Full Permaculture Design ~ Spring Term 2015

This full permaculture design course will look at the ethics and principles behind permaculture and will enable learners to use this ecological design thinking in their everyday lives.

We will be looking at natural systems such as energy, soil, water and plants in detail and will be looking at how to apply permaculture design tools in the home, garden and community.

Tutor: Paul Paine & Joe Atkinson
Venue: St.Anns Allotment Visitor Centre,121 Ransom Road, Nottingham, NG3 3LH
Date: Saturday 24th  &  Sunday 25th January

February Sat 21st, sun 22nd 13hr
March Sat 21st Sunday 22nd 13hr
April Sat 25th Sunday 26th 13hr
May sat 9th Sunday 10th (7.5 hours per day = 15 hours)
May Sat 23rd Sunday 24th   13hr
June Sat 13th  Sunday 14th 13hr


Time:9.30am – 4pm
Duration: 14 sessions
: £359.91 (£322.71 Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low income evidence must be provided.




The aims of the course

To introduce the basic concepts of permaculture theory and practice

To enable learners to integrate ecological and design thinking into their everyday lives


Topics to be covered

Permaculture basics – ethics, principles, design

Understanding natural systems- energy, soil, water, ecosystems, plants, animals, climate and microclimate

Permaculture application in the home, garden, community and beyond

Design practice and group projects


Learning outcomes

As a result of attending this course it may be possible for you to:

Apply permaculture ethics and principles to situations in your own life

Describe some of the principles, processes and elements working within natural systems

Describe the process of design and a variety of tools and methods within it, and use it in a variety of situations

Apply your learning within your home, garden, community and the wider world


Teaching methods, learning activities

Guided discussions

Work in small groups

Practical activities and Demonstrations

Group and individual design projects

Presentations and slide shows

Others as appropriate


Assessment methods

Through quizzes, discussions, individual and group presentations, observation of practical activities and other set tasks the tutors will ensure that learners are making progress.


Previous learning required

Everyone is welcome and no previous knowledge is assumed.


Essential materials or equipment

A notebook and pen or pencil. You can bring along other drawing and writing material if this helps with your note taking.


Where the course may lead

The tutor can provide you with information about what you can do next with the WEA and other local providers. A Giving Information and Advice county leaflet is available with useful local information. What Next? leaflets are available from your tutor or programme organiser to help you with your choices. If you would like to discuss what options are available or how to obtain guidance, please contact your programme organiser.

At successful conclusion of the course you will receive the internationally acknowledged Permaculture Design Certificate, registered with the Permaculture Association. You can then study towards a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.



Permaculture for Beginners, Graham Burnett  and Permaculture in a Nutshell, Patrick Whitefield– both simple and accessible introductory texts, but the former one has more pictures in it.

Earth Users Guide to Permaculture, Rosemary Morrow – covers more or less the content of the course, but is written from an Australian perspective

The Earth Care Manual, Patrick Whitefield – comprehensive guide to permaculture in cool temperate climates


Financial help

If you need help with paying for fees or childcare, you may be entitled to financial support. Ask your tutor or programme organiser for more information. We will treat all requests confidentially and with respect in accordance with our Learner Support Policy (see Services for Learners leaflet).

Help with learning

If you have a disability or learning difficulty, let us know as early as possible so that we can make arrangements to provide you with support. We will treat requests for help confidentially and with respect. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about learning support (see Services for Learners leaflet).

Help with English, Maths or Study Skills

You are also entitled to extra help and support with English, Maths or Study Skills. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about help with English, Maths or Study Skills.

Sound interesting?
Please contact Caroline email

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