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Permaculture Works Autumn 2016 – free downloads

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Permaculture Works Autumn 2016

Dear Reader,

We are emailing to share digital versions of the members’ newsletter. You should have received the paper copy through the post recently.

Download the PDF now to enjoy Autumn issue of Permaculture Works, your members newsletter.

You can also download this season’s free poster Permaculture design at home and in the garden, plus upcoming courses and events. Please share widely!

short courses @ apricot centre

permaculture flyer 16-17

edible garden series 16-17

Event Invitation: Beach Clean And Social BBQ‏

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Saturday July 9 at 12pm at Shoeburyness East Beach.

A Summer Social and Vegetarian and Vegan BBQ with a short beach clean before,

Bring food to add to the bbq
Children welcome
We need:
Two BBQ’s, one for vegetarian food one for vegan
Musicial insturments
Rugs to sit on

See the facebook page for further details.

The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is back for 2016‏

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The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is back for 2016!

We’re pleased to announce that the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is returning with £350,000 to distribute to community groups across the UK this summer.

It’s part of the continued commitment from M&S Energy to enable more communities in the UK to generate renewable energy and become environmentally and financially sustainable.

Over 136 projects entered in the competition last year, generating over 52,000 votes in a close-run campaign, resulting in 21 project winners from around Great Britain benefiting from our fund.

Ed Davey, the former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, joined River Cottage founder Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and a panel of experts to decide on the 5 additional judges’ discretion prizes.

There’s £12,500 up for grabs in each M&S region across Great Britain to use towards the installation of a renewable technology and generate energy for your community building.

Whether you’re a community energy group, a sports club or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment, we want to hear from you.

What do I need to do to apply?
Applications open online next week, and you have until 31st May 2016 to tell us all about your project to be in with a chance to win funding.
A tip to support your application preparation:

  1. Make sure Planning Permission or Permitted Development Rights has been approved prior to application
  2. You will need to submit cost quotes from your installer so have this document ready to upload

Find out more.

[SE Essex Organic Gardeners] SE Essex Organic Gardeners would love you to join…‏

SE Essex Organic Gardeners would love you to join them at their next meeting on Monday 16 May at Growing Together Westcliff at 8.00pm.

Nick Mole, PAN UK’s UK Policy Officer, will be talking about the pesticide-free towns and cities movement across the world and how communities are working to help pollinators in the face of government inaction. Nick is running their pesticide-free towns campaign and is on top of the subject
www.pan-uk.org/pesticide-free

Growing Together Westcliff is situated on the corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase. Please use the entrance in Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9AG.

Non-members £2.00 – you are most welcome!

Every year large amounts of toxic pesticides are used in the streets, parks, schools and open spaces of our towns and cities. But it doesn’t have to be this way ……….
PAN-UK.ORG
Visit the facebook page for additional information.

The Power of Conflict for Building Connection and Community

Date:

Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 1:00pm2:15pm
Registration:

To participate, register online and you will receive contact info via email.

Once you have registered you can explore these other call-in options.

Description: If you cannot work with conflict, then you probably cannot create a sustainable town. Conflict is one of the most essential sustainability skills, and will serve you in every walk of life. When you’re in conflict, do you want to fight, flee, or freeze? Do you ever wish there could be a better way? Something that uses conflict to strengthen relationships instead of damaging them?
Most of us were brought up to either ignore conflict, or go in swinging, determined to “win”. As we grew older we may have learned ways to suppress or avoid conflict, or even a few tricks for managing others when they’re upset, in order to reduce emotional intensity. But ignoring or “managing” conflict tends to cause it to go underground, boiling up in tense meetings or undermining team projects.
What if conflict were a secret ally? What if it’s a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us, and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together?
People are complex creatures. We think and act in different ways. We live under different levels of stress and oppression, and carry different wounding with different triggers. And we care more or less strongly about different things, have different degrees of self-awareness, and communicate in more ways than anyone can count.
Those of us working to build a more resilient world need to be able to work well with each other in our neighborhoods, nonprofits, Transition initiatives, families, and workplaces. We need to build bridges even when communication is breaking down or tension seems unbearable. We need to be able to use conflict — maybe even welcome it, for its power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake, and to unite people toward a common goal.
But how? What can we do to reduce the chances of conflict arising in the first place? And what does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way really look like?

Join three practitioners from the Fellowship for Intentional Community, Gaia Education, and the Rocky Mountain Institute as they relay tips, tools and resources on how to reduce painful conflict and instead use conflict creatively to build connection and community.

See the website for more information.

Permaculture Magazine – Update

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So about 4 weeks ago I was approached by Focal Point, one of the most prestigious art galleries in the South Essex region, and asked if I could build ‘an indoor permaculture garden’ as part of the installation of ‘The Peculiar People’, an upcoming exhibition on ‘Radical Essex’…. “Sure no problem”, says I, with fingers crossed behind my back and already working over-capacity with all the other projects and courses I’ve got on the go… So with plenty of blagging, scrounging, solutions thinking, googling, creative collaboration with Project 49 (a local hub for adults with learning disabilities where I work part time) and lots of co-operation and communication with the Focal Point tech team, we created a series of self-watering containers full of tomatos, squashes, chard, basil, peppers and other herbs in time for the grand opening night, which for the next 4 months will be on display to the public in the gallery window… Considering the time frame involved, minimal costs (for the plastic containers, soil and plants mostly) and the general air of ‘winging it’, I think it looks pretty cool, and it’s a bit of an honour to be displaying work alongside the likes of Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher of Crass, Colin Ward, Eduardo Paolozzi, Allen Sorrell, Orthona Community to name but a few! And if it inspires passers by and visitors to maybe start to grow a few of their own healthy veggies in their own gardens and balconies, that’s got to be a good thing too! I’m also thinking in terms of this being a bit of a prototype for something more planned and ambitious next year… Who’s for a pop-up allotment in the Forum square and a containerised orchard in Victoria Circus??? Maybe even Hundertwasser style vertical gardening up the sides of the Civic Centre???

.More information on the facebook page

Intro to Permaculture – Free OSU Permaculture Course | Open Oregon State | Online Educational Resources (OER)‏

Learn Permaculture Design for Free

Intro to Permaculture

Starts: May 2, 2016
Ends: May 30, 2016
Cost: Free

Visit the website for further information and to register your place today.

Permaculture design is a method of landscape planning that can be applied to anything, from a home garden or farm to a city block or entire village. This free permaculture course uses design principles from nature itself and takes into account such things as how indigenous people used the land; how water, fire and wind flow through the land; and how soil, water, vegetation, buildings and habitats can be managed in a stable and enduring way.

A multidisciplinary approach

Permaculture design is an ethically based, whole-systems design approach to create sustainable human settlements and institutions. Although rooted in horticulture and agriculture, permaculture design also touches on regional planning, ecology, animal husbandry, technology, architecture and international development.

Learning outcomes

In this free permaculture course, you will learn about the process, ethics and principles of permaculture design while diving into climate-specific design elements through interactive technology, videos, graphics, and readings. The course is designed to benefit everyone regardless of your learning style, time commitments or available technology.

Students who complete all course activities should expect to spend between two to four hours each week on course work.

Southend helps get Britain biking

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Thousands more children and adults across the country will saddle up and cycle thanks to a scheme spearheaded in Southend.

The Department for Transport specially picked the borough as one of just 18 places to pilot extended Bikeability training in schools after witnessing the success of its previous cycling programmes.

True to form, Southend’s Bikeability Plus pilot scheme proved a hit too. It went down so well that the Government is now allocating £5million to be spent on similar projects countrywide.

This aims to get 200,000 more children cycling.

Fresh from the productive pilot, Southend’s cycling team is also applying for grants from this new fund to carry on its good work.

Southend schools who would like to take advantage of this are invited to contact:collettekemp@southend.gov.uk or elaineswallow@southend.gov.uk

Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport, Councillor Martin Terry said: “Southend has an excellent track record in delivering cycling programmes which introduce people to the benefits of cycling and help them ride their bikes more confidently and safely.

“Before we were chosen for the Bikeability Plus pilot scheme, staff from the Department for Transport came along to find out what we were doing.

“One of the projects they saw was a joint enterprise with Sustrans – the sustainable transport organisation – to put cycling on the school curriculum.

“This included Cycle Safaris where pupils went on guided bike rides to nearby places of interest to learn more about their local history, nature and environment.

“Schools didn’t then need to hire coaches for these short distance educational journeys. At the same time, pupils and teachers experienced our off road routes and saw how quickly places could be reached by bike.

“While our Bikeability Plus modules are specifically aimed at children, we have similar schemes, run at cost price, for adults.

“Details of all our cycle training can be found at www.cyclesouthend.co.uk

Responses from pilot scheme participants include:

  • I’ve had some wonderful feedback from parents regarding last week.  Please pass onto the team.  They felt that their approach, encouragement and management enabled the children to all succeed. Well done, and thanks! Dan Ager, The Federation of Thorpe Greenways School
  • Bikeability Fix has been fantastic today! The instructors were amazing and put the information over in a way appropriate to the age of the pupils.  The children and staff alike were buzzing after the sessions!  Lea Carter, Richmond Primary School
  • The children were so excited to use the balance bikes and they all made really good progress.  Porters Grange Primary School

The following schools and organisations have taken part in the current pilot scheme:

BIKEABILITY FIX
Our Lady of Lourdes
Richmond Primary School
Darlinghurst Primary School
One Brownie Park and two Scout troops

BIKEABILITY BALANCE
Friars Primary School
Porters Grange Primary School
Earls Hall Primary School
The Federation of Thorpe Greenways Schools

BIKEABILITY LEARN TO RIDE
Earls Hall Primary School
The Federation of Thorpe Greenways Schools

 

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Hi we are the South East Essex local community group of the Womens Environmental Network, we meet monthly to discuss environmental and community issues.

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