Permaculture Magazine Prize

Permaculture magazine
Tuesday, 30th January 2018

The Permaculture Magazine Prize launches in 2018, with £20,000 to be awarded to projects showing best practice permaculture in ecological, social and cultural design.

Permaculture magazine is launching the Permaculture Magazine Prize 2018 with a fund of £20,000. 

It will consist of one main award of £10,000 and four runners up of £2,500. The prize is open to any permaculture project in the world.

We want to specifically award money to permaculture projects that reach ordinary people and demonstrate best practice permaculture both in terms of ecological and socially / culturally innovative design. 

We are looking for a variety of permaculture projects that are:

* Regenerating damaged land

* Enhancing habitat and biodiversity

* Helping people to gain practical and community skills

Adding value to produce and developing local economies

Building community, creating social glue and greater economic resilience

Modelling new ways of cooperating and new cultural paradigms.

Online applications are open now and it’s free to enter. See

Projects can apply if they have been functioning for at least three years and have established their place within their community. Please tell permaculture projects around the world about the prize. We want to hear from you!

“In a time of global crisis, the world needs well designed, regenerative and inspiring examples of permaculture. We have set up this prize to celebrate and support pioneering, best practice projects and tell these stories and shine a light in the darkness."

Maddy and Tim Harland

About the judges

John D. Liu is a renowned filmmaker. He made the documentaries Green Gold, Prix Italia award winner, and Hope in a Changing Climate, named the best ecoslogical film at the International Wildlife Film Festival. He recently founded the Ecosystem retoration Foundation.

©Sam Gracey

Looby Macnamara is a permaculture teacher and author. Her first book, People and Permaculture, was the first to look at the people care ethic within permaculture. She has recently set up a permaculture learning and demonstration centre in Herefordshire with her partner, Chris Evans. She teaches groups around the world and is currently collaborating with visionaries to share the Cultural Emergence toolkit.

©Dana Wilson

Kayode Olafimihan is the chair of the London Permaculture Network. He organises the annual London Permaculture Festival, founded Permablitz London and has established a permaculture LAND project at Cecil Sharp House, headquarters of the English Folk Dance and Song Society in London.


Simon Constantine started his career in perfumery at Lush, a natural progression for a man who was literally brought up on fragrance and beauty products as the son of two of Lush’s co-founders, Mark and Mo Constantine. He is responsible for buying and sourcing the high quality ingredients and raw materials used across all of Lush’s product ranges. He travels the world setting up co-operatives with local people, ensuring consistent quality, quantity and fairtrade. He is a global champion of permaculture.


Anthony Rodale, a photographer, advocate for sustainability, and endurance athlete, has spent years travelling the world visiting sustainable, and organic farms, learning about their successful practices in soil regeneration, crop production, plant diversity, carbon sequestration, economic viability, food security and community health. This Spring, Anthony will be taking on a new leadership role as Board Chair for the Sustainable Food Trust. He has been President of the Sustainable Food Alliance since 2011. Before that served on other Boards such as the Rainforest Alliance, Friends of the Soil Association, and Board Chair of the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania. In 1996 completed the Permaculture design course with Bill Mollison.


©Benedict Evans

Internal judges: Maddy & Tim Harland, founders of Permaculture magazine and Permanent Publications.

Eligibility Guidelines

This prize is for individuals, communities, businesses, groups and organisations that can demonstrate inspirational work over more than three years.

We encourage entries from anywhere in the world.

The closing date for entries is 30 June 2018, 23:59 GMT. Your entry must have been received by this date!

Organisations may only submit one application.

Prizes are for ongoing work (not as a reward for past work).

If offered a prize, recipients must:

Prepare information on the winning project for the awards announcement

Fill in an evaluation form 10 months from the award being given

Support the PR and outreach activity for the prize.

Permaculture magazine will conduct due diligence research on nominated individuals and organisations prior to recommending initiatives for awards. Any issues that may arise will be discussed openly with the applicant. It would be helpful if applicants flag up any potential concerns in advance. Other unanticipated ethical concerns will be considered on a case by case basis.

How to Apply

Please read our terms and conditions carefully and then apply at

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