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This was the first meeting about a new permaculture network for Swansea and Neath, organised through Permaculture Ambassadors Local Gathering funding. Peter Stopp (coordinator of the South Wales Paramaethu Cymru Network) had already been planning to set up a regional network. It had become increasingly difficult to manage a single network for such a large area so he brought more people on board to help, including Shaun and Nicola from Café Make in Pontardawe.

Everyone loves a David versus Goliath story and that is what has just happened in the highly competitive world of book publishing.

Against all the odds, independent publisher Permanent Publications have just slugged it out with industry giants and won the main prize at the 2017 Garden Media Guild Awards (GMG). Their No Dig Organic Home & Garden book by Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty beat major industry supported celebrity titles to the prestigious Peter Seabrook Practical Book of the Year at the annual event held at The Savoy Hotel, London.

Laura Gibbs ponders the art of quiet observation in her review of Stefan Geyer's book, Zen in the Art of Permaculture Design.

Zen in the Art of Permaculture Design opens with a quote from a Zen teacher:

“For Zen students a weed, which for most people is worthless, is a treasure,” and just like the Zen student, permaculture students also have the ability to see the potential in an ordinary weed, and so stands to learn a lot from Zen teachings.

Graham Bell reflects on the huge impact Permaculture Design Courses have had on participant's lives and their journeys of 'unlearning' and 'learning'. After thirty years of engagement with Permaculture it never ceases to amaze me how the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) changes peoples’ lives. This brilliant understanding of how to meet peoples’ needs, without working so hard, and at the same time learning to minimise waste was crafted by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren before I came along to connect with it. I’m also hugely aware that it has always been a fantastic effort of trawling wisdom from all across the planet contributed by unknown numbers of people.

The Permaculture Association has been supporting permaculture practitioners and teachers to create thriving communities across Britain for over 30 years. This year we have launched the Thriving Communities project to ensure that permaculture is reaching those in the greatest need.

We are living in a time of great change and uncertainty. The EU referendum and government austerity have revealed huge inequality in the UK with many people experiencing appalling poverty, fragile public services, precarious employment and decreasing opportunities to find ways out of poverty.

At the same time, gobal challenges including climate change, war and natural disasters mean that more people than ever are being forced to flee from their homes and seek sanctuary elsewhere.

People feel powerless and angry with limited options for changing their own future.

For many years, permaculture has shown that is able to make a huge difference to people’s lives, no matter what their background or their circumstances.