Client interviews Summerpool Garden Economies presentation We didn’t quite to the end where I present an alternative Macro economic model, based on the ideas presented in Sh ort Circuit by Richard Douthwaite

Chester PDC: Session 10


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water and soil Weekend two of the Reading PDC focussed on the principles 3 and 4, Obtain a yield and Apply limitations and accept feedback. Feedback is the force the drives evolution and principle 4 leads us into systems thinking, reminding us that ecological systems gain their stability from a complex […]

Reading 2/6


Suntrap. Illustrating a few design principles, Strategic placement of elements allows them to function together as a system. Hedge to deflect cold night air and winds whilst maximising harvest of warm sun. A defined environment provides, security and integrity whilst meeting key design objectives.
We begin our design challenge in our 9th session with a walk around the site to the Retreat house garden and also underneath the city walls to the falconry garden. The first is an enclosed private space, more for staff than visitors which provides the course team with a wonderful […]

Chester PDC: 9 Cathedral gardens design challenge



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Here is the presentation from the session Permaculture and people By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between them and they support each other. This icon represents a group of people from a bird’s-eye view, holding hands in a circle together. The space in the centre […]

Chester PDC: 8 Lets work together


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Through obsevation and interaction Permaculture design can reveal how to turn problems into solutions. The Overview effect: to se the view we need to change our perspective, and where better to start that with the testimony of 5 astronauts who gained the perspective of seeing the earth from space, as […]

Reading PDC: 1/6 Permaculture and the city


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Hear the permaculture principles put to music by the Formidable Vegetable Sound System Secret Life of Chaos, Dr Jim Al-Kalili makes sense of the complexity of patterns and chaos, the understanding of which represents the leading frontier of our scientific understanding.   Patterns in nature, PowerPoint from session 7 Patterns presentation. […]

Chester PDC: 7 Pattern language



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Principle: Nature runs on cycles. There is no waste. The outputs of one process or system are the inputs for another. Pay attention to Inputs and outputs, think of them as relationships Compost and other strategies to process and hold on to nutrients Designing cyclical systems, by linking outputs and inputs […]

Chester PDC: D6 Waste not want not


Energy yields to investment for the major il companies, how long can we maintain dwindling return on investments like this?
  Energy is the driver of a system. In nature the energy in is always solar power and natural systems tend to be energy efficient – natural selection culls inefficiencies and rewards those that operate on local and natural resources. Energy occurs in patterns: day and night, seasons, etc. and efficient systems tends […]

Chester PDC: Day 5 – Appreciating natural materials and services


The client was a national children's charity with a new respite home opening in the Welsh hills near Newtown.
The design team for the project was comprised of PDC students in the second part of their two week course. Among their number is a chef, a concert violinist, an architect, a rocket scientist (yes really), a forest school trainer, a fashion model, a care worker and an MA student. Diversity […]

Designing a vision for the Honeypot



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We  kick off our 2017 programme with a 6 weekend PDC at RISC Reading. Sector39, our teaching partnership began from work done in 2002-5 in Reading at RISC, on the roof garden and in Wales at Chickenshack housing co-op. These two project gave us experience and insight enough to begin teaching […]

New PDC course dates for 2017


Gaia: Earth is a closed system running on solar energy
The first 6 principles as outlined by David Holmgren draw heavily on natural systems and ecology and are essentially the rules derived from observation of the natural world. Principle number 4 is the biggie I say this as it links us to systems thinking and the reality that everything is […]

Chester PDC: D4 Systems and feedback


There are at least 5 trophic levels of living organisms in healthy soil
Soil is alive, the real partnership we have to understand is with the living organisms in the soil. This is key to our long term survival on this planet and how we can meet our needs in partnership with nature. Here is Geoff Lawton taking a permaculture and bio dynamic […]

Chester PDC: D3 Obtain a yield



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This BBC documentary was made a few years ago but has not dated. It visits permaculture pioneers Patrick Whitefield, Chris and Lynne Dixon as well as investigating the legacy of Arthur Hollins through the eyes of Rebecca Hoskins a natural world photographic journalist who is returning to the family farm […]

PDC Chester: D2 Nature as a teacher


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Not your normal classroom! We are thrilled to running the first ever PDC in Chester Cathedral’s 1000 year history; we are also wondering has anyone else, anywhere actually run a PDC in a Cathedral? We are rather excited and proud of that possibility! We have 12 participants, interesting number for […]

PDC Chester: D1 The first supper


Following on from this open evening talk, a full PDC at Chester Cathedral 4
Arranging this at short notice, and we need a minimumm of 10 peope to proceed, but this is really exciting opportunty to take permaculture into a new area. Please get in touch with me directly if you are interested. Plan is to run a full PDC based on a series […]

Full PDC @ Chester Cathedral, 12 evenings + 1 weekend