Living in place

21st century life can require us to move home often, not just around the corner but sometimes around the globe. Today, few people live in the place where they grew up. Moreover, our education system gives us few tools for understanding landscape, be it urban or rural. Permaculture calls us to make a deeper connection with the physical places in which we live.

A range of techniques can be used to help us deepen our roots and connect with the landscape we inhabit. These techniques are also a crucial element for designing effective systems that form a seamless part of the landscape in which they are set.

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An ecoregion is a large area of land that shares similar climatic and environmental characteristics.

Parish maps

A parish map is made by a local community to capture the things that matter to them in their local area.

Reading the landscape

Learning to ‘read’ and understand the landscape is both an important part of permaculture design and a fascinating pastime.

Spirit of place

Spirit of place describes the unique aspects of a place.