What is Permaculture?

Permaculture (permanent agriculture or permanent culture) is a successful approach to designing sustainable environments which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems, whilst also providing for the needs of people who use them. It is based on the philosophy of co-operating with nature and caring for the earth and its people. Permaculture enables us to establish productive environments which provide our:

  • Food
  • Energy
  • Shelter
  • Material and non-material needs

The ethics, principles and practice of permaculture can be used by anyone, anywhere; in city flats, yards and window boxes; suburban and country houses and gardens; allotments and smallholdings; on farms and estates; countryside and conservation areas; commercial, industrial and educational premises and of course on waste ground.

Put into practice permaculture empowers the individual to be resourceful and self-reliant; and to become a conscious part of the solution to the many problems which face us, both locally and globally. Founded in Australia by Bill Mollison and David Holgrem permaculture is rapidly spreading throughout the world. There are practical solutions to our environmental problems, the philosophy and practice of permaculture empowers everyone. Only that which is sustainable can build sustainable societies.

Kent Permaculture Courses

There are lots of brilliant courses happening in Kent by trained and experienced teachers. Learn sustainable living skills, feel empowered to live more abundantly living more ecolologically. For all courses, look at the Permaculture Association website:

Also holding courses is Canterbury – Manor Barn. Centre for Peace and Personal Development:

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Deal – Rippledown Environmental Centre also has regular courses: