Looking for a Plot

Started by Ray and Darren Marshall-Sewell. Last reply by Ray and Darren Marshall-Sewell Feb 7. 2 Replies

Good Evening All.We have been refused a local allotment is Wells (Wookey Hole).We are keen to find a plot somewhere that we can use to grow food etc. Happy for it to be a share etc.Can anyone help…Continue

Connect with your community

Started by Alive Feb 7, 2018. 0 Replies

Older people living in care are twice as likely to experience loneliness as those in the community.We are looking for friendly volunteers with an interest in helping others to gardening, to support…Continue

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Can You Help Combat Loneliness?

Started by Alive Nov 29, 2017. 0 Replies

Growing Support are looking for friendly volunteers with interests in gardening and supporting people, to help older people and people with dementia take part in gardening activities.  You will…Continue

Join our volunteers!

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We're looking for friendly volunteers to join our team working hard to enable people with dementia to stay physically and socially active.Join us and make a valuable contribution to your community,…Continue

South West Permaculture Convergence - this weekend!

Just a reminder that this Saturday 24 May is the South West Permaculture Convergence, a one day gathering for people from across the South West who are interested or already active in permaculture and applying design to their lives.

Taking place at Compton Dundon Village Hall near Street/Glastonbury. Its a massive bring your own lunch to share and participation by donation. (Ideally £10 to cover costs, but is sliding scale).

To book please visit:

Below is an overview of the workshops and activities taking place at the South West Permaculture Convergence this coming weekend:

Living Landscape Walk with Patrick Whitefield

Veteran local permaculture designer, Patrick Whitefield, will be leading a Living Landscape walk up the beautiful Dundon Beacon.

Permaculture Project Management with Gary Finch

Permaculture Diplomate from Dorset, Gary Finch will explore getting designs implemented in reality and how to more effectively manage your projects.

Patterns in Nature with Tess Wilmot and Ian Smith

Since the beginning, spiral patterns have described the evolution of stars and galaxies. From time out of mind, spirals have inspired and informed human art and expression. More recently, science has uncovered the wonders of spirals in natural systems, including our own DNA. Today, spirals help us to understand and respond to the dynamics of people and the projects that we design and deliver together.

Permaculture designer and teacher Tess Wilmot and social educator Ian Smith offer you a whistle-stop tour of their work around the prevalence and relevance of spirals in growing plants, people and projects.  If you want to get straight-to-the-point but with no straight lines, this is the session for you!

Permaculture, Social Justice & Community Organising

This workshop is a group skill share and discussion on how we can use permaculture for social justice and where design is placed in a context of wider radical social change. Facilitated by Tim Lawrence of Sims Hill Shared Harvest and the Walled Garden; an experienced community organiser and grower, permaculture practitioner & community organiser Nicole Vosper and Eleanor Fairbrother, a Community Development Worker in Patchway, Bristol, with previous experience as a lead grower on an organic farm for 3 years.

An Introduction to the Resilience Wheel

Moving towards a more resilient lifestyle involves so many interlocking factors that you can feel confused about the best way forward.

The Resilience Wheel brings all these elements together. This concept shows you what you can achieve easily, for example, and where you'll come up against limiting factors which are out of your control as an individual but can be overcome as a community.

Jane Walker, from C.R.E.W, will  be demonstrating how to use the Wheel to create your personal Resilience Plan.

Permaculture Research

Tom Henfrey of the Permaculture Association's Research Working Group will give an update on implementation of the  Association's research strategy, talk about how the design of the Transition Research Network draws on permaculture principles, and facilitate a discussion to help set future priorities for permaculture and Transition research.

Crisis Permaculture and Resilience

This workshop looks at mapping from a naturalist vantage point and building confidence in living directly from nature through in-depth study of the natural environment, as well as how we can use this insight to implement a model of permaculture solutions in Food, Water, Shelter and Energy can save lives and prevent disasters. With Louise Brookes of Earth Frogs.

5 Ways to Wellbeing

5 Ways to Wellbeing is an interactive people care workshop led by Marion Fanning, looking at a set of evidence-based messages aimed at improving the health & well-being of the whole population.

Permaculture in the South West

A participatory session working through a discovering, dreaming, designing and delivering design process exploring ‘What next?’ for the room full of inspiring people. Looking at a potential practical vision for mutual support and local help.

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