LAND based designs in the UK and Europe.
Gravity fed irrigation.
Ethical business models.
Transitioned from 'old' system diploma to accredit under the new system.
Working on an 'integration' design following relocation to France.
Interested in the application of Permaculture ethics and principles across all areas of life.
I feel I may have something to offer apprentices transitioning from the previous diploma system to accredit under the new system, as I have had this experience myself.
Experience of 'downshifting', designing for major lifestyle change and also moving abroad.
Horticultural experience includes working as a Lecturer in a land based college, a retail nursery and running my own ethical garden design and maintenance business.
In January 2016, my partner and I completed the purchase of a small farm in the Charente department of France and I am currently working on designs for the buildings, the land and also for social integration.
I am also currently working on my website and will add a link once launched.
I am actively seeking new apprentices, initially for tutorials over Skype or in person at diploma gatherings in the UK.
I am able to support independent route apprentices from IPA onwards.
I hope to be able to offer face to face tutorials/experience at our place in France in the future.
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My interest in Permaculture began to develop in the late 1980s. Greatly influenced by my Gran, I began to dream of a small scale self-sufficient lifestyle.
In 2003, redundancy provided an opportunity to seize the moment. I relocated to North Yorkshire and embarked on a new career in Horticulture, working in a retail nursery whilst studying and developing new skills. I began to specialise in organic techniques and edible gardens.
I joined a Permaculture Design Course in Leeds in 2006/2007 and was further inspired to live the dream, working on my first livelihood project, ‘Envy Home & Garden.’
Following some research into Permaculture internationally, I later headed for Central Portugal in search of a peaceful, self-sufficient life in the hills. I spent a year renovating a vineyard and olive grove, developing a gravity-fed irrigation system, creating some low-impact shelter and planning an eco-tourism business.
Unfortunately attempts to buy the little farm fell through and I returned to the UK in 2009, much richer in experience.
Since then, I have continued in the UK as a Permaculture Practitioner and Designer with an aim of taking Permaculture to the main stream, expanding the ‘edge.’
I have gained a PTLLS qualification and worked as a Lecturer. This has included teaching of organic gardening techniques, and introductory level Permaculture.
I have completed a range of land based designs and developments in the UK, Portugal and Italy. I also have experience of applying permaculture ethics, principles and techniques to non-land based designs, including ethical business models.
My diploma work was accredited in 2013 and I am now embarking on my tutor pathway.
My website is currently under development and should be published in the near future.