Camping field for the PDC
The two week intensive permaculture design certificate course is designed to create a momentum for change. A PDC reinforces inner convictions, supplies the skills, knowledge and networks that enable personal change. It is always an uplifiting experience and for many is a life changing or watershed moment; turning ideas and […]

May PDC, Mid Wales


Links: Cultivate Project, Newtown, Wales: community gardens, local produce, plant nursery, horticulture training – http://www.cultivate.uk.com/ Garden Planet Biochar – http://www.gardenplanetbiochar.org.uk/ Making Biochar To Improve Soil, Mother Earth News – http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/making-biochar-improve-soil-zmaz09fmzraw The Farm, Tennessee – http://www.thefarm.org/ Mushroom People – https://www.mushroompeople.com/ Terra preta – http://www.biochar.info/biochar.terra-preta.cfml Ithaka Institure, biochar – http://www.ithaka-institut.org/en/home Dragons Housing […]

PDC 4/6 – Sunday 05/03/17 – “Integrate rather than segregate”


Links: Cesar Manique, Lanzarote cactus garden – http://www.lanzaroteinformation.com/content/jardin-de-cactus-0 PermoAfrica Centre – https://permoafricacentre.wordpress.com/ Biomimicry Institute, Janine Benyus – https://biomimicry.org/janine-benyus/ Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales – http://www.cat.org.uk/index.html Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret – http://www.cowspiracy.com/ Earthship Biotecture, Michael Reynolds – http://earthship.com/ Videos: Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci and Being a Plant (1 of 3), […]

PDC 4/6 – Sat 04/03/17 – “Design from patterns to ...



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Session 6 – Permaculture Design Principle “Produce No Waste” Topics and key points included: Class discussion about ideas for group project Succession Grazed -v- ungrazed land Continuous inputs from outside the system are not required if using local materials & producing no waste, i.e. recycling Creation of abundance from cyclical […]

PDC Reading 3/6 – P6 – Waste not


Here is our carbon budget going forward
Session 5 – Permaculture Design Principle “Use & Value Renewable Resources & Services” Links: Vertical Forest Buildings – www.technocracy.news/index.php/2017/02/07 Forest Gardening, Busoga, Uganda – http://www.sector39.co.uk/blog/?p=6851 Energy, Oil, Economics – https://ourfiniteworld.com/ Atmospheric CO2 – https://www.co2.earth/ Climate Change – https://skepticalscience.com/ Calculator for angle of sun & other info. – http://www.suncalc.org Videos: “Worms […]

PDC Reading 3/6 – P 5 Natural resources


Holmgren's permaculture principle 4
Permaculture Design Principle: “Apply self-regulation and accept feedback” Topics and key points included: “The sins of the fathers are visited on the children of the seventh generation” – long-term impacts of activities Feedback is key to how nature operates in self-regulating systems in dynamic equilibrium Oxygen is a key element […]

PDC Reading 2/6- P 4 – 5th February 2017



Observations from nature inform the core ideas behind the principles of permaculture design
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


Links: Thrive – Reading-based charity, gardening therapy, education – http://www.thrive.org.uk/ Erleigh Road Community Garden, Reading – https://www.facebook.com/erleighroadcommunitygarden/ Videos: Ron Finley, Guerilla Gardener – http://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_central_la Graham Bell, Orchard Management – http://grahambell.org/consultancy/orchard-management/ Water: The Strangest Chemical In The Universe, Guardian Explainers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q0ApYZrMTk Potato Control, Michael Pollan – http://www.pbs.org/thebotanyofdesire/potato-control.php Food Inc., Michael […]

PDC Reading; weekend 2/6 P3 Yields


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



Holmgren's permaculture principle 4
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 P3+4 Yields and Systems


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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



afristar permaculture posters
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


Links: UN: Only Small Farmers and Agroecology Can Feed the World – http://permaculturenews.org/2014/09/26/un-small-farmers-agroecology-can-feed-world/ The Organic Research Centre, Wakelyns Agroforestry – http://www.organicresearchcentre.com/?go=Organic%20Research%20Centre&page=Contact%20us Colin Tudge – http://www.colintudge.com/ Oxford Real Farming Conference – http://orfc.org.uk/blog/ The Campaign for Real Farming and The College for Enlightened Agriculture http://www.campaignforrealfarming.org/ School Global Gardens Network – http://www.globalgardens.org.uk/ Food4Families, […]

PDC 1/6 – Sun 22/01/17 – “Catch & store energy”


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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