A LOCAL educational charity is offering to help people live sustainably with a introductory weekend course on permaculture.
Island residents are being invited to join The Permaculture Association at the site of the Native Oak Group, near Jurby.
Permaculture is a design system that helps individuals, families and communities make the best of available local and global resources.
This ‘taster’ will provide an opportunity to actively learn about the principles and see examples of designs being implemented by groups and projects on the Island. Run by members of the local group who have been practising permaculture collectively over many years, this is a down to earth introduction that will look at the real challenges, pitfalls and delights of living more simply. These will include examples of renewable energy schemes, organic growing, compost loos, a reed bed system and much more. Inspiration from the wider global permaculture movement will also be provided.
Castletown resident, Ron Bevitt, a member of the local Permaculture Association, said: ‘Whenever we do anything of a self-reliant nature – growing food, fixing a broken appliance, maintaining our health, we are making a very powerful – and effective use of permaculture principles. Whenever we purchase from small, local businesses or contribute to local community and environmental issues, we are also applying these principles.’
Starting on the evening of Friday, July 8, running until the evening of Sunday, July 10, the course will cost £95 (including food).