2013 is the 30th birthday of The Permaculture Association.
The Association was born out of a small group of people who met in February 1983 for the inaugural general meeting in Nottingham.
It now has nine part-time staff and a vibrant membership base. It supports people, projects, research, events and networks globally. Working with volunteers and organisations, the association give support and advice, using permaculture principles and design techniques throughout their work.
The Association currently has over 1,300 members, a figure it wishes to see grow this year. They work on an international level with ahuge variety of projects.
In 2008 the association received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund's Local Food scheme and have set up LAND, the permaculture Learning And Network Demonstration Project, an English project creating a network of projects including permaculture designed home gardens, community gardens, public spaces, allotments, smallholdings and farms.
Their main purpose is education, wishing to "advance the education of the public in the theory and practice of permaculture, the conservation of the environment, and related subjects." This is done through research, collecting information, publishing and developing books, films and web information and promoting and arranging courses, lectures, hands-on training and more.
“We have shown what permaculture can achieve in so many different situations,” says Andy Goldring of the Association. “It is now time to become a force to be reckoned with, to be more vocal and catch public attention.”
The association want to reach as many people as possible and need feedback to help them promote permaculture effectively.
Please take a few minutes to fill in their survey, to help them improve their services.
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To read more about their 30th anniversary celebrations pick up Permaculture magazine issue 76.