Chris Evans

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My phone number

01584 831195
About me

Chris lives at Applewood Permaculture Centre with his partner Looby and children Shanti and Teya. He has taught permaculture in the UK, Europe, Nepal, India, U.S.A. and Mexico. He is also a UK senior tutor for apprentices working towards their diploma in applied permaculture design with the Permaculture Association Britain.

He has lived and worked in Nepal since 1985, starting his career as a VSO volunteer in a community forestry programme in Nepal after graduating in Forestry in the UK. Based in the remote western district of Jajarkot, he quickly realised the shortfalls of international development and so in 1988, when he came across the concept of Permaculture, he embarked on an ambitious alternative. Starting with a local friend, £500 and an acre of degraded farmland in the district centre of Jajarkot he founded a demonstration and training centre which grew organically into the Jajarkot Permaculture Programme (JPP), a diverse array of projects spanning 4 districts, 65 villages, 8 resource centres (working farms), 120 staff and volunteers, and a membership of 12,000 farmers which successfully spread new ideas in line with existing cultural traditions.

He stayed with the JPP until 2001 when he started to work with community groups which were spawned from the original programme. In 2001 he co-wrote and published the Farmers' Handbook in Nepali, a compendium of over 40 farmer-friendly techniques and approaches based on best practice learned in Nepal, but applicable globally. He directed the Nepal programmes for a UK charity from 2002 to 2008, working in the districts of Surkhet and Humla, one of the remotest and most challenging areas of the country. He currently works with a 3rd generation progeny of the JPP, the Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC).

His experience and passion have been designing, setting up and managing resource centres that are working demonstrations of applied permaculture as well as training venues, and hopes to develop Applewood in a similar pattern, making its resources available to as wide a group as possible.


Diploma Tutor Experience

Nepal – design and establishment of over 15 demonstration and education centres in 4 districts; design of Community development projects – needs analysis, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting

UK – own garden in S.Wales and Herefordshire; inputs into design of demonstration & education centres: Keveral Farm; Coed Marros; National Botanic Garden of Wales; Karuna
- as of July 2016 started design process at new smallholding, Applewood Permaculture Demonstration & Training Centre in North Herefordshire

Teaching - design & delivery of various permaculture-related courses, generic & bespoke, e.g. PDC, Trainers' Training, PC Intro, PC Gardening, Forest Gardening.

Diploma Tutor Skills

Community development, design of demonstration & educational centres, skills training (horticulture); land-based design, International (2/3rds World); Course Design (including Full Design/Intro Course); Forest Gardening; Teacher Training; design consultancy

Educator experience

International Development (Nepal since 1985, India, Mexico, Palestine)

Trainer: skills' courses; PDC; ToT

LAND and iLAND site accreditation


Educator skills

Design of and Setting up Demonstration/Training Centres

Forest Gardening

General horticulture esp. orchards

Regenerative Agriculture

International development

Educator qualifications

BSc Forestry

Dip. Perm. Des.