Name of course: Introduction to Permaculture Gardening
Course Ref: ITPG1404
Duration: one day
This course covers the basics of Permaculture with specific emphasis on its use in gardening. Permaculture is a design process that helps us to make more sustainable choices - from making lunch, growing food or even designing an eco house.
Participants are introduced to the core design principles and learn about inspiring examples of Permaculture in action around the world, and will have some quick opportunities to put it into practice on the day. The course assumes no previous knowledge, and can be taken by itself, or as a sampling before going on to a full 90 hour Design Course.
The areas covered on the course will be:
- What is Permaculture? - its origins and definitions.
- Permaculture ethics.
- The design process.
- Introduction to the principles used in Permaculture design.
- How to apply Permaculture to our lives.
- Design principles in action.
- Some tools for designing and decision making.
- Permaculture gardening techniques
- Inspiring stories and examples.
- How to get more involved - contacts, next steps and resources.
There will also be a practical session working in the eco house garden.
Host: Peter Cow
Background on Host:
Peter Cow is an experienced Permaculture teacher, consultant and designer based in Surrey. He was awarded the 'Diploma of Applied Permaculture Design' by the UK Permaculture Association in 2007, and has been teaching on Permaculture courses since then, from 1 hour taster sessions to 2 week residential courses. He also now mentors designers through the 2 year Permaculture Diploma.
He has been involved with Permaculture since 1998, and co-founded the Steward Community Woodland sustainable living project in Devon in 2000, where he lived for 7 full and happy years. He has designed and implemented many Permaculture projects including low impact buildings, water treatment systems, community events, Permaculture training courses and forest gardens in both the UK and Portugal.
Peter's teaching style is inclusive and engaging, mixing media, learning styles and content to create a rich experience of inspiration, fun and information.
Peter is a keen musician, cyclist and nature lover, his website address is www.livingincircles.com.
This fun and engaging course is being held in one of the only fully functional low carbon retrofit show homes in the South of England. Oak Tree House is an existing property that has been renovated with a wide range of low carbon technology, energy efficiency measures and renewable technology. Whilst taking your course at the house, you will have the opportunity to look around the property and learn what you could do in your own home to further reduce your carbon footprint or find out more about a renewable technology.
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Finish: 5.30pm - 6pm
Lunch arrangements: please bring a vegetarian dish to share or a packed lunch for yourself
Course equipment includes
The course is supplemented by a large collection of downloadable resource materials including ebooks, films and articles, and there will be a small library of Permaculture books and magazines available on the day to look through, alongside all the existing resources at Oak Tree House (examples of eco-retrofitting techniques and materials, low maintenance water-wise landscaping and an array of information boards and leaflets).
- A vegetarian dish to share or a packed lunch for yourself
- Sun hat & sun screen (weather depending)
- Warm/waterproof clothing & sturdy outdoor footwear
- Warm socks or slippers for indoors
- Gardening gloves if you want to get involved in the practical sessions
- Pens, pencils, a notepad and a waterbottle to refill if required
- Maybe a camera, you are welcome to take pictures
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Unfortunately the property is unsuitable for wheelchair users due to the layout of the property.
Should you need to change or cancel your booking please contact us as soon as possible and request the cancellation policy.
Please check what you should bring with you on the day above.
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About Action Surrey
Action Surrey is a local council partnership scheme, designed to help residents across Surrey live low carbon lifestyles. The project is managed by ECSC Ltd, a subsidiary of Thameswey Ltd. Thameswey Ltd is wholly owned by Woking Borough Council.
The registered office of ecsc Ltd is 51 Eastcheap, London, EC3M 1JP
Company registration no. 3835131 VAT registration no. 917 9263 93
Tel: 0800 783 2503 / 01483 799954 (on the day)
When & Where
Action Surrey is a partnership between Councils in Surrey to help homeowners save money, energy and reduce CO2 emissions.