The Basics

Lammas Ecovillage - a green building is the community hub

What is permaculture?

Permaculture combines three key aspects:

1. An ethical framework: earth care, people care, fair shares

2. Understandings of how nature works

3. A design approach

This unique combination provides a toolkit that is used to design regenerative systems at all scales - from home and garden to community, farm and bioregions around the world.

The word 'permaculture' comes originally from 'permanent agriculture' and 'permanent culture' - it is about living lightly on the planet, and making sure that we can sustain human activities for many generations to come, in harmony with nature.

Permanence is not about everything staying the same. It is about stability, about deepening soils and cleaner water, thriving communities in self-reliant regions, biodiverse agriculture, and social justice, peace and abundance.


Permaculture definitions

Different people explain permaculture in different ways.

"Permaculture offers ways we can design human habitat, places for people to be, that work with nature."


"How we use systems thinking and these design principles to apply to whatever you want... anyone can learn about it."


"I find it very difficult, like everyone else, to define permaculture because it covers all of human living." - Rosemary Morrow


Learn more about permaculture and help it spread - become a member of the Permaculture Association.


Hear from permaculture practitioners around the world in this playlist:


Learn more as a Permaculture Association member

Permaculture Association members at the national convergence 2018, ManchesterWe support our members and others in the permaculture network to design thriving communities across Britain by applying permaculture ethics and principles, and to contribute to permaculture worldwide.

Whether you are involved in gardening, farming, building homes, economic regeneration, or business, using permaculture design empowers you to make the right choices for a sustainable future.

Just one of the benefits of Permaculture Association membership is an exclusive learning email series. We will send an email every few weeks, to help you deepen your knowledge, discover new aspects of the design process, and learn useful practical solutions. Read the first email 'Observe and Interact', for free.

More ways to learn about permaculture

  • By becoming a member of the Permaculture Association you can connect with others, receive news from the network and Permaculture Works journal. Plus, learning resources sent to your inbox.

Please support us so that we can share the benefits of permaculture widely. You can do this by becoming a member today. In return, we will send you monthly news, the members journal Permaculture Works, and more!