Articles

Ellie O'Grady |
Friday, 19th January 2018
This is Rock Rose (Cistus ladanifer). This sticky-sapped shrub looks like unobtrusive rocky scrub spattered across the Portuguese landscape, until you come across a bush in full bloom. Sensuous, sprawling white blossoms splashed amongst the large waxy leaves, petals splayed open to reveal markings of yellow and black, it invites the eye to come... more
 
Andrew McMillion - Food Studio |
Monday, 8th January 2018
Surfers instinctively know when they are aligned with their environment. Like a church-bell that resonates with all its overlapping frequencies at precisely the right volume, they ride waves of energy with effortless ease. At a different frequency and a much slower pace, plants in a sense are also surfers trying to catch waves as their leaves... more
 
Marina O'Connell |
Wednesday, 3rd January 2018
In PM96, Marina O'Connell, co-director of the Apricot Centre, explores the similarities and differences between permaculture and biodynamics.  Here we have a brief comparison of the two. Permaculture principles Biodynamic Principles Earth Care Work with nature rather than against it People Care Be  socially connected Fair Share Be... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 15th December 2017
In November 2017, I was given one of the greatest of honours: to welcome India's foremost spiritual leader, Amma (Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi) to the UK on the 30th anniversary of her first visit and in the company of the Indian ambassador, Dinesh K. Patnaik (second left), and the renown film director and artist, Shekhar Kapur (far right). Why... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 1st December 2017
St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in London says spiritual ecology “...is about sticking our hands in the soil – feeling into the roots of social and environmental issues – cultivating a deeper relationship with life that reflects the interconnectedness of all life.” They list four principles: Interconnectedness Reverence for... more
 
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Friday, 24th November 2017
This is the third year of our Market Garden Polyculture Study. Our trials include a comparison between growing vegetables in polycultures and growing them in more traditional blocks as well as our experimentation with annual vegetable polycultures. Below you will find an overview of the trial garden and the polycultures we are growing, a... more
 
Permaculture magazine |
Thursday, 23rd November 2017
The Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK (home of Permaculture magazine) had been laying hedges since 1997. The groaning of twisted hazel branches and the splitting of green wood was a common sound for the first decade of the 21st century. But, this came to an abrupt end in 2015 when the courses became no longer feasible. A combination of lack... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 20th November 2017
What elements of design in permaculture can be linked to agroecological practices and to what extent are they functional in terms of sustainable or regenerative farm productivity and in what context? Agroecology works well with permaculture design: it uses stacking to create multi-functional yields, microclimates, greater edges, biodiversity,... more
 
Guy Lambourne |
Friday, 17th November 2017
What joy! Putting up a tent in a gale and pouring rain. In October. We’d had the same thought – departure after tea might be wise, so had avoided the tent. In fact, the general bonhomie amongst seventy or so coppice workers, intriguing discussions and a fascinating visit to a 700 acre Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust woodland nature reserve,... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 17th November 2017
What distinguishes permaculture from other holistic design or growing methods is that it aims to create more than a system of sustainable agriculture or organic horticulture; it uses (eco) systems thinking to explore the drivers and ideas behind more lasting, permanent cultures. Its ethics and principles can be applied to living systems (gardens,... more
 

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