Welcome to the Permaculture Association Blog

You can find a wealth of news and knowledge that follows the work of members and partners.

We live on a Council estate in Bolton, and decided around five years ago to do something with the front garden. All of the front gardens in the street are all lawns with compacted soil, each front lawn measures roughly 14x14ft. Incoming sunlight is limited to around two hours in the morning and then two hours in the evening on the opposite side of the garden as the sun goes down.

Congratulations, we have officially broken the back of winter and from here on in light and temperature levels will slowly start to improve. Certainly the light levels bit is guaranteed...This month we offer you some excellent advice from permaculture friend and no-dig guru, Charles Dowding. Topics discussed include: what you can sow now, advice on potting compost, and his zero fossil fuel hot-bed propagator system.

Every year seems to see new regional and local permaculture gatherings springing up across the country, organised by groups of members. Theres a diverse calendar of events planned for the coming seasons.

Below is a list of those we currently know about. Don't forget, if you're a member, you can list your own events on the network noticeboard as well as sell tickets to them via our website. Members will be able to get discounted tickets the national convergence.

The new Gardens of Sanctuary project was presented to the Oxford Real Farming Conference this week by Ben Margolis from The Grange and Sophie Antonelli from the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.

Ben and Sophie are working with City of Sanctuary and the Permaculture Association to support growing spaces around the UK to become places of welcome and sanctuary for refugees and asylum seekers.

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Over the past few months, Permaculture Ambassadors have held local gatherings across the country. We hear from two in this blog at the extremes of England - one in North East England and the other the South East. If reading about these inspires you to organise your own local gathering, then visit the Ambassadors webpage to find out more about how to apply for funding for Spring/Summer 2018.