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18 April, 2015
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Permaculture is a practical design system for sustainable living. It is about living lightly on the planet and making sure that we can sustain human activities for many generations to come.
The Peterborough PDC is a lively, hands-on course based at a LAND Learning Centre starting with an introductory weekend on April 18/19th, followed by five further weekends – May 16/17th, June 20/21st, July 18/19th, August 15/16th, October 17/18th. Booking is essential!
Topics covered will include:
Ethics and Principles of Permaculture
Design process and methodology
Soil and soil conservation
Regenerative agriculture
Forest gardening
Humanure and compost toilets
Green architecture and retrofitting
Building resilient communities
And much, much more

During the course participants will have the opportunity to work on their own design and by the end of the course can have a full permaculture design for any system of their choosing. It could be a garden, allotment, a friends patch or a non-land based system.
Hannah Thorogood: Hannah is a Permaculture Farmer, mother, designer and teacher. With over 10 years experience of teaching permaculture and a regular tutor on the permaculture teacher training course, she is one of the most experienced teachers in the country. Her home is an 18acre permaculture demonstration farm, which she has been converting from an exhausted arable field into an abundant, diverse permaculture poly-culture. Hannah is a Senior Diploma Tutor in the British Permaculture Diploma system and leads the training of the new tutors. This year along side the usual teaching of courses, tutoring apprentices, running the farm and raising the kids, Hannah is co-coordinating the International Permaculture Convergence, which will be held in London in September. Hannah believes learning permaculture should be a fun and interactive experience, drawing out the knowledge and experience we all already have within us.
Ben Margolis: Ben completed the Permaculture Design Course in 2011 and is about to receive his Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. Ben worked in the civil society movement for many years leading international campaigns on poverty and climate change. His work has taken him all over the world and he has learned a huge amount about resilience, sustainability and community from some of the people he has lived with. Ben now runs The Grange which he set up with his wife on a 10 acre smallholding in West Norfolk in 2012. The Grange is a centre of resilience offering breaks, retreats and courses to survivors of trauma and marginalised groups, as well as courses and events exploring individual and community resilience. The Grange is also a permaculture LAND demonstration site.
The Green Backyard is a thriving and productive community space in central Peterborough that is easily accessible by both car and public transport. Find out more at www.thegreenbackyard.com.
£90 – Introduction course
+ £410 – Individuals earning less than £18k per year
+ £560 – Individuals earning over £18k per year
Limited concessionary places of £300 also available for people receiving benefits, state pension or otherwise of limited financial means
For more information see our website or contact sophie@thegreenbackyard.com, 07523 939424
Booking is essential!