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Cecil Sharp House Permaculture LAND project wins Camden in Bloom 2016

The garden at Cecil Sharp House, a permaculture LAND project, and Permablitz London’s showcase garden has won Best Business Garden for Camden in Bloom 2016. The judges praised the diversity of plants, the care of the soil, the creative application of agroforestry principles and the way that the garden involves a wide range people.

Kayode Olafimihan,who designed the garden, said “I’m delighted that we have won Camden in Bloom for the second time, and that all the hard work of garden volunteers and permablitzers has been recognised in this way”

Thanks to a series of permablitzes, the garden has become a permaculture LAND (Learning and Network Demonstration) project – a network of permaculture gardens, open to the public, that aim to show permaculture in action. The garden is regularly maintained by a group of volunteers – if you would like to join them email 

Cecil Sharp House is the home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Click here for more information about the LAND project.

Cecil Sharp House garden approved as a permaculture LAND project!

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Cecil Sharp House garden has been approved as a permaculture LAND project. A big thank you to everyone who came and helped over the last two and a half years! LAND projects (Learning And Network Demonstration) are a network of permaculture sites set up to show permaculture in practice to visitors and volunteers in a safe, accessible and inspiring way.

The new Cecil Sharp House permaculture LAND project has launched a series of educationals aimed at volunteers and permablitzers who want to find out more about permaculture and maintaining an edible, decorative and ecological garden in the heart of London. For more details see the Educationals webpage on this site.

To Permablitz:

A permablitz involves a group of people meeting up for the day to:

  • Typically create or develop a community or household edible, wildlife-friendly garden, according to a permaculture design. Permablitzes can also involve sustainable non-food growing projects. For example, eco-friendly builds such as making compost toilets or retro-fits of existing homes as well as growing fibre for clothes or planting for fuel.
  • Learn about permaculture and gardening through skills shares and mini-workshops
  • Build community networks
  • Share a delicious lunch
  • and have lots of fun

New permablitzers are always welcome. We are also looking for more volunteer designers who have completed a permaculture design course. If you’d like to join us at a permablitz, want have one at your own place, think you can help with designs or are thinking about setting up a permablitz network in your area: contact us.

Find out more about Permablitzes here

Permablitzes in 2016

Rejuvenating a pond, Highbury Fields School
26th November 2016

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This was the first of a two-stage permablitz at Highbury Fields Secondary School, to rejuvenate their pond. We cleared the pond of leaves and emptied it, rescuing a toad. We then added shelving to create a structure for plants that will be added at the second-stage. We also added gravel to increase the surface area and thereby attract beneficial microbes (we also added em-mud balls to this end). We constructed a customised frame that will sit over the pond during autumn and winter to catch the leaves. There were mini workshops on designing the pond and em-mud balls.

Mulching the Forest Garden, Glengall Wharf Garden
13th November 2016

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Permablitz London has been mulching the forest garden area at Glengall Wharf Garden for the last three years. It was immediately striking how much the plants have developed in that time. We cleared and mulched with cardboard and manure, planted comfrey Bocking 14 and plants grown at Glengall Wharf Garden. We also created some bug hotels with mini-workshops on lasagne mulching, making wildlife habitats and sawing.

Creating a Leaf Container, Cecil Sharp House garden
5th November 2016

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This permablitz focussed on creating a leaf container for all the leaves at Cecil Sharp House. We dismantled pallets and painted them with eco-friendly paint. We also created mushroom logs and planted some camassia bulbs. There were mini-workshops on dismantling pallets, camassia bulbs and making mushroom logs.

Teaching & Storytelling Yurt, 3rd  September 2016

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At this permablitz we touched up the paint on the frame of the yurt, prepared the sheeting that will become the template for the roof cover and laid out and measured the canvas and PVC that will become the cover for the sides of the frame.

Series of three Permablitzes to help establish a permaculture LAND project at Cecil Sharp House

22nd May, 11th June, 17th July 2016

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There were three permablitzes at Cecil Sharp House, in May, June and July 2016. These permablitzes transformed the railings beds, implementing a design by Kayode Olafimihan, which included planting permaculture guilds with a particular emphasis on bee and butterfly plants. We installed a soaker hose irrigation system, painted the trellis and added new edging.

The whole garden received attention in the latter two permablitzes to establish a showcase permaculture LAND project at Cecil Sharp House. We are thrilled that not only has Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden been recognised as a LAND project (July 2016), but the garden also won Camden in Bloom ‘Best Business Garden’ in September 2016.

Fencing and mulching at Su’s garden in Bath
18th-19th June 2016

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At this permablitz we were working on Su Hart’s land in Bath. Su Hart has been leading the London Rainforest Choir workshops that have raised money for the Cecil Sharp House garden and Permablitz London. Londoners were joined by people from all over the country to create a deer fence around the growing area and clear and mulch around the recently planted fruit trees.

Permablitz at Sheila’s garden 29th May 2016

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This second permablitz at Sheila’s house continued the work on the garden that was started at the previous permablitz. The ground had really benefited from the lasagne mulch laid in November 2015 and it was good to find that very little bramble remained. We cleared the garden of the bindweed that had shown itself and removed the trellising so the garden is ready for runner beans, rhubarb and plenty of plants for birds, bees and butterflies.

Permablitz at South London Housing Coop, 3rd April 2016

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We returned to the garden at this South London Housing Co-op and further developed the modified forest garden design. We created planters and planted fruit trees, adjusted the garden layout and planted edible climbers, perennial plants for nectar, annual vegetables and installed a soaker hose irrigation system.

Susannah’s allotment, Golders Green, 12th March 2016

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Susannah has just taken on this plot and by the end of the day a huge amount was achieved: we created a herb spiral, set up two hugel beds, a strawbale raised bed, painted and planted up planters with fruit tree guilds, erected a polytunnel, dug a drainage ditch and felted the shed roof.

Eden Project, Cornwall, 6th February 2016

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Permablitz London and the London Rainforest Choir lead a public workshop performance for the Eden Project’s World Music Family Weekend. We sang and build into being a Baka rainforest Mongolu dwelling in the rainforest Biome to form part of a Baka Camp exhibit in the West Africa section.

The Eden Project Rainforest Biome explores biodiversity, form and function, and the importance of the rainforest as a habitat and resource provider for food, fuels, medicines, and materials.

This world has an abundance of everything we need. Scarcity is due to people forgetting how to share : Baka Forest People

 

Permaculture Magazine features Permablitz London

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For more details and to buy a copy click to go to the Permaculture Magazine website.

Magazine article about Permablitz London

stir_magazine_winter_2014_with_frameStir Magazine published an article about Permablitz London in the Winter 2014 issue. Click here for more information and to order a copy.

 

 

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Perma – from permaculture, a design system for sustainable living. A permablitz is organised to implement a permaculture design. Blitz – is the German word for a lightning strike. A permablitz involves the focused application of energy to install part of a permaculture system. When lightning strikes it heats the air around it making the nitrogen in the air absorbable in water. So the nitrogen dissolves in the rain, which fertilizes the ground where it falls. This is just what a permablitz is designed to do: create a fertile soil where plants can grow.