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! Permaculture-ish projects to visit in UK

 
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Now I am researching the possibility of doing a bicycle tour, I want to know too which places to visit in England. I know of two towns that seem interesting to me: Todmorden ('incredible edible') and Totnes ('transition town'). One in the North en one in the South, so probably impossible to visit both on the same trip. These are projects promoting themselves, so even here in the Netherlands we know of them. I think there must be many unknown permaculturists too in England. Maybe you are one of them? Or your friend is?
Please, if you know a permaculture project in England, let me know. Tell me more about it here. Thank you in advance.
 
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You will like Totnes (pronounced Tot‑ness′), though it is a slightly weird place. Also go to Dartington, only 3miles (~5km) away along the A385. Beware of the traffic: half the time there is nose to tail traffic from Totnes almost to Dartington, travelling at walking speed. Dartington is flat and Totnes is very hilly. Totnes is the only place where I have seen a pub selling no beer, only cider. No, I was mistaken. That pub is at Newton Abbot, about 10miles (~15km) away.
I was looking for the market at Durham City a few weeks ago and on one of the websites about County Durham I found a mention of a County Durham Permaculture association. I didn't look any further. It should be easy enough to search:- link 1 link 2 link 3.
You will like County Durham. The eastern half of the county is moderately hilly and it gets hillier as you go west. The towns and villages in the east are mostly old mining communities and not much to look at, but those in the west, e.g. Barnard Castle, are much more picturesque. Go into the dales of the Tees and the Wear. The one large town I would think worth visiting is Darlington, which is home to Bank Top Station, the largest railway station in the county, and also the coldest place for many miles around The countryside near Darlington is the least hilly part of the county. If you stray into County Durham, which is easy enough if you take the ferry from Ijmuiden, be sure to visit the City. [addition] Durham City is very hilly. [/addition]

I don't know Todmorden.
 
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I agree, you will like Totnes.  And if you go to Dartington, be sure to book a tour of Martin Crawford's forest garden.

https://www.agroforestry.co.uk/research-site-tours/

As for other sites, I'm sure if you look through the Permaculture Magazine UK, you're bound to find places to visit.  You could even put an advert ahead of time, asking if anyone is available for a visit - who knows.  Good luck and enjoy your trip!
 
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Thank you thank you!

So Totness and Martin Crawford's Forest Garden are in the same region. Sounds good!

I don't know when that trip will be. Maybe 2021, maybe 2022, ... I like to prepare my bicycle tours long in advance. And then probably I'll still change my route while cycling ...
 
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And Abundant Earth (links 2 and 3) has interesting courses and volunteer work!

More like that is welcome
 
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Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:. . . in the same region. . . .

Same region? You can walk from Totnes to Dartington in an hour. We used to have a small area of woodland garden like that only about 1½miles from here, but the trust went bankrupt in 2012.
 
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Thank you for the apple and sorry for not noticing earlier.
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:Thank you for the apple and sorry for not noticing earlier.


Thank you for your replies, helping my other topic to win the PIE!
 
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Stroud in Gloucestershire is another town to add to the list. Lots of environmental/organic activism there the uk biodynamic association is based there is a permaculture LAND site in the town.

East Meon in Hampshire has the sustainability centre which was set up by Maddie Harland who also started Permaculture Magazine:

https://www.sustainability-centre.org/

There is the Centre for alternative technology in Wales:

https://www.cat.org.uk/

There is more just the ones I can think of to begin with!
 
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