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We are now a Permaculture Association Land Centre.  This means we are a place to see permaculture in action, and to come and find out what it is and hopefully meet some other local enthusiasts.

LAND stands for Learning And Network Demonstration.

Over the last four years the LAND Network has grown into a vibrant network of permaculture sites including suburban gardens, smallholdings, rural farms, city farms, forest gardens, and amazing allotments. They are all set up to show permaculture in practice to visitors and volunteers in a safe, accessible and inspiring way.

We use the permaculture ethics as a guideline for what we do. (text below taken from http://www.permaculture.org.uk)

People care – Provision for people to access those resources necessary to their existence.
As a part of this planet, you matter! This is about ensuring the wellbeing of both individuals and communities. As individuals, we need to look after ourselves and each other so that as a community we can develop environmentally friendly lifestyles. In the poorest parts of the world, this is still about helping people to access enough food and clean water, within a safe society. In the rich world, it means redesigning our unsustainable systems and replacing them with sustainable ones. This could mean working together to provide efficient, accessible public transport, or to provide after-school clubs for kids. When people come together, friendships are formed and sustainability becomes possible.

Earth care  – Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply.
Permaculture works with natural systems, rather than in competition with them. It uses methods that have minimal negative impact on the Earth’s natural environment. In everyday life, this may involve buying local produce, eating in season, and cycling rather than driving. Its about choices we make, and how we manage the land. Its about opposing the destruction of wild habitats, and the poisoning of soil, water and atmosphere, and its about designing and creating healthy systems that meet our needs without damaging the planet.

Fair shares – By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles. Setting limits to population is not about limiting people’s free movement, tight border controls and a one child policy. Its about working to achieve a stable human population, using a number of key strategies. These include: access to family planning; helping people to meet their basic needs of clean water, adequate food, and basic healthcare and education; education for girls.

The third ethic recognises that:

a.    The Earth’s resources are limited.
b.    These resources need to be shared amongst many beings.

Permaculture seeks to divide these resources fairly amongst people, animals and plants alike, not forgetting future generations who will need food, water and shelter just as much as we do now. Its ‘one planet living’.

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http://www.permaculture.org.uk/land

http://www.permaculture.org.uk/people-projects-places/project/glengall-wharf-garden

http://www.timberpress.com/blog/2013/02/11995/

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