Transition Sunderland

Permaculture Ambassadors

October 2017 the Permaculture Association made it known that they wish to support members to hold local events with the following aims:

  • People meet and network, share knowledge and good practice of practical solutions and permaculture thinking/design.
  • More people are engaged with the Permaculture Association and are working towards local ‘hives’ of Ambassadors, who support and train one another in order to share permaculture.
  • Powerful stories are shared about: your own work and projects, about your gathering, and your work towards creating a hive.

The Permaculture Ambassadors project is supported by grant funding from Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, as part of the Sustainable Future fund.

Inspired by this, Transition Sunderland completed the application and were pleasantly surprised to be accepted.

The Events are free, all that is required is that you turn up.

Details of event 1 (pdf). Saturday 2nd December 2017 between 10 o clock and 12 o clock.
An open day at our garden – Hendon Natural Community Garden – which any permaculture member or indeed anyone interested is invited to attend. We will give an introduction to the garden explaining what we are trying to do. Following this, will be short talks and practical demonstrations of a number aspects of sustainable gardening including:

  • Hot & cold composting techniques.
  • Pruning an apple tree.
  • Planting an apple tree.
  • No dig principles and preparation of bed.

Details of event 2 (pdf). Saturday 2nd December 2017 between 1 o clock and 3 o clock.
This second event is inspired by the Woodland Trust’s Tree Charter. We are hosting a Tree Dressing event at Backhouse Park, about 15 mins walk from the garden. This Tree Dressing will have a permaculture flavour, three trees will be given headings of the 3 Ethics of permaculture, Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share, the text of each Ethic will be displayed on each tree. Participants will be invited to ‘decorate’ the trunks of the trees in a number of ways including pictures or words.

For those who wish to see the Ethics they are provided below.

Earth Care
Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply.
Permaculture works with natural systems, rather than in competition with them. It uses methods that have minimal negative impact on the Earth’s natural environment. In everyday life, this may involve buying local produce, eating in season, and cycling rather than driving. Its about choices we make, and how we manage the land. Its about opposing the destruction of wild habitats, and the poisoning of soil, water and atmosphere, and its about designing and creating healthy systems that meet our needs without damaging the planet.

People Care
Provision for people to access those resources necessary to their existence.
As a part of this planet, you matter! This is about ensuring the wellbeing of both individuals and communities. As individuals, we need to look after ourselves and each other so that as a community we can develop environmentally friendly lifestyles. In the poorest parts of the world, this is still about helping people to access enough food and clean water, within a safe society. In the rich world, it means redesigning our unsustainable systems and replacing them with sustainable ones. This could mean working together to provide efficient, accessible public transport, or to provide after-school clubs for kids. When people come together, friendships are formed and sustainability becomes possible.

Fair Share
By governing our own needs, living within limits and consciously co-creating, we can create surplus resources to further the other two principles of Care for the Earth and Care for People.
Living within limits is not about limiting people’s free movement, tight border controls and a one child policy. It is about conscious efforts to achieve a stable human inhabitation of the Earth, and respecting the genuine needs of other beings. Key social strategies include: access to family planning; helping people to meet their basic needs of clean water, adequate food, shelter, warmth and basic healthcare and education, including equal rights to education for girls.
The third ethic recognises that:

a) The Earth’s resources are limited, and
b) These resources need to be shared by many beings.

Permaculture seeks to create and distribute life-giving resources fairly amongst people, animals and plants alike, not forgetting future generations who depend upon our conscious stewardship of the natural systems of the earth, which provide food, water and shelter.

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