The Permaculture Association
More people doing more permaculture
What is permaculture? If you are looking for some basic information about what permaculture is you can find that here.
We 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, planning, building homes, economic regeneration, or business, using permaculture design empowers you to make the right choices for a sustainable future.
By putting ethics first and using natural systems as a model, there are simple and innovative ways to live fairly and sustainably now and in the future.
A participatory organisation
Sharing and self-organising are strengths of the permaculture network. The Permaculture Association has a participatory structure so members can be directly involved.
Our board of trustees is elected from the membership and guides our work. Voluntary working groups lead development. Any member may stand to be elected or ask to join a working group. Members volunteer as Permaculture Ambassadors and in other roles.
We work to deliver the decisions taken by our members and to support them. We also work with other organisations in Britain and Europe on larger projects that support permaculture. We have put in place scaleable office admin systems so that volunteers and staff based remotely from each other can work collaboratively.
We initiate and collaborate with academic and citizen science permaculture research.
Designing the future
With permaculture we can design an abundant world in which we care for the earth, each other and future generations, whilst living within nature’s limits. Our work is set out in more detail in our strategy 2015 -2020.
Permaculture Association vision, mission and aims
An abundant world in which we care for the earth, each other and future generations, whilst living within nature’s limits.
Empower people to design thriving communities across Britain, and contribute to permaculture worldwide.
1. Improve access to permaculture
2. Enhance collaboration within permaculture and related networks
3. Nurture and grow permaculture networks
4. Increase knowledge of the benefits of permaculture within society
5. Develop permaculture theory and practice
6. Build an effective and sustainable organisation
Permaculture Association work
You can contact staff via our contact form.
Board of Trustees
Philip is the longest standing member of the Board of Trustees and acts as Honoreary Treasurer. In his day job he manages the finances at St Martin in the Fields charity.
My background as a research academic has also helped me to carry out projects on behalf of the association which have been presented at convergences and conferences.
For over 20 years I ran my own Management Consulting business, doing analysis and design on projects for a wide range of industries, but I’ve now decided to redesign my life and better utilise my time on Permaculture and Transition related initiatives.
Did my PDC in 2014 and then moved straight on to starting my diploma, but I believe I’ve been utilising permaculture type methods for well over 30 years without knowing it, both in business and home life, following the many and very practical ways my father and grandfathers taught me from an early age. So to me permaculture is more than just land based and is mostly organised common-sense.
Our family home is in Cheshire where we’ve 2 acres of mixed woodland that I’m lucky enough to be able to use for experimenting on all things permaculture. My current interests and activities are in:
Urban permaculture combined with Aquaponics;
Enabling youngsters to be actively involved in permaculture;
Teaching permaculture related subjects and mentoring business start-ups.
Developing various ways to enable people to have truly sustainable incomes.
I worked for many years as a management trainer and business planning consultant, latterly specialising in Sustainable Procurement. I have been an organic gardener since 1976, am a qualified teacher and hold an MSc in ecology. I naturally moved intoPermaculture and have been a member of the Education Working Groupsince it formed.
With Cheryl, I jointly run Pennerley Permaculture which has been a LAND centre since June 2012. We work bio-dynamically and I have a real passion for Forest Gardening.
I hold a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design and specialise in urban regeneration.
I'm an internationally recognised visiting expert in community currency development and am responsible for innovation and the development of registration services using open money protocols across Europe. I have over 20 years of experience within community currencies, having set up and run a LETSystems and incentive programmes.
In the UK I broaden the interest in Sociocracy (applied dynamic governance) and practice the techniques of sociocratic governance methods during facilitation and workshop sessions. I facilitate strategic and operational working circles of Sociocracy UK and deliver sociocratic training at permaculture courses and events.
I am the co-founder and managing director of UK social enterprises Common Resource Ltd. and East London Food Access Ltd., where I lead on design, development and research. Using my experience of the UK social enterprise and community sectors, I specialise in applied CSR and innovation, and facilitate, chair and manage a portfolio of community projects.
The Permaculture Association is dedicated to supporting an ever growing network of permaculture practitioners, increasing knowledge of permaculture within our society, developing permaculture theory and practice, and building an evidence base that supports this. My work as CEO is to carry out the intentions of the board of trustees, and to coordinate the direction of the many projects, network and events that facilitate these aims.
I have been Chief Executive of the Permaculture Association since 1999, having previously been a trustee and regular volunteer.
Jemma Findley (Dixon), Education Network coordinator [currently on maternity leave]
I support and facilitate the Permaculture Educators' Network, and help it to reach its full potential.
My role is to promote permaculture education to the public, to improve access and quality of permaculture education and to work on behalf of the educator members to grow, animate and cohere the Permaculture Educator Network.
Cath Marsh, Coordinator, Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design
I look after the Diploma network - so that's 450+ apprentices, tutors and diploma holders. Together with the Diploma Working Group, I organise the Diploma Gathering (usually held every 9 months) which is a great weekend of workshops, tutorials and inspiring accreditations. If you've done your Permaculture Design Course and are interested in finding out more about the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design, please drop me a line.
Lusi Alderslowe, Children in Permaculture Coordinator
Coordinating the Children in Permaculture project (2015-18), I write materials which will support educators to work with children, including case studies, session plans, activities, pedagogical guidelines, and a review of existing resources which we are pulling together into a guide on "How to engage children in permaculture". Children in Permaculture is a European, Erasmus+ funded project with 7 partner organisations in 5 European countries, so most work is done remotely. I also organise and attend events, courses, meetings, and conferences.
I have been Research Coordinator of the Permaculture Association for five years. I coordinate permaculture research in the UK, run the Permaculture Research Digest, support interns and volunteers, maintain the research pages of the Permaculture Association website, and have led various research projects.
I am also coordinator of the Permaculture International Research Network, the world’s first such network, with 800 members in 70 countries. I organised the programme for the International Permaculture Conference in London in 2015, the world’s biggest permaculture research event. I have previously worked in organic farming and retailing, anti-poverty work, and for many years taught history and archaeology.
I have been working at the Permaculture Association since 2014. I am a plant ecologist with a passion for plant communities, especially food-growing communities.
I am currently working as part of the GROW Observatory. This is a Europe-wide citizens' observatory for family farmers, gardeners and growers. The Permaculture Association is one of 20 partners in this European consortium. I am leading the collaborative design of citizen scientist experiments to help gain vital evidence and promote wider understanding of regenerative growing practices at smaller (non-mechanised) scales.
The permaculture network in Britain
Finn Weddle, ScotLAND Outreach Worker
I provide outreach support for the ScotLAND project; a Scotland-wide network supporting and creating permaculture Learning And Network Demonstration (LAND) Centres. I coordinate and promote our network of Learners, Centres and tutors; encourage new Learners and Centres to join the network; help to organise skill-share events; and identify and liaise with groups. I also coordinate the Group Visit Scheme and work alongside the Permaculture Scotland Working Group to develop the dream of permaculture across the nation.
Cara Wilson, Wales Network Coordinator and Education Network Coordinator maternity cover
I am Wales’ Permaculture Coordinator 2016-2018, my role is to help all groups and projects link up, learn and share with each other. I am here to support volunteers already working on Paramaethu Cymru coordination, web, education and regional groups.
My work is currently one day a week, so a big task is to fund raise, and find funds that local groups can use. I want to hear from you – good ideas, questions, needs, offers – do get in touch!
Dan Hurring, Events Coordinator
I am here to ensure that the Permaculture Association is able to offer an increasing range of high quality professional events that introduce new people to permaculture, nurture our membership and raise funds towards the ongoing work of the organisation. Events are core parts of the Association activities, bringing together people to share learning, offer community support and celebrate, and include our Convergences, regional events, the Annual General Meeting and other one-off activities.
Membership and networking
Nicola Bell, Membership Coordinator
I look after the Permaculture Association's membership. We have 1400 fantastic members in the network, and we're aiming to grow. It is my job to support our members to fully utilise their membership benefits, and to encourage more to join. If you would like to join as a member or need any help with your membership please get in touch!
I also coordinate the Permaculture Association's suite of websites, so if you have any website related issues do not hesitate to get in touch.
Nigel works with Nicola to develop the Permaculture Association's use of the web.
Ryan Sandford-Blackburn, Strategic Communications Coordinator
I have an overview of the organisation's communications. Regular tasks include compiling and editing the members' journal Permaculture Works (you'll receive it if you're a member), sending the monthly ebulletin, publishing blogs, and managing social media. The Permaculture Association and its members do so much great work, it's my role to help them communicate this effectively and widely.
Sarah Cossom, Digital Communications (Events)
I provide digital support for the Permaculture Ambassadors project and events, to help share the inspiring work going on across the UK and connect like-minded individuals and organisations. I also work on 52 Climate Actions.
Dan McTiernan, Communications Assistant
Dan joined the team to help undertake a significant communications and brand revew; he worked in the team to enable us to rebrand the organisation and our communications channels. This work was done all in-house, collaborating with many members of the team. Dan is an accomplished creative writer and graphic designer. Dan helps produce our publications to a high standard, including editing and laying out Permaculture Works, the new members' journal.
Helen White, Finance Coordinator
I'm the person you contact when you want to send us money, have queries with payments, send invoices etc. I work 14 hours a week, which leaves me time for the allotment and teaching yoga.