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I know this is a little late as the event was almost two weeks ago, but things are a little busy on the allotment and others.

Upon arriving at the festival and moving on into the Garden, I was a little worried that the event this year was watered down a bit or at least will have far fewer people attending, But, within an hour or so and after attending the first workshop, things picked up rather nicely.

For anyone who would like to attend the event in the future but have been holding back due to the distance, just keep in mind that to make the journey worth while, the event is held just minutes walk away from the Camden Market area, Regent’s Park and the London Zoo as well as the local Regent’s Canal. If one does not want to walk the entire distance to Camden Market just for a bite to eat, there are many restaurants and Cafe’s between Camden Town Station and the Cecil Sharp House.
Although, the event together with all of the various workshops should keep you busy for the whole 6 hours!

The book stand operated by Permanent Publications was, as usual, one of the busiest stalls in the Market at the festival (no surprise there), the Rare Plant Nursery Edulis was there also as usual but with what seemed like fewer plants this year when compared to previous years yet still with a good variety available (or is it perhaps that I arrived a little late and much of the stock was already sold?)
They source, grow and sell rare edible plants including bulbs, climbers (vines), nitrogen fixers, berry plants, herbs and more, if you missed this year’s event and like what Edulis stocks, they now offer delivery so you can order in an online / mailorder type setting. I currently own about 8 various shrub, berry and edible plants from them and can highly recommend their stock including two of my favourite berry plants Japanese Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius) and Chokeberry (Aronia prunifolia)[ 2-3 varieties offered]. The owner of Edulis is a Permaculturist himself and therefore many of these plants will have more than one function in a design.


I further found hand crafted teas, soaps, agricultural tools for sale, hemp health products, moringa health products and the ever present Cake Stand with it’s attention to the various diets of festival attendees. There were protest and awareness stands, childrens activities from storytelling, bug hunting in the garden etc.

Permablitz London were also there doing some work, I unfortunately didn’t manage to go see exactly what, but a general idea is mentioned on the Timetable image at the top of this post  article. Permablitzing is a very good eay to learn and get some real practical experience in Permaculture with some insight into how designs are implemented and function. Once you attend 3 Permablitzes, you can get one done at your property, allotment / community garden or even nominate a friend / family members property to receive a ‘Permaculture Overhaul’.

In conclusion, this was honestly the most successful one that I have attended over the years having met loads of people doing very interesting work not only locally but internationally as well and I shall be attending these events every year onwards …

I will post again when I know the date of the 2018 festival.

I came across this festival via a pamphlet I got at the London Permaculture Festival last week and decided to help promote it, unfortunately the date of the event is just next week and is far too late for me to be able to even attampt to attend. I will now hopefully be able to book it for next year if possible …

This years event will be held between Thursday 10th to Saturday 13th of August 2017 and you can still book tickets on their website.

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Watching the video (3.5 mins long) this is definitely an event which is worthwhile to go to, I’m sadly going to miss the opportunity this year, it looks excellent especially for kids!

For those who are unable to watch the video or stream it for some reason, the following are some of the events and things to do at the festival based on last year’s video:

  • Archery,
  • Off Grid College,
  • Crafts and Tech area,
  • Well Being Area,
  • The Wildwood,
  • Off Grid Kids Area,
  • Live Music Barn,
  • Eco Build Demos
  • Organic Food and Drink,
  • Family Camping.

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Off Grid Festival Website (Click Here).

Other courses / talks on offer are:

New Economy – Permaculture – Eco-Build – 12v Technology (solar / wind power) – Bushcraft – Growing Food – Low-Impact Living – Land – Social Enterprise – Community Housing – Energy – Forest School – Conflict Resolution – Foraging & Wild Medicine – Yoga – Dance & Meditaion

Honestly, I’m contemplating faking a semi serious illness to get off from work now …. 🙂

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London Permaculture Festival 2017

We have 15 days left for the London Permaculture Festival of 2017, For full details (opening times, address, entrance fees etc. Please Click Here on the previous post).

My personal three favourite attractions at the event are The Rare Plant Nursery, The book store and the Workshops.

They have updated the itineary for the Festival and the Workshops which are free (part of the entrance fee) which you can attend, as follows:

Workshops in 2017 include:

  • Maddy Harland: Climate change, carbon sequestering and restoring ecosystems
  • Mark Ridsdill Smith: Growing food without a garden – the six secrets to success in container growing
  • Andy Goldring: The Thriving Communities project – raising funds and support to tackle disadvantage across the UK with permaculture
  • Tomas Remiarz: Forest gardening in practice for homes, communities and enterprises
  • Kevin Mascarenhas: Business as a living system inspired by natural patterns
  • Mary Rawlinson: Building with Straw Bales
  • Robin Grey & Rachel Rose Reid: A music, poetry and storytelling circle on land and housing rights from the Tree Acres and a Cow team
  • Alex Laird: Living medicine: Self care with food & herbs
  • Ben Cullen: OLIO free app – Join the food sharing revolution!
  • Mich Thill: Permaculture livelihood
  • Chloe Anthony: Introduction to permaculture as a design system
  • Sue Amos: Composting for urban gardeners
  • Cecilia Litvinoff & Pamela Adams: Making permakids green, organic and fearless
  • Nat Mady: Introduction to permaculture
  • Les Moore: Sociocracy
  • Randy Mayers: Introduction to permaculture
  • Ian Westmoreland: Making your own solar panels
  • Mary Spyrou: Natural dyeing
  • Coco: Tyre Furniture Skills
  • Kamal Simpson: Nature storytelling
  • Cafe Cairo at the Festival
  • Garden tours of Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Learning and Demonstration garden
  • Permablitz London Live!
  • Families at the Festival
    • Face painting
    • Nature storytelling
    • Garden trail
    • Felting
    • Nature art
    • Meet the hens
    • Wriggly worms
    • Mini beasts
    • and much more!
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London Permaculture Festival 2017 (30th July)

I am happy to advise that the date of the 2017 London Permaculture Festival has been announced!

The annual event is always held at the Cecil Sharp House (home of the English Folk Dance Society) in Camden, North london.
There are workshops going on indoors and out, activities for everyone including families and children, you can usually purchase home made foods and drink with other things like an exotic / rare plant nursery which sell plants that are well suited to Permaculture design in that they have multiple functions ….

As I have mentioned in the past in previous posts (2015) and (2016),  there is an array of free workshops going on during the event and you have the opportunity to learn lots about Permaculture and alternative lifestyle or sustainability oriented changes.

The event will take place on Sunday the 30th of July and the entry fee remains the same at £6 normal entry and £4 for concessions, it runs from 11am to 6pm and all under 18 go in for free.

Click Here for the London Permaculture Festival Home Page – includes a video

 

 

Hello everyone, new and old followers alike …

Todays post will be purely focusing on the recent London Permaculture Festival (Annual Event) held last Sunday the 31st of July 2016.

This is the second year running I have attended the festival, it is also the Seventh year that the festival has been going, where it is always based in the Cecil Sharp House in Camden, home to the English Folk and Dance Society.

A great example of how we can bring back power to our communities is shown in the agreement between the Permaculture Association in London and the English Folk and Dance Society. The Festival organisers and the Society made an agreement that the festival can be held for free, so as long as the outside gardens are designed, installed and maintained free of charge.

 

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Upon arrival and after paying entrance (£ 6 normal rate and £4 Concessions for Pensioners, Students, Low Income Earners etc.) you are greeted on the left by the award winning Permablitz created, Food Forest concept which utilizes many of the classic Permaculture methods and designs including a herb spiral, pond, poly culture planting scheme, various multi use, edible plants and self supporting systems.

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Workshop Time Table – London Permaculture Festival 2016

 

Inside, as soon as you arrive, check around for the Time Table (although this is also viewable online before the event day) so that you can start planning what you are interested in attending, these time tables are posted all around the building, mainly near door exits etc.

The market comprises of everything from the large Permanent Publications book store, to crafts, a bakery with cakes etc (including vegan / allergen free produce), protest stalls educating visitors about harmful chemicals used in Agriculture such as Glyphosate as well as info on corporate / political deals such as TTIP etc, the Nursery with it’s rare plants, people selling honeys, jams, other preserves and many more!

The information shared in the Workshops is valuable to anyone, you do not at all even need to understand the concept of Permaculture to be able to make use of these systems, designs  and ideas, any allotment holder or average joe with a small back garden or even just a Balcony (Click here for an excellent video of an Edible Balcony Garden).
The garden area was full of family / children’s activities ensuring the event was for the whole family and not just the Perma. Nutter!

As in previous years, the books at the Permanent Publications stand are mostly discounted, they also had back issues of the Permaculture Magazine going for £1 per copy which was also a great bargain!

Taking a walk around the garden, you can find plants that are supplied by the same ‘rare plant nursery’, their info. tags are normally still attached and as I checked, you can find some of the species at their stand inside the main building which was great!

The garden was very interesting, I can see why it has won an award – it is likely that all stages of the design have been implemented already, but they do still require volunteers to regularly maintain the garden, there is no set days / dates so you will have to contact them at their Main Site Here to be added to a mailing list.

Overall, I think it was a very great and productive day! Myself and company had great fun and I did learn a lot, this is an event I can see myself making sure I never miss!

Hi everybody, I was glad to see that they have already updated their website with the date for the 2016 London Permaculture Festival, It will be at the Cecil Sharpe House (as always) In Camden. The event is on Sunday the 31st of July, 11am – 6pm and the entry fees are the same at £6 normal and £4 Concessions.

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Take a look here at my report on the very fun and enjoyable London Permaculture Festival 2015 event

This is a family friendly event and there is too much to do, you simply cannot attend all of the workshops on that day, you are pretty much guaranteed to miss out on things unfortunately, one recommendation from me personally … DON’T FORGET YOUR NOTEBOOK!! < I did 😦

click Here for info on the 2014 / 15 workshops

So the big day has come and passed, it was very laid back, fun and loads to learn – basically a nice gathering of like minded people from all over London and other parts of the UK

Permaculture Paradigm: ''Think GLOBAL Act LOCAL''

Permaculture Paradigm: ”Think GLOBAL Act LOCAL”

The event was held at the Cecil Sharp house in Camden London, workshops and events for the day included: Wildlife Gardening, Introduction to Permaculture, Permaculture’s next big step, The Barefoot Beekeeper, Best Crops for Pots, Come And Meet My Hens, Seeds Of Fashion – Grow a Garment & Permaculture in Orchards, to name a few. There were kiddies activities outside in the garden, a few food stands serving sandwiches and tea / coffee and cake etc.

At the event there were various interest groups from the Wildlife Trusts to Sustainable / Healthy Eating cookery classes being offered, Awareness groups such as Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, then the usual hand made crafts and clothing on sale, natural medicine / ointments and herbal remedies etc. One particular attraction was the Permanent Publications bookstand where all books were on 50% discount from their retail price.

Plant Stand at London Permaculture Festival 2015

Plant Stand at London Permaculture Festival 2015

Although not surprised, I was glad to see a dedicated plant stand offering both edible as well as wildlife friendly ornamental plants for your garden / veggie patch or even allotment! the prices were very reasonable in my opinion and the plants were of a high quality, I even saw plant species that I was completely unaware of.

Plant Stand London Permaculture Festival 2015

Plant Stand London Permaculture Festival 2015

One particular observation I had made during the day which was very exciting as well as encouraging, was the various cultural backgrounds seen at the event, this was a positive thing in my opinion …

Main Hall at the 6th Annual London Permaculture Festival 2015

Main Hall at the 6th Annual London Permaculture Festival 2015

I must apologize, due to family commitments as well as a near full SD card in my camera, I could not take as many photo’s as I would like to have … for more, please see my previous post Here on the London Permaculture Festival, scroll down for videos from previous years.

One nice little permanent attraction at the venue is the Forest Garden at the main entrance which was put in during a ”Permablitz” session at some point and can be seen from the road, the garden includes a pond, edible plants as well as ornamental plants and even a Herb Spiral.

To join the permablitz network in London or to see the projects including this one, click Here.

Main Hall with Plant stand at right of stage (6th Annual London Permaculture Festival 2015)

Overall, this was a very family friendly event as well as being full of the potential to learn and connect with the permaculture network in the UK / London … Now on to the IPCUK ( International Permaculture Convergence UK, 8-9 and 10-16 September 2015) for those who can afford the entrance fees!

London Permaculture Festival Logo / Banner

London Permaculture Festival Logo / Banner