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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

We have only 6 days to go till the London Permaculture Festival on Sunday the 19th of July 2015!

For any new readers or followers who may not be aware of the festival and it’s details, this is an annual event held at Cecil Sharp House in Camden, London.
Entry tickets are only sold at the door on the day at £6 and £4 for concessions.

London Permaculture Festival 2015

London Permaculture Festival 2015

For more information on the event you can view the original post Here and / or check their website Here.

I think this will be a very family friendly event especially for those new or needing an introduction into understanding Permaculture.

Under 18’s are free entry

First off, Rest In Peace to the victims of the GMO (Genetic Engineering) experiment in the paragraph below and the fact that we have been on this experiment globally including in such large proportions in the United States where companies have lobbied politicians to PREVENT labeling of GMO’s on food products!

Again, if GMO’s are not something to be concerned with and they are so safe then why are the biotech cartels and large multinational corporations so scared of labeling ?

With the annual international March Against Monsanto fresh in our minds one week ago (I did attend), I remembered that there is one provable case where a Genetically Engineered product has caused death and misery;

In 1989 a commercially sold amino acid called L-tryptophan that had been manufactured with genetically engineered bacteria by the Showa Denko company, caused 37 deaths and around 1,500 cripplings.
”Victims did not simply drop over dead after taking one dose, which would have made the cause of their illness easy to trace, but the effects were a slow deterioration of their minds and bodies after eating the amino acid on several occasions. So the cause of the new epidemic was inherently difficult to trace to its source.”
”Showa Denko destroyed the evidence that could have been used to determine the scientific cause of the problem. They destroyed the genetically engineered bacterial stocks, along with any potentially surviving specks that investigators might have recovered from the walls or the equipment in their facilities. As a result of this, we scientists may never be able to learn exactly what happened.”

Read the full article here.

If you are concerned about Genetic Engineering, there is one great way to help change our food supply in a way to ensure we have a choice and this is to boycott companies which lobby politicians to vote against labeling. Click here for a list of companies which are very pro GM and how much they paid to prevent labeling, even if you live in a foreign country you can boycott them on behalf of those in countries where labeling has been averted through corporate influence and remember to tell them why, there are many alternative / substitute products you can get, often tasting just the same!

Please share this video below, even though the vote is over, the information and direction of the video is very moving.
As a testament to the power & influence of the Biotech Cartels, this video was removed by youtube:

If you love permaculture and want it to spread to the masses, watch this video!! Now this is pro-activeness …