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Editorials

Editorial: March 2010

A Permaculture Journey

As we approach the end of the financial year, we, as a PAVO supported project under the PEP Small grants Scheme, come to the evaluation of what Mid Wales Permaculture Network has achieved since its formation – only in July 2009. It seems amazing that we have only been in existence for such a short time, supported by PAVO since mid August.  Writing the report was so encouraging that I will share it with you so you can get an idea of the scope of activity.

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Editorial : February 2010

For 'wassail' read 'requiem'

There was a suggestion locally that we celebrate old Twelfth Night, on January 17, with a wassailing party to serenade our apple trees. Bad weather stopped play however, but that's not all . . .

After the big freeze and the big snow we are all counting the cost in the garden. The rabbits have obviously been desperate - all remaining exposed green vegetables have gone right down to the stalks. Even the Green Wave mustard, which they previously ignored, has suffered a similar fate.  The worst damage however, has been to the newly planted apple trees we put in last spring.  These were all fitted with spiral rabbit guards, but the snow was so deep, we did not venture up the slope to the embryonic forest garden areas for several weeks. Disaster! The deep snow had enabled the rabbit population of the Wye Valley to climb higher up the young trunks and strip the bark all the way round for up to a foot above the guards.

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Editorial - January 2010

A new forest garden model for temperate climates?

This month the guest writers’ section carries a question and answer session with Mark Briggs (Permaculture in Context), a student from St Andrew’s University, who came up with some very pertinent questions as part of the research foe his dissertation. Soon after our contact I had yet another request for input from another graduate student who wanted some ideas for lines of enquiry.

This is very promising. It means that Permaculture is spreading and being taken seriously by the scientific and

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Editorial - December 2009

Forest Gardening – the adventure begins

I am often asked what Permaculture courses are like.  As I and my husband recently enrolled on a specialist course to learn more about Forest Gardening, I thought it might help to answer that question if I share our experiences of the learning process, and how we put the skills into practice in our own garden.

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Editorial: November 2009

Adventure in the Forest

The adventure begins on November 7 at 9am, in deepest Hertfordshire, on an organic farm designed with recommendations from Patrick Whitefield (“How to Make a Forest Garden”).  We will begin the first of six day-long workshops with Claire White - artist, horticulturist and Permaculture designer

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