 2pm

Farm Tours – Tombola – Christmas Crafts – Farm Grown Preserves – Handmade Gifts – Mince Pies

https://www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org/whats-on/2018/11/14/families-go-wild-winter-fayre

Mudchute City Farm Christmas Festivities

Saturday 15th December, 12 noon-5pm

Tree decoration contest and craft workshop

https://www.mudchute.org/news/christmas-festivities-2018

Forest Farm Peace Garden Volunteering Opportunity

Forest Farm Peace Garden is now recruiting new buddy volunteers to join their ecotherapy team. Do you love being in nature and supporting others? Being a buddy is an opportunity to develop skills and experience in social and therapeutic gardening and support work, as well as learn more about organic growing and permaculture. Two-days free training is provided on Friday 8th & 15th February 2019. The closing date for applications is Friday 1st February. For further details see the website: https://www.forestfarmpeacegarden.org/buddy-volunteers

Project Dirt becomes Semble!

Projects which were part of the London Permaculture network cluster have been moved from Project Dirt to Semble. The information about your project remains the same, but please update your project in Semble.
It will take just a few minutes, and this is what to do:
1. Login at semble.org using your email and password.
Tip: Can’t remember your password? Click ‘forgot password’ to reset it!
2. Click on “My profile” in the menu (look for the little down arrow in top right corner).
3. Go to your project, and click “Edit this post” in the green sidebar.
4. Make your changes, review, and publish. Easy peasy.

Forthcoming Events

Silvopasture for Climate Resiliency

Thursday 10th January 11am – 4pm

e5 Bakehouse, 395 Mentmore Terrace. London E8 3PH

Discover the potential of silvopasture for transforming livestock farming, from the use of trees as fodder for animals, to the potent impacts on climate resiliency and carbon sequestration. The practice was rated by Project Drawdown as the top agricultural solution to climate change. Cost £50
More info: http://e5bakehouse.com/classes/silvopasture-for-climate-resiliency/
We are not taking online bookings for this class, please call us on 0208 525 2890 to book your place.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop at Cecil Sharp House

Sunday 13th January, 12pm-4pm

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. We will be pruning the trees in the Cecil Sharp House garden so you will have a chance to have a go. The session will also look at preparing your tools and other winter fruit tree maintenance. Cost £20 – Includes lunch of soup and salad. for more info and tickets see http://www.permablitzlondon.com/event/fruit-tree-pruning-workshop/


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/

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

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

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