Permaculture Southampton

Permaculture Southampton is hosted at Aldermoor Community Farm on the 3rd Saturday of the month.


Please note – we have postponed our July and August meetings as significant numbers of people are away.


Topics for 2017-2018

08 April Permaculture Ethics
20 May 1. Observe and interact
17 June 2. Catch and store energy
15 July (informal learning through volunteering)
19 August (informal learning through volunteering)
16 September 3. Obtain a yield
21 October 4. Apply self-regulation & accept feedback
18 November 5. Use & value renewable resources and services
16 December 6. Produce no waste
21 January 7. Design from patterns to details
17 February 8. Integrate rather than segregate
17 March 9. Use small & slow solutions
21 April 10. Use & value diversity
19 May 11. Use edges & value the marginal
16 June 12. Creatively use & respond to change


Why Permaculture? Permaculture is a phrase created in the 1970s to describe ways of managing the land to produce food in a sustainable or permanent way (permanent agriculture). The big idea was to consciously design better ways of working with nature, rather than against it. Over the last 30 years the principles used by permaculture designers have been developed into a framework that is useful in areas beyond producing food. These principles can help us organize our households and communities in more sustainable ways.


  • [optional] 1000 come and do some work on the farm to immerse yourself in what we have been learning about permaculture.
  • [optional] 1230 Bring-and-Share Lunch
  • Permaculture - Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability1330 Permaculture Principle: Each month we consider a new chapter of David Holmgren’s book, Permaculture – Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. Then we discuss how the principle applies to us here in Southampton. The book is in stock at October Books for £17.95 which includes a £2 discount. There is also a free summary available from David’s website.
  • 1500 Open Spaces: a time to focus on topics suggested by the people who are at the meeting. Group members convene a conversations by posing a good question. Other members interested in that conversation turn up and join in. More about open spaces technology…
  • 1630 Finish (farm closes at 1700).

There will be no charge to be part of the group or attend the meetings.

Purpose of the group

  • To study the principles of permaculture in order to apply them to our lives and communities here in Southampton.
  • This is a group thing – we seek to nurture a community of people sharing resources as we apply permaculture principles to our lives and communities.
    Resources include knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and materials like plants, seeds, books, and tools.
  • To make permaculture accessible to people locally and at no cost.

Name of the group: “Permaculture Southampton”

This naming convention was suggested by Bill Mollinson (one of the co-originators of permaculture). He said to align with your democratic boundaries to make it straightforward to work with your local government.


The group is supported by Aldermoor Community Farm and the teaching is led by Richard Pitt from Aldermoor Community Farm. Group members who are interested to do so meet up between sessions to review how it went and look forward to next time.

We have an email mailing list for keeping in touch.