Introduction to Permaculture

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Introduction to Permaculture
20th April 2013 10:00
21st April 2013 17:00
£55 (members) / £65 (non-members)
4th December 2012

2 day course: Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April, 10am-5pm

We’re excited to bring Sarah Pugh out to the farm as the tutor for this weekend workshop. Her Introduction courses are an inspiring and informative exploration of the principles and practice of Permaculture. The experience will give you an understanding of the basic approach and simple ways to start using Permaculture in your garden, community and life.

You don’t need any experience, just an interest in gardening and sustainability and some enthusiasm for working towards a positive and productive future.

In talks, discussions and activities you’ll explore the ethics and philosophy and the basics of Permaculture design. On a short walk you’ll observe natural systems and useful plants and learn how to apply Nature’s wisdom to our own systems. A slideshow of projects and plots from around the UK will give an idea of the range of possibilities of Permaculture. There’s also a group practical session to put what we talk about into practice.

Tutor: Sarah Pugh

Sarah has been teaching permaculture courses for many years and her focus has always been on inspiring and involving people in designing and improving their local space, creating opportunities for communities to work collaboratively and to reconnect with nature, particularly in urban areas.

She founded the Bristol Permaculture Group (which now has over 600 members!) and runs a one year Practical Sustainability Course with Shift Bristol. Visit her website for more information.



How to book

Phone Emily on 0117 3643123 between 9am-3pm, Mon-Thur. Please have your card details ready.

Spaces are limited on all courses so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Members and long term volunteers of the farm are given priority booking and 15% discount on prices. If you are interested in becoming a member, take a look at our Membership page.



To try and minimise our carbon footprint at the farm, we encourage people to either lift-share or to book onto a Community Transport Minibus. Provided we have a sufficient number of people booked onto the minibus, it will be picking up at Bristol hippodrome and Bristol Temple Meads. We ask for a contribution of £5 per adult to cover costs for the minibus.

If you are interested in lift-sharing or taking the mini-bus, please let us know when booking.



For all of our courses and workshops we have a communal lunch where everyone brings something to share – we find this is a great way to gather a real community driven feast! We encourage everyone to make something vegetarian for the day so that as many people as possible are able to share the food.

Some ideas of things to bring include salads, bread, cheese, chutney, crisps, hummus or other spreads, soup, stew, cake… Any contribution will be a welcome addition to the feast!

We will provide refreshments and hot drinks during the day.


Cancellation Policy

If for whatever reason you need to cancel your booking, we offer a 50% refund up to one week prior to the course date. For cancellations with less than one week’s notice you will only receive a refund if you can provide a medical note.

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the course we aim to give you at least 24 hours notice and you will receive a full refund.