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by Delvin Solkinson
Adventures to the wild - a group walk along a path in a woodland glade"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit"
- Edward Abbey

Driving through the endless country backroads of Herefordshire through a pastoral landscape of stone farmhouses, we went by fields filled with sheep and lined with hedgerows. It looked the same as I imagined it looked a hundred years ago. On pilgrimage with my permaculture partner Grace, we are questing towards the next level of facilitating, teaching and mentoring.

Beginning with a tour of the Applewood Permaculture Centre, we explored the a gardens, orchard, fields, pond, structures, tents and a herd of semi-wild rams. As the group journeyed together we felt a sense of kinship, not only with each other but with this natural place.

This is part one in a series of blogs in which Alex Heffron of Mountain Hall Farm looks at the fundamentals of permaculture, using David Holmgren’s Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability as a guide for discussion

There’s a bit of a trend amongst the old-guard of the organic movement to write off permaculture as some sort of modern, utopian fad — one author I greatly respect called it a ‘distraction’. Largely these criticisms are based on condemnation before examination, so in this series of posts I am going to explore the core of what permaculture is, from the standpoint of its ethics and principles, in a more philosophical manner.

The world of permaculture is complex, diverse, colourful, dynamic and creative. The backdrop to this amazing movement is equally polycultural: cityscapes and farms, wild places and housing estates, icy northern climates and humid equatorial zones.

The characters in our movement’s stories encompass all ethnicities, all species, all kingdoms whether they be animal, plant, fungi or bacteria...

Together we comprise millions of individuals working together to design and create harmonious habitats where humans and our natural companions can thrive together.

The Permaculture Association’s key roles are to educate and to connect people and what better way to do that than through beautiful images celebrating your lives, your work, your projects and your communities.

As many of you know, permaculture will often have you disappear down a rabbit hole, if not an entire warren. Or, in permaculture-speak, will take you off the well-beaten track to explore those infamous edges.

The Hornshurst Forest Garden is one such edge. It is an acre site, deer and rabbit fenced, within a much larger 160 acre wood. I have been designing it for the wood owner, Doro Marden, for about 3 years.

Trying to grow fruit trees on a newly cut pine plantation (a.k.a - an ecological desert) was never going to be easy and we certainly have had challenges to overcome. I now have some things to report of interest.

I believe anyone can do absolutely anything.

I believe life is an art and a complex system, and that we must live our lives as if each day were a work of art. As if there are universes in every single thing we see, touch, hear. As if there are magic moments to be found in every mundane thing and inconsequential interaction. I believe creating resonance is the most beautiful measure of our interconnectedness.

I grew up in one of the poorest villages of one of the poorest states in India. We had no electricity for water. More recently, I lived for two years with snakes, jaguars, spiders, and monkeys while volunteering in the Amazon and Andes of South America. These experiences brought a visceral perspective to my work.