Alongside our daily features, news and events on the permaculture.co.uk website there are other nooks and crannies within the site that throw-up amazing contacts, some life changing opportunities (read on to find out about a tropical island that wants a permaculture designer right now!) and heaps of permaculture courses.
Our Classifieds (www.permaculture.co.uk/classifieds) feature some prime permaculture property and land. Property sells incredibly well in the magazine, with many advertisers choosing to sell very deliberately to fellow permaculture people, people who understand the love and care that has gone into developing their home and garden designs. The profile of these properties can go way beyond many other properties available on the market, with the soil, plants and tress having been carefully nurtured. It is common for an investment in solar, wind and rainwater harvesting systems to have been made. Of course, it does depend on what is being offered, but it is fair to say that plenty of our readers have unearthed their dream home within our pages and within the Property & Land section of our website.
One featured property currently online is this bungalow in Herefordshire:
ATTRACTIVE BUNGALOW IN 2 ACRES, NW Herefordshire. South facing garden, paddock, wildflower meadow (grazing/cultivation), bordering mature woodland. 3 bedrooms, conservatory, kitchen, dining room, lounge (woodburner), bathroom, garage and carport. Large shed, 2 barns, 2 stables, tackroom, pony box/workshop, 2 greenhouses, polytunnel, henhouse. £349,000. Ref JW. Call Peter Hicks or Matthew Jackson on 01568 610 600.
Other examples in Permaculture issue 82, and currently on our website, offer properties in Wales, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Shropshire, Somerset, Bulgaria, Mexico and these two recent additions in Ireland:
COUNTY CLARE IRELAND. Certified organic smallholding on 11.2 acres including a building site with FPP for a 4 bedroomed detached home. Beautifully restored 2 bed stone cottage set in a quiet rural location. Cottage surrounded by large garden with fruit trees and lots of soft fruit. 2 large polytunnels in separate enclosure. Elevated hay meadow, ideal site for a wind turbine. Spring water supply, septic tank drainage, mains electricity, broadband. 10 minutes from local village, shops, schools. 30 minutes from Rudolf Steiner school, 20 minutes from Ennis (county town). £200.000. Please ring +353 656 835 924 or email email@example.com for further information.
IRISH COUNTRY HOME & VEG GARDEN. Beautifully renovated 5 bedroom farmhouse on 2.7 acre site in rural Co. Sligo close to amenities and local village. Courtyard with stone outbuildings and stables. South facing garden with 40ft polytunnel, glasshouse, large organic vegetable garden and lawns. Spring well, solid fuel stove, broadband. €399,500. For details call +353 873282836 email firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://bit.ly/1FJTceK
You will also find people advertising that they are looking for land and property, be they couples, single people, families or communities such as this group in the south of England:
VEGGIE/VEGAN Eco community southwest England. Based on Permaculture and Co-housing principles. Focusing on sustainability and a healthier way of life we plan to create an environment of abundance sharing skills food and energies. Web: www.coastalcommunity.org.uk
Others are looking for members to join their communities or for permaculture people with skills to help establish permaculture gardens, forest gardens or contribute to whole projects. You will find these in the UK, Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and, well, just about everywhere now ... As you can see by this eye catching example here. So, do keep your eyes peeled for different opportunities each issue:
TROPICAL ISLAND PERMACULTURE sound appealing? Got experience developing permaculture gardens in a tropical context? New resort in the Maldives seeks experienced permaculturist to spearhead landscaping over 100 acre island and develop 15 acre garden to provide fresh organic herbs, fruit and vegetables for the guests. Contact Gordon for more information. Web: www.soneva.com Email: email@example.com
Within our Classifieds you will also find sections featuring skilled trades and crafts people, sustainable holiday destinations, useful things for sale and permaculture designers offering their services. In fact, it can feature almost anything you wish. Over 120,000 people read each print issue of the magazine, the website is viewed by over 4.5m people annually and with our Facebook following at over 220,000 people, so Permaculture really does offer a great way to get in front of dynamic, practical and responsive people. If you are reading this then that has to be great news for you.
Alongside our Classifieds sits our extensive Course Listings pages (www.permaculture.co.uk/courses). Our Full UK Permaculture Design and UK Introduction to Permaculture Courses are listed completely FREE in Permaculture and online for the duration of each issue. We also try to fit in overseas permaculture courses and want you also to be featured in our pages. All courses appear in our standard format:
COUNTRY or COUNTRY
This is enough information for those seeking courses to be able to find you easily and get in touch with you.
All we ask is that you regularly contact Tony (firstname.lastname@example.org) with updates to the courses you are running. Keep the listings regular, wherever you advertise, and remember that people like to plan holidays way in advance, so do let us know six months or so before, give yourself and your courses every possible chance of attracting people.
Plus, Permaculture teachers and course leaders, did you know we offer each of your new permaculture students a FREE recent back issue of Permaculture, 30% OFF all books published by Permanent Publications and 10% OFF other books, DVDs, tools and products from www.green-shopping.co.uk? For further details or to place your order contact Tony on 01730 823 311 or email@example.com
Recently we have had our first requests from American course leaders for copies of the magazine for their students, so lets make an American course our featured PDC of the month:
Venue: Mad River Valley, New England
Dates: 10 - 19 July 2015
Led by: Whole Systems Designs
Phone: +1 8023 439 490
Special Courses listings cost just £20 (+ VAT = £24.00) per entry to cover administration costs. The range of courses is inspirational and exciting, covering both permaculture and associated skill bases:
PERMACULTURE EARTHWORKS & WATER HARVESTING INTENSIVE
Venue: Blue Paradise Farms, Westmoreland, Jamaica
Dates: 23 - 28 February 2015
Led by: Jeremiah Kidd, Sam Burnett-Ragueneau
Phone: +44 7432 072 677
One of our favourites Special Courses is this popular one in Norfolk:
NATURAL SWIMMING POOLS
How To Build Your Own
Venue: Saxthorpe, North Norfolk
Dates: Various 2015
Led by: David Pagan Butler
Phone: 01263 585 022
25% discount for Permaculture readers, quote 'Permaculture' when booking.
David has also produced the excellent Natural Swimming Pools DVD (www.green-shopping.co.uk/dvds/natural-swimming-pools.html) that we highly recommend.
Both the Classifieds and Course Listings are hugely popular parts of the magazine, and ideal both to browse and to feature your own course, skills or property.
So, do make sure you keep in touch!