April News

Permaculture Picturehouse

Tuesday 1 April
doors open 6.45pm

Grasp the Nettle

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Shot over three years in the aftermath of the 2008 banking collapse, Grasp the Nettle is an intimate exploration of the rise and fall of two radical social experiments, pioneered by the loved and the lost of a city reeling from the impact of economic and ecological crisis. In the process, it asks hard questions about the nature of freedom and the meaning of activism in ‘interesting times’.

1st Tuesday of the month

Always at Passing Clouds, Hackney, 1 Richmond Rd, E8 4AA, Behind the Haggerston Pub.

Permaculture Picturehouse is London’s regular permaculture social event – feature length and short films on subjects from the whole permaculture spectrum of interests, accompanied by talks from people involved in local and national projects. All night bar and delicious locally sourced vegetarian food.

For exactly the same info, but to check out the PPH swanky new website go to:)            www.permaculturepicturehouse.co.uk

May: Tuesday 6th May – tbc

London Permablitzes

Meadway Garden

Saturday 19th April 2014 10am – 5pm

Meadway garden is a new plot that we will be developing into a Permaculture demonstration site. Come and join us on this Permablitz. The day will be spent tussling with a poly tunnel, banging together some raised beds, creating a herb spiral and concocting compost!

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. RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Glengall Wharf Garden


Sunday 4 May 2014 – 10am-5pm

Come and join us on this permablitz to establish a rainwater harvesting and irrigation system at Glengall Wharf Garden.This permablitz will be part of International Permaculture Day. 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. RSVP to info@permablitzlondon.com

Calling all Permaculture Designers!

Permablitz London are looking for more volunteer designers. If you’ve completed a permaculture design course and want to get some real life design experience get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. Join our guild and help us give London gardens an edible makeover. Each permablitz implements a permaculture design. Generally we have 2-4 designers working on each blitz. We try to make sure at least one of those has done several designs. Sometimes a designer might work alone if they are keen and experienced. If you’d like to get involved contact Kayode at info@permablitzlondon.com.

For more details about permablitzing in London see the website: www.permablitzlondon.com

Permaculture Movie Night at Cafe Cairo


Thursday 24 April 7pm

Film: Garbage Warrior. Garbage Warrior turns trash into green-built homes.

88 Landor Road, London SW9 9PE

Seasons of soil permablitz with the Quadrangle Trust

Saturday April 26, 2014

Want to see permaculture design in action?
You can be part of a rapid solutions development on the ground using the principles of permaculture all in a day.
This is a free event hosted by the Quadrangle Trust and is our spring event in the programme – “Seasons of Soil” . Our focus for the day will be the themes of soil, compost and fertility. How we make best use of our time will be decided on the day. This is a community action and will be a fun and relaxed day out. There will be plenty of learning, opportunity to get physical and a chance to meet similar curious minds like yours.
Kevin Mascarenhas -naturalflowdesign@gmail.com

London Permaculture Festival

Sunday 6th July

London_Permaculture_Festival_Ad_Feb_newsletterThis year’s London Permaculture Festival is fast approaching. Anyone out there that can help make 2014 an even bigger success than before? We will be at Cecil Sharp House, Camden again on Sunday, 6th July. Could do with help with programming, publicity, and on the day itself. Get in touch if you can lend a hand: info@londonpermaculturefestival.com or go to www.londonpermaculturefestival.com.

International Permaculture Day

Sunday 4th May


Anyone want to help collate and coordinate London events for International Permaculture Day this year? We would like to use the day to make a concerted attempt to raise the profile of permaculture in the capital. This would be a ‘dry run’ for International Permaculture Day, 2015, which will launch events leading up to the International Permaculture Convergence to be held in Britain next year. Contact

International Permaculture Day

Sunday 4th May 11am-5pm

Permaculture Land Walk and Talk


Starting from Rochester Square Community Garden and finishing at the Calthorpe Project on Grays Inn Road, visiting 2 LAND sites.

Organised by Leslie Coupland, phone: 07975 654962

Green Peppers Orchard and Forest Garden


We are a permaculture collective in Camden, London NW1. We get together to work and learn and share at the Orchard and the Forest garden. Everybody is welcome.

6-week Food Growing Course

starts Saturday 26th April

Carshalton Community Allotment, 33-35 Colston Avenue, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2PW

If you are just starting out, or would like to get some more detailed knowledge of food growing, then this course is for you. Over 6 weeks you will learn everything you need to know to confidently grow your own fruit and veg. Over the six weeks you will get hands on experience as well as theoretical knowledge and the support of an experienced tutor

More details: http://www.localfoodnetwork.org.uk/index.php/6-week-food-growing-course/

Creative Culinary Container Gardening


Sunday 27th April 2014

This workshop will take you through which vegetables are good container crops and how to get the most out of limited growing space. With an emphasis on attractive recycled containers, we will help you upcycle unwanted kitchen tins and utensils into thrifty, attractive planters for your garden. Windowsill and patio friendly – this workshop is suitable for people with or without garden space.
More info at http://www.localfoodnetwork.org.uk/index.php/creative-culinary-container-gardening-april-2014/
Carshalton Community Allotment, 33-35 Colston Avenue, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2PW

Spring into action! London PDC


Spring into Action! is a accredited permaculture design course in North London, based at LAND learner site the Meadow Orchard Project in Crouch End. Six weekends, including 12/13 April and 26/27 April. The course is taught by Graham Burnett (Dip.perm.des), Claire White (Dip.perm.des), James Piers Taylor + a range of guest tutors. If you are interested in attending, find out more and book on the course at our website: http://springintoactionpdc.blogspot.com

If you have any other questions please contact Claire White at:
07899843061or clairewhitegardens@gmail.com

PDC in South London – creating resilient urban communities

This Permaculture Design Course is a 72-hour inspiring course, accredited by the UK Permaculture Association. Over the period of 13 weekend days we will explore practical and creative solutions for building resilient communities and designing abundant eco-systems. We will discover how we can work with, rather than against nature to fulfil our human needs whilst caring for the earth and the people.

Lead facilitator is Hedvig Murray from the Brighton Permaculture Trust. Co-facilitators are Lucy Hyde, Michel Thill, Duncan Law, and more.
Visit www.sociallandscapes.co.uk/event/pdc2014/ for more information or contact Michel Thill (michel@sociallandscapes.co.uk – 07901036220) to express interest.

Creating a Forest Garden

15 week course on Tuesdays

Forest gardens are a way of growing food in a low-maintenance, productive polyculture which makes the most efficient use of space and natural processes. Learn all about forest gardens and get a qualification on the way on this exciting new 15 week course!
Starts on Tuesday 4th March 2014 for 15 weeks (not on 8th, 15th or 28th May). The last date is Tue July 1st.
www.ediblelandscapeslondon.org.uk/CreatingAForestGarden, or or phone 07733 330 379 (during the day) for more info

’21st Century Permaculture’ radio show


13th April – Adrian Kowal on Connecting with Nature
27th April – Nick Boyce on Permaculture in the Amazon

Listen live on www.ShoreditchRadio.co.uk

Listen to past shows at your leisure: www.MixCloud.com/21stCenturyPermaculture

Permaculture in Brighton

brightonBrighton is busy this April – lots of events going on! We do like to be beside the seaside, joining Brighton Permaculture Trust – just a train ride away.

Building with Straw Bales

Fri 4 – Sun 6 April 2014

An intensive practical and theoretical building course, covering all basic skills needed to build with straw bales.   Course fee (depending on income): £145-£280.  Tutor: Ian Brown.  CPD CERTIFIED.  See website for full details.
Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, Brighton BN1 9PZ

Green Architecture Day Brighton 2014 with Satish Kumar

Saturday April 5, 2014 from 9:45am to 5pm

This year’s theme is: Health and Buildings.
Green Architecture Day presents a comprehensive programme led by designers, practitioners and professionals. Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 OJY

Self Building an Earthship

Fri April 11 to Sun April 13, 2014

This course is for anyone interested in learning about the construction of an Earthship. It includes practical workshops and aims to give a thorough understanding of the process.
Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, Brighton BN1 9PZ

Introduction to Permaculture

Sat. April 19th to Sun 20th April, 2014

This course introduces the basics of permaculture design and shows how this approach can be applied to individual circumstances to facilitate a move towards sustainability.
Tutors: Chloe Anthony, Tracy Hind, Hedvig Murray, Fran Pickering, Bryn Thomas.
Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, Brighton BN1 9PZ

Details of all courses on Brighton Permaculture Trust website

Open days & volunteering opportunities below

London 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://thelondonorchardproject.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.

FOOD from the SKY

Tuesdays: 10am to 1pm

Saturdays(1st of the month): 12noon to 4pm

Crouch End, N8 http://foodfromthesky.org.uk

The Meadow Orchard

Every Saturday 11-4pm

Crouch End, N8, workday to care for the site, garden, orchard and wildlife meadow.

Eco-building every Friday 10.30am-5pm

Variable depending on leaders availability so check website www.meadoworchard.org

Burgess Park Food Project

have regular volunteer sessions every Sunday 1-3pm
March 23rd - Planting the Forest Garden 11 – 3pm. Bring something to share for lunch
If your project would like to advertise it’s Open Days or Volunteer Days – just email us.