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This is the beginning of the process, where observation is the main activity. There are two key aspects to the survey stage of a design - surveying the land, and interviewing the people.


You have collected the bulk of information you need, shown the client / group what you have found and received their comments. Now you are ready to analyse the data and see what it tells you.


Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms. It seeks to provide a sustainable and secure place for living things on this earth.


Implementing a design is crucial - and it requires planning too. A well organised workday, using a clear planting plan can achieve a lot and give people new skills.


"A stitch in time saves nine." There is no use planting 1,000 trees, only to see many of them die in the first couple of years. Good maintenance will ensure your project develops well, and your investments of time, money and energy bear fruit.


Evaluating your design work and its practical results will tell you how well you did, and how you can improve your practice.