Susannah’s Allotment permablitz
19th May 2018
At Susannah’s allotment we laid out new gravel pathways, put down irrigation, added mulch around fruit trees and created a new leaf-mould compost bin. Susannah explained the design and gave a tour of the allotment and the bees.
Re-visit to Morley College dye garden permablitz
17th May 2018
This was a return visit to the Morley College dye garden that was installed through a permablitz in spring 2017. We cleared the garden in preparation for the summer, uncovering a lot of self-seeded calendula. Then we added some new plants: yarrow, more geranium and blackcurrant.
Big Dig Permablitz at Cecil Sharp House
21st April 2018
This permablitz at Cecil Sharp House involved potting up self-seeded plants and adding new unusual edible forest garden plants to the garden. We laid out a new soaker hose irrigation system in one of the beds and planted up lots of unusual root vegetables.
8th April 2018
At this permablitz we laid out Cat’s garden, having laid down a lasagne mulch at the previous permablitz. Pathways were edged and filled with woodchip, beds were marked out, trellis added to the fence for climbers, espallier and fan-trained fruit trees. A barrel pond was set up with a wildlife ladder and pond plants and a drip-irrigation system was laid down. The day ended with a lawn being laid for Cat’s daughter to play on.
Forest Farm Peace Garden
24th March 2018
We returned to Forest Farm Peace Garden to plant out unusual edible perennials according to a modified forest garden design. They included: toona, small-leaved lime and white mulberry trees; a variety of shrubs including Chilean guava, autumn olive and Aronia; lots of herbaceous perennials and various edible alliums. We laid out pathways with woodchip and logs to create a low-maintenance space with a drip-irrigation system.
11th March 2018
In this second stage permablitz at Eva’s garden we created a patio, put up trellis and climbers and planted out according to a modified forest garden design. We also dismantled pallets and created planters to go on her patio.
Permablitzes in 2017
26th November 2017
This was the first phase permablitz to prepare Cat’s back garden to become a space to grow fruit and veg, medicinal herbs and bee-friendly flowers as well as a space for her daughter to enjoy being outdoors. The planting will take place in the spring. We cleared the garden and laid down a lasagne mulch, created large planters out of scaffolding boards and made a mud kitchen for Sasha.
11th November 2017
This was the first stage permablitz to take place at Eva’s garden where we were preparing her front garden for a spring planting. We cleared the garden and laid down a lasagne mulch over the entire front garden. We also put up a fence that will house climbers. In the patio at the back we dismantled pallets to make recycled patio furniture.
Forest Farm Peace Garden
21st October 2017
At this permablitz we were preparing the ground for new planting in the spring. We dug out lots of couch grass and creeping thistle and then laid down a lasagne mulch of cardboard, manure and woodchip. On top of that we planted green manure to cover the ground over winter.
Glengall Wharf Garden
15th October 2017
This was our autumn permablitz at Glengall Wharf Garden where we re-laid the lasagne mulch, which we have been doing for the past four years. The mulches have created the soil for the forest garden over the years and there are now a good diversity of plants in the forest garden area. We also laid out a new irrigation system, re-built a leaking pond and added some new plants.
Cecil Sharp House
24th September 2017
Lots was done at this permablitz: we built a new lid for the leaf bin out of recycled pallets and painted it, tidied up around the garden: in the walled garden, pruning the ivy and yew.
Cecil Sharp House Chelsea Fringe
3rd June 2017
Annie and Jack’s front garden
20th May 2017
Gunther and Lily’s back garden
13th May 2017
Highbury Fields School
29th April 2017
Cecil Sharp House
22nd April 2017
Claudia and Anita’s front garden
9th April 2017
1st April 2017
18th March 2017
11th March 2017
26th February 2017
Morley College Dye Garden
18th February 2017
We prepared the soil for the dye garden on Saturday 18th February and we did some dyeing of silk squares using weld, a natural dye plant.
The second permablitz is on Saturday 1st April to plant up the dye garden.
Permablitzes in 2016
Rejuvenating a pond, Highbury Fields School
26th November 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Permablitzes in 2015
Sheila’s garden, Heathrow, 29th November 2015
Sheila has lived in her house, which is a stone’s throw from the Heathrow runways since the 1930s, before Heathrow existed. We uncovered the runner bean frames her husband used for his beans (they were covered in bramble and bindweed), built a herb spiral and laid down a lasagne mulch to support the soil over winter.
South London Housing Co-op, 1st November 2015
This permablitz was the first stage of transforming the garden space at a housing cooperative in Peckham. We created bark-covered pathways, planted guilded perennials, created a decorated compost bin, built a vertical growing ladder against the wall, put up growing gutters on the wall and created a herb spiral in the front garden.
Glengall Wharf Garden, 20th September 2015
At this permablitz we laid down a lasagne mulch to prepare soil in the extension of the forest garden. We also planted unusual perennials into the area we cleared.
Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hainault – refreshing the forest garden
6th September 2015
As summer turned towards autumn and the fruit was ripening in the forest garden we cleared and planted an area of the forest garden with permaculture tree guilds of decorative perennial plants emphasising forage for bees and other insects. We also created a peaceful sitting area in the shade under the existing damson tree, building stools from recycled wood.
Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hainault – erecting the kitchen
9th August 2015
Everyone gathered and together we erected the magnificent kitchen, that now covers the cob oven at Hainault Forest Farm Peace Garden. We also prepared an area of the forest garden for the next permablitz there in September.
Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hainault, 5th July 2015
This was a woodworking preparation day to create the pieces that will be assembled into an outdoor kitchen for Forest Farm Peace Garden cob oven on 9th August.
Forest Farm Peace Garden is an organic community garden in the middle of a large allotment in Hainault, East London with an ecotherapy programme for supported volunteers. They work with a broad cross-section of the local community to promote mental and physical health, social inclusion, intercultural awareness, and environmental sustainability.
Lucy T’s garden 28th June 2015
This was a people-care focussed permablitz that transformed Lucy’s courtyard garden into a tranquil, ecological-ornamental space with shade-loving edible perennials, a wildlife-friendly water feature and spaces to sit around her cast iron barbecue.
Owen’s garden 3rd May (International Permaculture Day) 2015
This permablitz in Owen’s back garden was a celebration of international year of soils. We built hugel raised beds and planted them up with guilded plant alliances, created a pallet compost bay, and built a wormery from a recycled sink unit.
Upon this handful of soil our survival depends. Husband it and it will grow our food, our fuel and our shelter and surround us with beauty. Abuse it and the soil will collapse and die, taking humanity with it. Sanskrit text 1,500 BC
Cecil Sharp House garden 14th March 2015
Cecil Sharp House, a grade II listed building, is the home of English folk music and dance which generously hosts the annual London Permaculture Festival. On the permablitz we extended the awarding winning low maintenance, decorative, ecological and edible design for their permaculture entrance garden into their walled garden. We installed a pond, butterfly bed, sensory bed and bridal border with drip feed irrigation – all highlighting the soil-food-web, permaculture guilds and edible perennials while creating a variety of wildlife habitats.
Joe’s garden 21st February 2015
At Joe’s house in Peckham we installed an edible, wildlife friendly garden in the back garden. We planted unusual edible perennials along with nectar-rich flowers to encourage pollinating insects. We laid down the structure for the garden, with brick lined, bark-mulched pathways, a patio as a seating area with the rest of the garden dedicated to growing. We created a hugel raised bed out of recycled pallets and planted fruit trees, fruiting shrubs, scented flowers, salads, vegetables, herbs and ground cover.
Permablitzes in 2014
This permablitz was to help establish Billericay Community garden so we built a herb spiral and two raised beds, one of which was created using hugel kultur. The two beds were planted up with the same plants so it will be possible to compare them. We had a delicious lunch with four different soups, including a nettle soup, made with nettles from the garden.
Glengall Wharf Garden 26th October 2014
As a permaculture LAND Centre, Glengall Wharf Garden has made hugelkultur the focus of practical research over the last 2 years. We spent the day reconfiguring the hugels, preparing them for another year of productive growing. It was a great day of learning, doing and eating a delicious lunch made from veg from the garden. For the record of the day click here.
James and Lucy’s Front Garden 31st August 2014
This was a front garden makeover for James and Lucy to create an ornamental, edible, ecological space. As well as planting up the front garden and laying down an irrigation system, we created a herb spiral, two planters, established a pond, and set up a community composting system.
Emily’s Garden 3rd August 2014
We dismantled pallets, recycling them to create a series of planters that we planted up with vegetables; we also set up a wildlife pond and a bee/butterfly garden for Emily and Thomas (her young son).
Glyndon Bloom and Berry Garden, 21st June 2014
In partnership with Glyndon Bloom and Berry Garden, Co-operatives London and STIR magazine we made two raised beds by the bus stop outside Glyndon Community Centre, as well as constructing a herb spiral for their entrance.
The Gaia Gallery : permaculture barge, 7th – 8th June 2014
We blitzed the Gaia Gallery permaculture barge with The Gaia Gallery , Cob in the Community, Palletfurniture.co.uk, and Bow River Farm . We cleared out the barge ready for its cob interior, made lots of straw cob, and dismantled pallets for the barge flooring.
Glengall Wharf Gardens, 4th May 2014 – International Permaculture Day
We created a rainwater harvesting system out of a recycled water tank with recycled wood for the roof at Glengall Wharf Garden. We also turned recycled boxes into water-retentive hugel containers
Meadway Garden 19th April 2014
At Meadway Gardens, in East London we built a herb spiral, put up a polytunnel, and made raised beds. Lunch was delicious fish that Richard had raised in his developing aquaponics system! Fantastic to be able to get that close to the reality of food…
Cecil Sharp House 15th March 2014
Cecil Sharp House, a grade II listed building, is the home of English folk music and dance and the venue for the annual London Permaculture Festival. We created crab apple tree guilds and planted various shrubs, flowers/herbs, ground cover as well as building a colourful herb and edible flower spiral and digging a pond.
Paula’s Peace Garden, 8th March 2014
At Paula’s Peace Garden, in south London, we created hugel mounds and a herb spiral with a pond.
Brixton Edge, 15th February 2014
The blitz at Brixton Edge, created three large hybrid raised bed/hugelkulturs. The People’s Kitchen provided a delicious lunch.
London College of Fashion, 11th February 2014
Where there was grass we created two beds ready to plant flax for Seeds of Fashion: Grow a Dress project by Zoe Burt.
The permablitz was part of Green Week at London College of Fashion.
Permablitzes in 2013
Cordwainer’s Community Garden, 7 December 2013
We gathered at Cordwainers Community Garden to begin establishing a forest garden by planting edible native hedging such as hazel and elder along the wall between the garden and the street. We also inoculated logs with mushroom spores which were then added to the new forest garden.
In addition, we prepared the garden for winter by adding woodchip to the pathways, clearing and mulching beds for winter as well as fixing up the bottom of the pallet shed and adding cladding.
Hainault Forest Peace Garden, 23 November 2013
The purpose of this permablitz was to create three accessible high raised beds out of recycled railway sleepers to allow people with movement difficulties to garden. The beds will also be used to demonstrate a vegetable crop rotation system for people who are new to gardening.
Roof garden, 28 September 2013
At this permablitz fifteen people transformed a roof balcony at a flat in south-east London from a bare, empty space into a wildlife-friendly, edible garden with fruit trees, fruiting shrubs, scented flowers, salads, vegetables, herbs and mushroom-inoculated logs. A water butt with a solar-powered pump was installed to harvest rainwater which will irrigate the garden through a drip-feed system. We also set up a bird feeder and made bug hotels: homes for insects to hibernate in over winter and where bees can breed in the summer.
Glengall Wharf Gardens, 8 September 2013
At the second permablitz, 30 people got together at Glengall Wharf community garden in south-east London to lay a ‘sheet’ or ‘lasagne’ mulch consisting of manure (from local stables), cardboard (from a warehouse next door), water, and woodchips (from a local tree surgeon). This will compost down to create a layer of soil that will be planted with edible plants in the spring. We also inoculated logs with chicken of the woods, oyster and shitake mushroom spores.
Russet Cafe, Hackney, 10 August 2013
The Russet Cafe in Hackney is a community cafe where the first permablitz took place. There were 17 people who came along to create a soil-improving, wildlife-friendly garden. We made a raised bed with willow weave edging, planted green manure, and built a large wooden salad planter (from recycled scaffolding boards).