Essential Reading from Permanent Publications Publishers of Permaculture Magazine
whose inspirational authors include:
Ben Law – the self-build woodsman who appeared on Channel 4’s Grand Designs Patrick Whitefield – the teacher seen on the BBC 2 TV series It’s Not Easy Being Green
THE WOODLAND HOUSE
This book is the story of how one man turned his dream into a reality
This house is pure permaculture design: a beautiful low impact structure, hand-built with locally resourced materials
Illustrated with nearly 100 colour photos, this is a stepby-step guide to how Ben Law built his home, hewn
from his own woodland. It covers all the basics, including why we love to self-build and gives details of the evolving design process, the identifying of materials, costings, project management and the actual building stages, from foundations and frames, through to interior features.
“Ben Law has proved that it’s possible to design and construct a truly environmentally friendly home. You couldn’t find a house that has a more intimate relationship with people and place.” From the Foreword by Kevin McCloud, presenter of Channel 4’s Grand Designs 96pp. 98 colour photos. HBK £14.95
THE EARTH CARE MANUAL
A Permaculture Handbook For Britain & Other Temperate Climates
The critically acclaimed and definitive Permaculture Design book
“You’ve probably never though of yourself as the ultimate ‘eco-warrior’, but this book will make you think again... essential reading.” Kitchen Garden
Written by Patrick Whitefield, one of world’s foremost teachers and practitioners of temperate permaculture, The Earth Care Manual gives a vision of a sustainable future and the practical steps we can take towards it, both large and small, urban and rural.
It contains an overview of permaculture and its approach and clearly shows how to apply permaculture to buildings, gardens, orchards, farms, woodland and biodiversity. 480pp. 250 photos, 145 line diagrams & numerous tables. HBK £39.95
Other classics available by Patrick Whitefield:
THE WOODLAND WAY A Permaculture Approach To Sustainable Woodland Management
Acknowledged as a standard text for woodland managers, students and everyone who loves trees and woodlands
This practical book by Ben Law features his innovative methods of sustainable woodland management which create a healthy, biodiverse environment, add value and give high yields. 256pp. 13 colour + 116 b&w photos. PBK £16.95
PERMACULTURE IN A NUTSHELL An accessible introduction to permaculture International bestseller clearly describing how we can practically live more sustainably fruitful lives. This is the perfect first step to take in engaging with permaculture. 96pp. 14 line drawings. PBK £4.95
HOW TO MAKE A FOREST GARDEN A step-by-step DIY guide to creating a beautiful food producing forest garden Practical, yet inspiring, giving you everything you need to know. 192pp. 10 col + 35 b&w photos, 65 dwgs. PBK £16.95
For a complete list of Permanent Publication titles please contact us
Available in the UK, Europe and Rest Of World from: Permanent Publications The Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hampshire GU32 1HR, UK Tel: 0845 458 4150 (local rate UK only) or +44 (0)1730 823 311 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.permaculture.co.uk
Available in North America and Canada from: Chelsea Green Publishing Company PO Box 428, White River Junction, VT 05001, USA Tel: +1 802 295 6300 Fax: +1 802 295 6444 Web: www.chelseagreen.com Contents
15 Product Review
31 Permaculture News
51 GEN News
65 Classified Exchange
68 Subscriptions & Renewals
FRONT COVER PHOTO Never Too Young To Start. Photo: © Efremova Irina Alexeevna / Shutterstock. Back Cover Photo Credit: © David Hughes / Shutterstock.
3 HARMONY IN THE CITY Liz Astle introduces us to an inner city project where people are happy and thriving.
8 DIY RAINWATER HARVESTING How to convert your downstairs toilet from mains water to a rainwater flushing system, by Klaus Muecher Erskine .
11 RAISED VEGETABLE GARDENING Part Two of Patrick Whitefield ’s article explaining how to design and make a very productive system for food growing.
17 ECO-RETROFITTING IN THE CITY Jenny Lunnon visits Dr Averil Stedeford’s award winning eco-renovated city house .
21 A PASSION FOR THE WILD How Marc Carlton transformed his garden into a beautiful haven for wildlife in the city.
24 HOW TO MAKE A HOUSE FOR SOLITARY BEES Marc Carlton shows you how to encourage useful pollinators into our gardens with this simple DIY project.
27 POST OIL & PERMACULTURE Author and visionary, Richard Heinberg , speaks to Rob Hopkins about permaculture’s role in creating a post fossil fuel society.
30 PERMACULTURE PEOPLE How author, Glennie Kindred , and her family have greened their lives.
37 CUTTING THE CARBS Rebecca Johns compares family life in town and country and makes a big move.
41 STONE AGE SCIENCE Dylan Keating explores the global implications of rock dust and explains why applying it in our gardens can transform our crops.
45 FIGHTING FUEL POVERTY WITH FAIRNESS An energy supplier with a conscience? Maddy Harland investigates.
47 PLANNING A WOODLAND Chris Smaje describes how he and his family planned and planted a small woodland in their out-of-town field .
49 A GREEN ROOF Inspired by an article by Maddy Harland in PM 37, Klaudia van Gool describes how she made a simple and inexpensive green roof.