Permaculture is a way of living where we meet our needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It takes ideas from traditional and subsistence farming, science and technology and models itself on natural ecosystems which are fundamentally self sustaining.

This is The Permaculture Association’s definition of permaculture:

Permaculture works with nature to make a better world for all. By observing the natural world we can see a set of principles at work. Permaculture design uses these principles to develop integrated systems that provide for our needs of food, shelter, energy and community in ways that are healthy and efficient. We can use permaculture design methods to improve the quality and productivity of our individual lives, our society and our environment.

The Permaculture Association is the national charity that supports people to learn about and use permaculture.

I completed a full Permaculture Design Course in May 2012. I offer garden/plot advice and design services with an element of permaculture: see “consultancy and talks”

Using permaculture principles:

The principles of permaculture provide guidelines that can be used when designing sustainable systems. Below are a few examples of how implemented some of them in my garden:

Use and value diversity   Obtain a yield

Wild flowers to attract polinating insects and pest predators are allowed to grow amongst the veg.



Use edges and value the marginal

Use renewable resources  Catch and store energy   Grapes are grown up the shed and over a pergola made from sustainable locally coppiced sweet chestnut wood, the summerhouse roof is used for growing veg and water is caught from the shed roof and stored in a water butt


Use small and slow solutions

These brassicas are netted against pigeons and have cardboard collars to protect from root fly rather than using chemicals.