Permaculture is about creating sustainable human habitats by following nature's patterns.
Some of the best places to see permaculture for real are the 60 excellent demonstration projects that are part of the LAND Network.
LAND stands for Learning And Network Demonstration.
Over the last four years the LAND Network has grown into a vibrant network of permaculture sites including suburban gardens, smallholdings, rural farms, city farms, forest gardens, and amazing allotments. They are all set up to show permaculture in practice to visitors and volunteers in a safe, accessible and inspiring way.
So far over 30,000 people have visited the LAND Centres in England to learn more about what permaculture means and how we can live lightly on the earth whilst caring for humanity in a fair way. The network is expanding further, with national networks emerging in Wales (“Tir Dysgu”) and ScotLAND.
Have a look at the ever-evolving map to find centres to visit – you can read a centre description. If not, you can still make contact directly; LAND centres all welcome visitors – some for free; some for a small charge.
Join the network
If you are involved with a land-based permaculture project, you might want to take a look at the benefits of being involved in the LAND Network and the opportunities it can create. To be part of the network, either you or your project will also need to join to be a member of the Permaculture Association. This will give you many member benefits including: access to our popular website to promote your projects, events and courses; will ensure that you receive our quarterly newsletter “Permaculture Works”; will give you discounted access to a range of events; and will enable you to buy cheaper books, cycle insurance, and distance learning. More information about how to become a Permaculture Association member is available here.
Once you are a Permaculture Association member, there are two ways in which your project can become involved in the LAND network: either as a LAND Centre or as a LAND Learner.
LAND Learners are projects which are in the process of developing both their permaculture designs and their ways of demonstrating permaculture to visitors and volunteers. They are supported by LAND Tutors in working towards becoming a LAND Centre and fulfilling the LAND criteria. The benefits of being a LAND Learner include:
- access to high quality, reasonably priced, regional design support in person, over the phone and via email
- a profile of your project on the map on this website
- access to the support network of LAND Centres and Learners, who have regular enjoyable skill-sharing and training events
More information and details of how to apply to the supported process of being a LAND Learner in England and Scotland are on the LAND Learners page.
NB: The network in Wales (Tir Dysgu) is due to be launched in the Spring of 2014.
LAND Centres are established permaculture sites which are used to show, explain and describe to visitors, volunteers and the public how they use permaculture design principles and ethics. Centres are beacons of permaculture practice, providing places where people can see, hear, smell, taste and touch what permaculture is like. The benefits of being a LAND Centre include:
- public confirmation that you are an excellent demonstration of permaculture in practice
- use of the LAND Centre logo, brand, signage and "Permaculture Posters"
- extensive publicity from the Permaculture Association's well-used website, popular newsletter, e-bulletin and staff
- the opportunity to welcome more people to your events and activities
- access to potential long-term volunteers (eg. WWOOFers)
- membership of a peer-network that shares learning and skills
- the opportunity to apply to run Open College Network accredited courses
- inclusion in the new permaculture visit scheme, through which you are paid to show groups round your site
- the option to join the 'Farm LAND' working group of commercial / farm-scale LAND Centres
More information and details of how to apply to be a LAND Centre are available on the LAND Centre Application page.
The Network is made up of projects who want to help other LAND Centres and Learners. Once you become a LAND Learner you are part of that peer-support network. To help the Network flourish, the Permaculture Association employs a Network Coordinator, Alan Thornton. If you have any questions, you can email him via the contact page on this website, call him on 0845 4581805 or find him on facebook.com/permacultureassociation.
This is the updated guidance published in August 2013 and supersedes previous versions.
The rapid development of the Network in England has been made possible because of the financial support from the Local Food Fund.
The LAND Network design is shared under the Creative Commons Share Alike licence.