What is Permaculture?


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It is many things! It is an eco-friendly way of living and growing food in harmony with nature, and designing productive, wildlife friendly places and communities. It is used all over the world and covers a wide range of topics from observing and planning a garden layout to best effect, to forest gardening, to ‘no dig’ growing.

It’s also about other aspects of life: our habits, what we buy, how we travel, our relationships with friends and neighbours, our work, and way of living. There really is something for everyone in this wide ranging and down-to-earth subject.

Bill Mollison, one of the founders of permaculture said, “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor”  – sounds good to us!

How do I find out more?

REAP’s Introduction to Permaculture Course, delivered by tutor Jonny Barton, is a relaxed and informal way into Permaculture, with plenty time for conversation, questions and practical activities. Please email or call 01542 888070 to register interest in future dates.

If you want to find out more, a good place to start is The Permaculture Association website and have a look at their knowledge base and resources. Moray Libraries also have a few books on the subject and you can reserve a copy to pick up at your local library free of charge.