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"Permaculture Design is the first system of conscious, functional, design in the world. That's its unique aspect - its functional design is sustainable."

Bill Mollison (1928- 2016)

Find out more in this short video from the originators

News, Reports, Articles, Reflections

The latest issue of our Journal "Northern Edge" is published here.  Full of updates, features and details of "What's on" at the Northern School.  Ask for notification of the next publication here.

Up and coming

Permaculture Design Course at Broadbottom Community Centre, Broadbottom, near Hyde starts on 23 September 2023Read more about the course

Permaculture Design Course at Todmorden Community Hub starts on 9 March 2024Read more about the course

Permaculture Design Course at Manchester Road Community Centre, Bury, North Manchester start on 27 April 2024Read more about the course



Ecological Gardening Essential Training Course - Book now, to attend the 6 modules full course in winter and spring 2023.

In the current programme, you can learn how to get started with edible polycultures, how to embed self-watering systems in the garden that work for you and your plants, how to select the ideal composting systems for your specific needs and site, how to structure your garden with permanent planting schemes using trees and other perennials, and how to incorporate and build wormeries in your garden. Find out more and book here

Ecological Gardening Essential Training Modules 

Book individual modules now. Winter and Spring 2023.

Art of Composting  11 February 2023 FULLY BOOKED

Self-watering Gardens  04 March 2023 FULLY BOOKED

Gardening with Trees and other Perennials 11 March 2023

Polycultures for Spring and Summer 01 April 2023

Vermicomposting 29 April 2023

Polycultures for Autumn and Winter 19 August 2023 

Home Medicine Workshops - Seasonal herbal medicine workshops with medical herbalist Edwina Hodkinson. Learn to stock your medicine cabinet with home made, health boosting medicines as the seasons turn. Places are limited so book early.

Spring Home Medicine 15 April 2023 FULLY BOOKED

Summer Home Medicine 17 June 2023 FULLY BOOKED

Autumn Home Medicine  23 September 2023 FULLY BOOKED

Winter Home Medicine  18 November 2023  1 PLACES LEFT

Gardening for Wildlife - FULLY BOOKED

A two day course to explore how to transform your garden into a safe haven for wildlife. One session in July and another in October, so you have the opportunity to work with the seasons to provide habitat for insects and small mammals. Read more

Ecological Gardens Design Course - Read More

Introduction to Permaculture Design Course online - Read more 

Permaculture Design Course Online - Dates for next year coming soon. 

Details of  other events will follow. e-mail us

Catch up / complete your design course

Many of our design courses are modular - see available days.

What the students say: graduates from a previous Design Course at Chorley talk about the course:

Graduates from our 2014 PDC course at Chorley talk about their projects and how the course has helped them


Video release "Agriculture vs Permaculture" from Jack Hill featuring interviews from the Northern School.

The oldest permaculture food forest in Britain  - from our friends Graham and Nancy at Coldstream in Scotland

Slideshow "Climate Change - don't panic",  Permaculture, Work and Energy by Angus Soutar, developed during the late summer convergences at IPC and NonStuff.

A Permaculture approach to Housing in 21st Century England - Angus Soutar presents to the Devolve seminar in Oxford, September 2013. Presentation and links

Carving up the concrete - take time out from a busy life to enjoy the excellent work fo John Gotting


Read more about the Northern School

More information on current courses and events here.

Link to old News page

We have Permaculture Design courses currently in planning at Bury  (for Manchester and East Lancs) at Broadbottom (East Manchester, South Manchester and Cheshire) and Todmorden (Central Pennines).  These courses are available to students taking a modular route. 


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