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  • Event date: 15/01/2021 at 12:45 pm
  • Event end: 12/02/2021 at 5:45 pm

The course will be run through ZOOM on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, for the four weeks – last two weeks in January and first two weeks in February – usually from 12:30 to 17:45 (GMT) – with an optional “social online” each Wednesday at a time to be agreed with participants.

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Struggling to make sense of what is happening?
Concerned about climate change?
Keen to make yourself and your family more resilient?

How about taking a look at permaculture through this 72 hour (UK) certificated course which will be taught online interactively, with three lead facilitators and other guest speakers?

Graham Bell one of the longest standing Permaculture teachers in the UK will be leading the course and issuing a UK PDC certificate at the end. He will be assisted by Mark Shipperlee and Caspar Lampkin (the three have taught together both online and courses in various parts of Scotland).

The course will have a mix of taught sessions, discussions and group work online, and some work in your own time, to make up a minimum of 72 hours (required for certification).

Please email to book a place and confirm how you would like to pay — bank transfer, cheque, etc.

There is a maximum of 24 places available, and there are various rates, based on what you can afford.

The premium rate for the course is £600 for those that can afford to pay it – this allows us to subsidise some of the places for others and offer bursaries from time to time.
The standard rate for the course is £450 – this is rate recommended for anyone with a household income of over £14,000 per year.

The subsidised rate for the course is £250, for those who are unwaged, unemployed, or on a low income (under £14,000 per year).

We also have four bursaries of £100 each, that will be provided upon application, to four individuals for whom the above prices are still unaffordable.


Mark has a background in countryside management and in particular: woodlands and forestry. His current work includes coppice management, felling and milling, and production of biochar and charcoal. He grows the majority of his food needs on his own small-holding which is a registered LAND Centre on Hadrian’s Wall, and is actively involved with a non -profit business helping to establish and promote more apple growing in the north east of England. Having undertaken his own PDC in 2012, he has since assisted on a range of Permaculture Design Certificate courses with different teachers in various locations. He is now developing his own PDC, to complement the work undertaken on his smallholding.

I discovered Permaculture just over a decade ago and have been designing and implementing systems from my home at Tangleha, South Aberdeenshire, Scotland ever since. My home is now an approved centre for the Permaculture Association’s ScotLAND project and (until the current pandemic) regularly hosts workshops, courses and events including apple grafting, pruning, sourdough, building with local resources, kombucha and of course permaculture design. I have recently acquired a hectare of the neighbouring land and am working towards the creation of an edible forest garden with large ponds and a public path. I have been co-teaching various PDC’s around Europe and have worked with a number of different teachers.

And then there’s me. The longest standing teacher of Permaculture in the UK. Owner with my wife Nancy of the longest established intentional food forest garden in the UK. Author of The Permaculture Way and The Permaculture Garden. Taught on five continents across thirty years… We might have a thing or two to share. But mostly we want you to empower yourselves to take responsibility for your lives and help others to do the same. Together we are strong.



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