The first six rows show never-before published pictures of the permaculture convergence at Braziers around the new millennium. Some very iconic figures like Andy Langford, Mike Feingold, Chris & Looby Macnamara and a few others were all a part of that early stage in Britain when permaculture was getting its footing. Following that are a few pictures from Dial House in Essex which is now a permaculture centre but formerly an anachist base. At this teacher's meeting these are the sought of workshops one is expected to encounter at environmental gatherings. Next comes Hainault Forest Peace Garden in east London, probably one of the best permaculture volunteer centres in Britain which at the time had received substantial development funds. I tacked on a couple of photos from Ru Litherfords's OrganicLea which is now a thriving market garden. Along with Growing Communities are probably carrying the flag for permaculture in East London. Likewise in the north the Naturewise crew in the following pictures are here showing how to hedge-lay taught by Crispin the forrester from north London. Naturewise are quite spread out now but the hub of much of their activities was based at Crouch End and the Rachel MacMillan school nursery. Back out of London to Hill Holt woods where the Permaculture Association had a gathering in 2004. When I look back I remember lost opportunities to live and work on site learning the green woodworking skills from its training centre and sustainable woodlands in and around Nottingham. This was during its developmental phase in which it was beginning to lead the way into sustainable livelihoods for forestry work. Following that is the Permaculture Association AGM we had at their office in Leeds in 2004. Sharing the grounds with BTCV the potential for workshops and convergences was identified only later. As you can see this was more of an internal affair. To note here is Aranya's diploma accreditation for which I was witness to. Then we are back in London and there is a subtle transference of images here. Note the Spike project which was one of the best squat communities around. Unfotunately the site has now been flattened but in its hey day it provided free yoga, gardening and permaculture, live performances, accomodation for ecoactivists and comfort for asylum seekers, a printery; on reflection just a wonderful example of self-organisation. To end then, I go a bit more mainstream and show some images of the fantastic Tinker's Bubble in Norton sub Hamdon which I refer to in my books. See Forest Gardening - A Natural Critique also or buy my book The Carob Pod: An Anthropological Guide to Permaculture available at the market. To continue, there are some landscape images of the Schumacher college in Devon that provides much education on the spirituaity of the land. One can also find Michael Crawford's Agroforestry Research Trust within a stone's throw (following). Lastly there is Tony Wrench's Brthdaw Maw, Wales which recently won planning permission after years of protest.
There are many more places I have passed in my travels who blow their own horn, not least the Bishopswood Centre that provides high-quality education in green technologies, the Centre of Alternative Technologies (CAT), Coed Hills near Cardiff that started as an environmental arts centre making yurts and is now a thriving permaculture. Try also the Greenwood Centre in Telford, also New Barn where we held a permaculture convergence; all of these places are gathering sites for like-minded people and provide ready-made facilities for conferences, convergences, festivals and educational retreats.