Permaculture Southampton

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


There will be no charge to be part of the group or attend the meetings, although we do ask for £1 towards the cost of refreshments.


 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 Sustainability1330-1700 Permaculture Principle: We are working through the 12 principles of permaculture as defined by David Holmgren. The hosts of the group will introduce you to the topic and help us as a group consider how the principle applies to us here in Southampton.

After the session you may want to dig deeper by reading the relevant chapter of David Holmgren’s book, Permaculture – Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. 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.

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. The process and activities for each session are designed with the help of Richard Parker from The Active Arts Community. Richard and Richard host the sessions.

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