Permaculture Magazine – Inspiration for Sustainable Living

Evelyn had an article about teaching published in the September issue :

Permaculture Magazine – Inspiration for Sustainable Living | Permaculture Magazine.


Comparisons #1: Chickens and children

Comparisons #1

Our state school system versus battery hens


chickens children
compulsory compulsory
caged classroom
artificial light artificial light
enforced production enforced workload
large groups large groups
limited choice of companions limited choice of companions
single-age groups single-age groups
limited choice of activity limited choice of activity
noisy noisy
superficial relationships superficial relationships
processed food processed food
Introduction of the European Union Council Directive 1999/74/EC[3] which, due to welfare concerns, effectively banned conventional battery cages in the EU from January 2012, means the number of eggs from battery cages in the EU states is rapidly decreasing.


In the United Kingdom compulsory education begins between four and a half and five and a half; since 1972 it has ended at the age of 16. But from 2013 compulsory education, be it traditional classroom education or training is planned to be raised to the age of 17, and from 2015 to the age of 18.





Dip Perm Des

Justin has completed his Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design, and is now the 112th Dip Perm Des in Great Britain. Many congratulations to Justin,  and thanks to all who helped, especially Angus Soutar and friends at Middlewood Trust.



Celebrations this month include:

a special family birthday

our wedding anniversary

Bonfire Night


Remembrance Sunday



Bonfire night

Nearly time to start building our bonfire. Lasr year we had a bit of a problem – built a huge stack, but then it rained – a lot – and by the 5th of Nov, we couldn’t get to it, let alone light it. Better luck this year, perhaps.


Christmas Orbals

ORBALS, the ultimate ‘green’ decoration.


Hand-made from recycled Christmas cards.

Available to order – contact us via

Learn about orbals – and more -in our Christmas workshops.

2012 dates tba, but sign up now – places limited!