Working Groups

Working groups and regional networks help the Permaculture Association and wider network take forward important initiatives. Working groups are open to members and by invitation to other people that want to help. The working groups are supported by staff members and driven forward by members with some brilliant results! It is with the support of so many brilliant volunteers that we manage to get so much done - do consider joining and getting involved.

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Education Working Group

The Permaculture Association is an education charity, so this group works on a wide range of really important matters such as teacher certification, new courses and curriculum development, online learning and support for educators. Educator members are encouraged to get involved and help drive forward the areas of work of greatest importance to local teachers.  Find out more about how to get involved>

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Diploma Working Group

This group has a very sophisticated remit and has helped to shape the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design for many years. Made up of tutors, staff members and apprentices. Senior tutors have a specific sub-group to consider training needs and assessment criteria but this is only open to tutors that have reached that level of competency. If you are a Diploma Apprentice or tutor, you can find out more about how to get involved.

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For members living in Scotland. Organise a permaculture gathering, the Scottish side of the LAND & Projects Network responds to Scottish Government policy consultations and much more. 

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Paramaethu Cymru / Wales

For members living in Wales. Mostly support regional networks and run an annual gathering, with some policy consultations and an important focus on creating Welsh language materials. Find out more about current work, the newsletter and how to get involved!

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Land & Projects Network

This network supports over a hundred projects across the UK (see them here), with many hundreds of budding project leaders not yet on the map. This group meets regularly via masterclasses and a monthly open session, where members can raise challenges, share opportunities and support each other.

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New Working Groups

In the past, we have supported members to run a Farmers and Growers group, an International development group, Seed Swap, and a Permaculture Exchange alternative currency group. If you have energy for an area and think other members would be interested too, please do contact the team to discuss.


The Board of Trustees manage four sub-committees that report directly to the Board and are led by Board members. Each has agreed terms of reference.

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Justice Equity, Diversity Accessibility Inclusion (JEDAI)

This committee is responsible for engaging with different stakeholder groups to understand barriers facing different groups in permaculture and the Permaculture Association. With this understanding, we can then help to reduce those barriers and ensure that permaculture is truly welcoming, diverse and inclusive.

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Approval of Member Projects and Proposals (AMPPs)

This committee is responsible for approving applications from members wishing to work closely with the Permaculture Association and secure funds towards that work. For example, it has enabled ongoing work with the Himalayan Permaculture Centre in Nepal and the Landworkers Alliance in the UK.

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Business Planning

This committee is responsible for overseeing the plans and strategies that staff development to ensure our charitable trading is successful and that there is a robust planning process in place with appropriate Board scrutiny.

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Finance Audit Risk Committee (FAR)

This committee is responsible for reviewing quarterly management reports and the annual accounts and making any recommendations to the Board. It can approve certain levels of expenditure and ensures that we have a good strategy in place for managing risk.

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Nominations Committee (Noms)

This committee is responsible for identifying the skills needed within the Board, inviting applications from the membership to join the Board and ensuring that everyone has a good induction and suitable training so that they can contribute.