Passing on the legacy of PEAT

The Primrose Earth Awareness Trust (PEAT), which welcomed thousands of children and adults to its education site on an organic farm near Hay-on-Wye, Powys, held its closing celebration last August, marking 15 years as a guiding light promoting sustainable food and living. The Primrose Organic Centre demonstrated how sustainable polycultures can create future food security in harmony with nature, and ran a thriving programme for local schools, as well as hosting international workcamps and other events.

In order for PEAT's ethos and inspiration to continue after the charity was wound up, the remaining financial assets were shared between the Permaculture Association in Wales and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens. This has meant a very generous donation of over £18,000 to develop permaculture in Wales, and in particular to make it more visible, so that projects such as PEAT, which demonstrate permaculture principles, are easier for learners to find.

Some of the money has already been spent on producing the Paramaethu Cymru/Permaculture Wales website and on planning, and now the Wales Coordinating Group is ready to shape a two-year programme during which the remainder of the donation will be spent on developing a thriving network in Wales. We will be consulting on how to do that, so watch out for news or email paramaethu.cymru@gmail.com with offers and suggestions.