Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 April 2024
This two-day course runs from 9.30am to 5pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.
This course explores how permaculture design can be used to create beautiful, productive and wildlife-friendly gardens.
What will the Practical permaculture gardening course cover?
This course will be taught almost entirely through practicals and a tour, with an opportunity to work on your own designs at the end of the weekend. The course will be entirely outside.
By the end of the course you will have the skills to carry out a Permaculture Design for your plot and to start a garden from scratch without digging. Other topics we will cover include annual and perennial food crops, encouraging beneficial wildlife, composting, pest-control without chemicals, rainwater harvesting and maintaining soil fertility.
NB: This course is not certificated, but will give the participant a much deeper understanding of using permaculture principles in creating healthy, low maintenance gardens.
Who is the course for?
This course is open to anyone aged 16 or over who is interested in applying Permaculture ideas in their home garden, community garden or allotment. It is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience who wish to increase the sustainability and productiveness of their plots. You may have some prior knowledge about, or qualifications in, Permaculture but this is not a necessity as we will cover some basic theory.
This hands on course will be taught entirely outdoors.
Please note that, unfortunately, this course is not suitable for wheelchair users.
Learning methods and outcomes
In this course we will be introducing the concepts of permaculture design, with a specific focus on growing an edible garden with polycultures of annuals and perennials. We will cover beneficial growing relationships, pest control, mulching and no dig systems and how to best place your plants for maximum yields. We will spend a large part of the weekend out on our forest garden at Stanmer Park, applying our learning.
Fran Pickering is an experienced permaculture teacher who has worked on our site for over 12 years, so has an in-depth knowledge of our land, with years of experience and experiment.
Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex)
South East England
Get directions to Stanmer Park.
If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place. Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.
Fees include tuition, refreshments, handouts and information sheets.
- £247.50 – Sponsored/organisation rate
- £247.50 – Individual income more than 25k/yr
- £200 – Individual income 18-25k/yr
- £152.50 – Individual income less than 18k/yr
- £84 – Individual, concessionary rate (check your eligibility)*
* Concessionary places are limited. If places are not available check back two weeks before the course/event as more may be available then.
We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.
See the cancellations and refunds policy.
Booking the Practical permaculture gardening course
Booking is essential, as most of our courses/events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course/event. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.
If you have completed the booking process but you haven’t received a confirmation email from us please contact us to check your booking has gone through.
If you are booking within two weeks of the event, or the event is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay by cheque or BACS. Instead, you will need to pay immediately using a credit/debit card or PayPal.
"Learned a lot of new skills, very informative and pitched the level well."
Nick and Steph
"I really valued Fran's open teaching style which made room for the interest and excitement of participants. I didn't feel held to a strict structure and there was plenty of room to diverge and discuss items of interest."
"I really liked that it was all taught on the permaculture plot itself. It was great to be learning things outside and seeing the principles in action on the plot. I think the balance of learning about the principles of permaculture through listening and via practical work was about right."