News from Shropshire
Shropshire Permaculture Network Spring News
Read all the latest on Permaculture in Shropshire and the borders here:
Karuna Get Planning
Karuna has been granted planning permission for an onsite low impact home. This will be a straw bale roundhouse with a living roof. More information about this is on their website.
Shropshire LAND Network
Shropshire now has an impressive six Permaculture sites registered as part of the Permaculture Association’s LAND Learning Network. Three sites (Karuna, Willows Permaculture Garden and Station Road Permaculture Garden) are fully fledged LAND Learning Centres. The remaining three (Frodesley Forest Garden, Pennerley Permaculture and Forest Garden and Oak House Permaculture Project) are LAND Learners – projects that are working towards becoming full visitor sites like the others.
A new season of films has begun, run by Shrewsbury Transition Town and held at the Old Post Office Function Room on Milk Street, Shrewsbury.
- 19th April, 8pm - Terry Gilliam’s dystopian satire Brazil
- 24th May, 8pm - The documentary Taking Root, about nobel award winning Kenyan tree planter, Wangari Maathai.
Stalls, maypole, BBQ, scarecrow making, folk music, arts and crafts plus lots lots more. 10am – 4pm.
Learn about creating a wildlife garden at Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Fair. Stalls, children’s activities, talks, craft demonstrations and much more. 28th April.
Places are still available for the two week Permaculture Design Course with Steve Jones of Sector39. This is held at Treflach Farm, near Oswestry.
Learn all about forest gardening with Chris Evans of Designed Visions. This weekend course is held at Karuna, Picklescott.
This open day at Karuna is a chance to meet Merav and Janta and find out more about their inspirational project up in Picklescott. It’s also an opportunity to hear more about the Permaculture association’s LAND Network.
Would anyone be interested in starting up a Permablitz group in Shropshire. For anyone who’s not heard of them, Permablitzes are events where a group of people meet together to set up an edible garden, following a permaculture design. Participants at these events earn Permablitz credits each time they volunteer and when they’ve got three credits, they’re eligible to have the group come and permablitz their own place. This means they’ll get design support to make some really good permaculture plans for their garden and then a couple of weeks later a (hopefully) big group of volunteers will come and build the garden. The day might involve an introductory chat about the permaculture plans, some hard graft, some great food, a workshop activity, more hard graft and a celebratory drink with a big bunch of new friends at the end of it all.
Permablitzes were started up in Melbourne, Australia and loads more info on how they work is available on their website. The idea is to get people involved from all walks of life, from hardcore permie nuts to Joe Bloggs who would just like some help growing veg. But to make it work, we’d definitely need some of those permie nuts (i.e. you!), including a bunch of people who’ve taken Permaculture design courses (to help make the Permaculture designs each time).
At Oak House we’re trying to get our perennial vegetable garden going and are hoping to experiment this year with perennial broccoli, tree collards (a type of perennial cabbage), burnet and sea kale amongst others. Other people’s experiences welcome.