Three of us joined an introduction to permaculture course at the weekend, which was a fun and inspiring couple of days. It was run by Naturewise, and hosted by Friends of Tottenham Marshes at their Waterside centre in the Lee Valley.
Day one dealt with the theory of permaculture – the basic principles of working with nature, observing systems as a whole, and creating beneficial relationships.
On day two we got a bit more hands-on, planting seeds, clearing brush, creating insect habitats, and making terraced beds.
Since permaculture forms the foundations for Transition Towns, it was very helpful to get to grips with the basic concepts. There’s lots more to explore and to learn, but I can already see how the permaculture approach can be applied as a thinking tool.
If you would like to take a similar course, Naturewise will be running two-day courses in North London in May. Details here.