Permaculture is our future. It offers us a vision, a glimpse through a window into how our world could be if we aligned ourselves completely with nature. It is a set of principles based on nature’s principles, an innovative framework for creating sustainable ways of living. There are some amazing examples of permaculture projects around the world which are a real inspiration to an alternative way of existing here on earth.

By thinking carefully about the way we use our resources – food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs – it is possible to get much more out of life by using much less. We can be more productive for less effort, reaping benefits for our environment and ourselves, for now and for generations to come.

This is the essence of permaculture – the design of an ecologically sound way of living – in our households, gardens, communities and businesses. It is created by cooperating with nature and caring for the earth and its people.

Permaculture encourages us to be resourceful and self-reliant. It is not a dogma or a religion but an ecological design system which helps us find solutions to the many problems facing us – both locally and globally.

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There are a number of routes to introduce you into permaculture…

  1. Subscribing to Permaculture Magazine, a great publication to keep you informed on all things permaculture related and really good value at around £15 for an annual subscription.
  1. Geoff Lawton’s permaculture videos are free of charge to watch online and are a fantastic resource, showing what is possible through good design based on natures principles.
  1. Completing the Permaculture Design Certificate. We can recommend three places in the northwest where you can gain this qualification, made up of 72 hours of classroom teaching and a practical design project.
  • Northern School of Permaculture – Angus Soutar. This is where we did our training, over the course of 12 months. It suited us really well as it’s designed for busy people who can find one day every month to attend a course, but would struggle to be able to commit full weeks. Angus runs this course in towns throughout Lancashire and beyond, including Chorley and Burnley.
  • Middle Wood Ecological Trust – Rod Everett. Rod teaches this course at his 250 acre organic permaculture farm in the Forest of Bowlalnd. It’s a two week residential course in the most beautiful farm.
  • Offshoots Permaculture Project in Burnley is on a dedicated permaculture teaching site in Burnley. The course is run over two one week programmes spaced a few months apart. They also run a shorter weekend introductory course.