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Bill Mollison teaching at Ragman's Lane Farm, chalk in hand, a story and a smile.

The Permaculture Association is sad to hear of the death of Bill Mollison in Sisters Creek, Tasmania, on the 24th September 2016. Bill was co-founder of the permaculture movement, and will be very sadly missed by his many thousands of students, and by practitioners, designers and educators in organisations and projects in over 140 countries around the world. We send our sincere condolences to his family.

Bill Mollison teaching at Ragman's Lane Farm, chalk in hand, a story and a smile.

Bruce Charles 'Bill' Mollison (born 1928 in Stanley, Tasmania, Australia and died today, 24 September 2016 in Sisters Beach, Tasmania).

A few people are born who are world class heroes to those who know them and unkown to the great majority, until one day their inescapable influence floats to the surface and is generally recognised for the cream it is. In hindsight such leaders go on to become household names.

Today we planted a seed. It is full of energy, aspiration, and potential. Scientists, permaculture designers, and growers have been working together at the British Convergence and the European Permaculture Convergence to understand key needs and challenges for small-scale food growers. This is the first stage, the seed, that will inform the GROW Observatory over the next three years.

We were stuck in Istanbul. The Arab Spring had truly sprung, Syria was in turmoil and all ferries to Egypt were cancelled, barring our route south. That was the end of our Camden to Cape Town charity cycle adventure, it was time to wave goodbye to the dreams of hippos, lions and African savannas. But all was not lost. We’d organised a Lands End to John O’Groats cycle a few months before, mainly to check we actually liked cycling, and to invite a ton of our mates to join us and fundraise for our chosen charities. I’d recently done an Introduction to Permaculture course and was really interested in visiting and staying with as many projects and farms as possible. Whilst cycling to Cape Town didn’t quite come off to plan, the End to End was a truly brilliant experience and has proved to be a life changing event for me.

On the 22 - 24 July, there was a small, but perfectly formed Eastern Permaculture Gathering at the Inkpot. We enjoyed perfect weather, fantastic food, great company, inspiring conversations and a brilliant range of great workshops.