Full Permaculture Design ~ Spring Term 2016

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
Full permaculture design course 2016
January ~Sat Sun 23/24 2016
February ~ Sat Sun 20th/21st
March ~ Sat Sun 19th/20th
April ~ Sat Sun 23rd/24th
May ~ Sat Sun 7th /8th
May ~Sat Sun 21st /22nd
June ~Sat Sun 11th/12th
Time:9.30am – 4pm
Duration: 14 sessions
: £359.91 Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low income evidence must be provided.
Please click on the link below to ENROL now:

Title of qualification to be gained (if any):Certificate in Permaculture Design (PDC)

Awarding body (if any):permaculture Association

Essential materials e.g. books and equipment to be provided by the student

Course aims:

To enable students to understand permaculture and begin to undertake their own permaculture design

Course description: 

To introduce the basic concepts of permaculture theory and practice To enable learners to integrate ecological and design thinking into their everyday lives 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
Course content: what topics will the course cover?

permaculture ethics and prinicples




design tools
Teaching, learning and assessment methods: tick those to be used
Group work
Individual work
Project work
Question and answer
Activity outside class time
Practical work
Field trip
Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:
1. understand permaculture ethics and principles
2. Be able to describe the principles and elements of natural systems
3. describe the design process, and tools and methods
4. Be able to complete a permaculture design
Reading and information sources: Is any reading/preparation essential or desirable?
Suggestions for progression to further study or for using the skills and knowledge gained:

Permaculture diploma


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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