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  • Green Architecture Day – How the built environment affects our health and well-being

    There has been much research and development into how our built environment impacts health and wellbeing. We know, anecdotally and through experience, the things that affect us positively are the designs that are sympathetic to nature. Be that including natural light, plants or wildlife, or being more collaborative, having open shared spaces; lending themselves to... [Read More]
  • The Brighton Permaculture Trust Plot in numbers

    The Brighton Permaculture Trust plot at Stanmer is a LAND (Learning And Network Demonstration) site and shows permaculture in action, working in the real world, with real world challenges. All the work to maintain and develop the site is done by volunteers. Visitors Between 150 to 300 volunteers attend the plot each year on the regular... [Read More]
  • Come and help us celebrate our achievements over the past year

    Please come along to Brighton Permaculture Trust’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will take place on Friday 23 November. At the start of the evening we are very lucky to be able to offer a tour of Brighton & Hove Food Partnership’s Community Kitchen in Community Base at 5.30pm. Brighton Permaculture Trust and Brighton & Hove Food... [Read More]
  • Future orchard planting with Brighton Permaculture Trust

    Craven Vale orchard plantingWe are delighted to announce that for the 5th year Infinity Foods will provide funding for us to support the creation of a further 2 or 3 school or community small orchards this winter. Brighton Permaculture Trust will shortly be deciding which schools and communities we will be supporting. The package of support includes trees (typically... [Read More]
  • Britain in Bloom award for Racehill Orchard

    Congratulations to everyone involved in Brighton Permaculture Trust’s Racehill Orchard for winning the highest level award possible in the RHS’s Britain in Bloom Awards 2018 in the ‘It’s your neighbourhood’ category. It was the first time the orchard has been entered, making the ‘Level 5 – Outstanding’ award even more impressive. The orchard was judged... [Read More]
  • Apples and pears needed

      Do you have, or know of any fruit we can save from going to waste? As part of our scrumping project we are making fresh fruit juices, vinegar and cider from local fruit. If you have spare apples and pears or know of a neighbour or friend who does, please bring them to us... [Read More]
  • The big pond project

    Brighton Permaculture Trust started looking after our plot at Stanmer Organics in 2006 and since the early days there has been the idea for  a pond planned into the design. However, it was only when Neil Smith left a donation to the plot in his will that we finally had the money to put the plan... [Read More]
  • Garden designing with rammed earth

    Rammed Earth Consulting CIC have been busy this summer working with garden designers. This years prize winning garden by Sarah Price at Chelsea Flower Show (above) had walls, raised beds, steps and furniture of rammed earth, some of which has already been re-used in another prize winning garden! This simple wall and raised bed (above)... [Read More]
  • Apple Days of Old – How Apples came to Sussex

    The Sussex apple story begins far from South East England, in the remote mountains of central Asia. All of today’s varieties of orchard apples (Malus Domestica) are now known to be direct descendants of the wild apples (Malus sieversii) that still grow in vast diversity in the natural forests of Southern Kazakhstan, the Tien Shan... [Read More]
  • The art of fruit tree propagation

    For at least 4,000 years people have been propagating the very best fruit varieties, selecting ones that taste good, crop well, are locally adapted, etc. The pip in an apple has been cross-pollinated with another type of apple. So if you plant an apple pip it won’t grow up to be like its parent, just... [Read More]
  • The Wonderland that is Racehill Orchard

    ‘A mass of colour blooms in the Orchard despite the total lack of rain. All the stripeys are enjoying the ragwort (that’s Cinnabar moth caterpillars) and the place is thriving. See the abundance of broad-leaf everlasting peas, large ox-eye daisies and field scabious in the different sections. What a wonderland it is.’ Kirsty Sloman, Racehill Community... [Read More]
  • Water and space heating from solar

    Those of you who have watched my YouTube channel will be familiar with the way I like to try things rather than listen to the armchair theorists. So, I have been experimenting again, spending a bit of cash, and learning things new to me. This idea however is not new and is startlingly obvious, but... [Read More]
  • Big new concessionary and volunteer discounts on courses

    New discounts announced thanks to the Neil Smith bursary fund.  The Neil Smith bursary fund has enabled us to: – halve the price of concessionary places on all our courses – and offer discounts to our volunteers on most of our courses The concessionary discounts are now active on our course pages and are available... [Read More]
  • Meet the Team – Ian Brown

    Ian Brown – Carpenter and Strawbale Builder Which permaculture principle do you have to remind yourself of the most?   Design from pattern to details – nature is amazing, the shapes the forms from nature have been inspiring and informing construction craft and design for centuries. As modern building methods and details evolve it is important we honour... [Read More]
  • Solar power and woodland management

    by Andy Reynolds I have been running our home for the last decade using wind and solar electricity. The experiences of building this system have been distilled into a book, now in its third edition. The new editions were necessary due to the changes in the technology and the availability of the components. I still... [Read More]
  • At the Plot – March

    Environmental activism disguised as music! It’s been a musical start to the year, behind the scenes at our Plot at Stanmer. At back end of January, we invited Unite the Beat along to one of our regular volunteer sessions. The team, made up of the dynamic musical couple, Emily and Malik, specialise in taking people... [Read More]
  • Meet the Team – Pippa Johns

    Which permaculture principle do you have to remind yourself of the most? Apply self regulation and accept feedback. I have just been ill for 3 months because I wasn’t responding to the feedback my body was giving me. Now I’m really trying to go slow and remember to rest. It’s a difficult thing for me... [Read More]
  • Tree planting in Coldean

    Lovely pictures from the recent tree- planting in Coldean. Well done every one what a great day! Here are some quotes, all from Coldean residents! ‘Looks amazing! Tim & Jack had a lovely time’- Emma ‘It was really interesting & now I feel really inspired. Thank you’ -Siobhan ‘I enjoyed it as everyone did, look... [Read More]
  • Jonny Anstead – Green Architecture Day Speaker

    Jonny Anstead Town Jonny began his career at Locum Consulting (later Colliers CRE), where he worked on regional tourism, regeneration and economic development strategies and city master planning projects. Joining Beyond Green in 2005, he was instrumental in the company’s transition from sustainability consultant to land developer and led the acquisition, funding and early stage planning phases... [Read More]
  • William Hardie – Green Architecture Day Speaker

    William Hardie Master Craftsman Studio Hardie, Amazing Sheds William Hardie is a passionate designer, maker, artist and craftsman renowned for his innovative problem-solving skills. He heads up a celebrated design company Studio Hardie, a team of committed designer makers that specialise in a diverse variety of unusual high profile projects in many disciplines including architecture,... [Read More]