Sarah first got involved with Brighton Permaculture Trust as a Permaculture plot co-ordinator after completing her Permmaculture design course with us in 2014. Passionate about all things food and environment she went on to work with Brighton and Hove Food Partnership before completing her MA in Environment Development and Policy. Now you can find her working at Sustain and using her comms skills to help people doing good things for the environment and for each other.
Name your permaculture hero? Why them?
Ellen Laver-Vincent of Woodthyme. I have never seen someone care for a woodland the way this woman does. Ellen manages Idston wood mostly by herself and makes the majority of her living from burning charcoal, a difficult feat. She never chops down trees, favouring what the ancient woodland drops, leaving plenty for the forest floor.
Which permaculture principle do you have to remind yourself of the most?
Small and slow solutions. I want change now! But living in a coop has definitely taught me you get the best results with incremental action.
Which permaculture principle is always popping up in unlikely places?
Use the edges and value the marginal. So many interesting and exciting things happen in the most unexpected of places.
Best example of permaculture in action?