Next Course: Info and booking details Introduction to Permaculture at Braziers Park 17-18 September
Whether you have a tiny garden, smallholding, a large farm or just a pot, permaculture design techniques will revolutionise your space, increase your yields and teach you sustainability, abundance and regenerative skills that are not just for gardening. Autumn and winter is the time to design your space or project for permaculture
Permaculture is a design system that operates within natural systems – the word comes from ‘permanent culture’ originally meaning sustainable agriculture but broadened to culture since it has been used to design many other sustainable systems for living, working and problem solving creatively and ecologically.
It’s essentially a design system for sustainability and regeneration in harmony with nature – sometimes called a revolution disguised as gardening – it teaches design principles that can be applied to food growing and all areas of life.
In food growing natural systems rather than traditional are followed – integrating different crops that grow well together rather than segregating as in mono culture, sustaining and improving soil by not digging or ploughing, composting, close planting and mulching. Increasing yields especially from perennial plants, using least effort for greater rewards and eliminating any chemicals or poisons by restoring natural balance. Yes even slug control! If there are too many slugs (we need to accept some) there are too few beetles to eat the eggs and too few hedgehogs or maybe ducks – restore the balance.
Permaculture principles and design tools can be used to develop sustainable solutions to all kinds of problems in all areas of life and work, its not just for gardeners.
The three ethics that guide permaculture and its 12 principles are
Earth Care – People Care – Fair Shares