Hulme, Manchester is a living testament to the power of community: individuals coming together to take a stand for what they believe in.
It has been a hotbed for non-conformity, social activism and creativity for over 30 years and now the venue for our National Permaculture Convergence, 20-23 September 2018.
Venues include Hulme Community Garden Centre, Z-arts and N.I.A.M.O.S. We're working with ethical organisations including housing co-op Homes for Change, Leaf Street Community Gardeners, Ethical Consumer and the People's Republic of Hulme.
"It's a great example of how you can turn a deprived area into a shining hub of good stuff," says convergence coordinator Dan Hurring. Now is the time to work collectively towards the future we want to see. If this isn't permaculture's time to shine, when is?
Let's get radical
There's plenty within the programme to get you fired up to take action and here are just a few examples:
Friday - Exploring Our Edges
• Sarah Pugh, Shift Bristol: Social, Land and Economic Permaculture in the City
• Ed Mayo, CEO, Coops UK: The Co-operative Economy
• Andy Goldring, CEO, Permaculture Association: Emergent Dynamic Governance Ecosystems & CTRLshift
• Val Grainger: Harvesting the Streets - urban farmers
• Ian Lillington: Retro-suburbia - a practical application for Northern Europe
• Catherine Weetman: Bringing permaculture into businesses and communities
Saturday - Permaculture in Practice
Some of the most radical actions you can take are to grow your own food and make your own stuff!
• Working with pallets: practical carpentry
• Seed saving and propagation
• Forest gardening
• Social enterprises & Return On Investment
• Garden centre tours
More details can be found on our convergence webpage: www.permaculture.org.uk/convergence-2018
Taking place on Thursday 20 September is the Educators' Meeting for permaculture educators at all levels. Also, the Thriving Communities Meeting, connecting people who are working in marginalised and disadvantaged communities.
Offer a workshop
We're still welcoming submissions of workshops and talks via LineUp Ninja. Sessions should match the convergence key themes and priorities (full details on LineUp Ninja).
Struggling to afford a place?
We have bursaries available on a 'pay it forward' basis to those who might otherwise not be able to attend. If you would like to apply, please contact Danevents@permaculture.org.uk.
For full information visit: www.permaculture.org.uk/convergence-2018