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We have two Permaculture Design courses currently advertised, and much effort going into our Ecological Gardening programme. We are reviving our programme of social events and have set dates for the 11th of June and 17th September (see lower down).

Permaculture Design Course, North Manchester

PDC at Manchester Road, Bury, North Manchester, Start now! It's not too late to join this full Permaculture Design course on Saturday 18th June. The course is certificated internationally by the Permaculture Research Institute and will run on one Saturday per month over 12 months, finishing in April 2023. Learn more and booking information.

This course is available in a modular form.

Tell your friends! Poverty need not prevent people from attending. Payment plans may be negotiated with those who have difficulty finding the course fee. See more on our website.

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Pond Design Permaculture field studies

Permaculture Design Course at Broadbottom, Cheshire

PDC at Broadbottom near Hyde, Cheshire 24th September 2022 to 12th August 2023. This full, modular Permaculture Design Course, certificated internationally by the Permaculture Research Institute will run for one Saturday a month for each of the 12 months. Learn more and booking information.

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Broadbottom hosts the Permaculture Course Permaculture course team

Eco-gardening Workshops at Summerbottom

Join the last two day courses and practical workshops in the Spring and Summer series at Summerbottom ecogarden, on 11th and 18th of June 2022:

Ecological gardens and permaculture

Gardening with Trees and other Perennials 11.06.2022 - Learn how to apply the ecological patterns found in forests to design permanent edible and medicinal cultivated habitats. These patterns of cultivation can be applied to any scale, from a patio or balcony garden to any acreage, although the focus of this workshop will be on urban settings, ranging from private to community garden spaces. Read more and book.

Polycultures for Autumn and Winter 18.06.2022 - With appropriate knowledge and planning, we can still grow plenty at this time of the year. We will explore polyculture patterns, learning the underlying principles that create successful communities of plants, and how you can use these patterns to combine annual, and perennial, edible plants to mitigate the 'hungry gap'. Then, we will practice how to design and plant an edible polyculture garden bed for the cold season. Read more and booking information.

Gardening for Wildlife

A two day course to explore how to transform your garden into a safe haven for wildlife. One session in July and another in October, so you have the opportunity to work with the seasons to provide habitat for insects and small mammals. Read more and book here.

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Ecological Gardening Essential Training at Laudato Si Centre

This programme runs on Saturdays, from October 2022 to Spring 2023, as a full six modules course at Laudato Si Centre in Worsley, Manchester. It is designed as a foundation in ecological gardening essential training and is suitable for students who are new to permaculture design and for students who have completed Permaculture Design Courses.

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In the current programme, you will learn how to build healthy soil by selecting the ideal composting systems for your specific needs and site, how to embed self-watering systems in the garden that work for you and your plants, how to structure permanent planting schemes in your garden with trees and other perennials, how to get started with edible polycultures to grow organic produce all year round, and how to embed and build wormeries for the eco-garden. Places are limited to 18, so book early to avoid disappointment. Read more and booking information.

Summer Social Gathering

The Northern School's Summer Gathering will take place at Summerbottom garden at Broadbottom near Hyde on Saturday, 11th of June in the afternoon. This will be an informal, family-friendly event. Join us on woodland walks, tour the garden in bloom, meet old friends and make new ones. Hope to see you there. Please book here (no charge).

Northern School of Permaculture social event
Down by the river at Broadbottom

Autumn social event in Prestwich

Saturday 17th September 2022. Details are still to be announced, meanwhile put the date in your diary.

More about the Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)

The Northern School of Permaculture delivers, amongst other things, the Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC). This is open to anyone who wants to create a sane and safe future for themselves, their friends and their families. The course is based on the pioneering work of Bill Mollison and follows the international curriculum of 72 course hours, as originally designed by Bill himself. Our lead trainer is Angus Soutar who has 30 years experience of practising and teaching permaculture design. Angus is accredited internationally by the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI).

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The ethics of caring and sharing

Staying connected

If you are a graduate of one of our design courses, you can link up with fellow graduates and the core team on our Alumni Telegram Group. You can find more details here.

Keep in touch: on Telegram @teresa_pereira or via our staff contact page

Get involved!

If you haven't studied with us before, consider attending one of our events or courses.

If you are friends and colleagues, old and new, we invite you to:

  • help out on one of our courses or drop in on our PDC sessions to catch-up or update your knowledge - contact Angus on Telegram @angssoutar or via our staff contact page
  • help organise an event near you - perhaps a local visit or even one of our Design Practice Events (see previous "Whats On") - contact Teresa on Telegram @teresa_pereira or via our staff contact page
  • recommend our courses to your friends and help create some lively and dynamic course groups.

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