Garden logo?

This is based on a sketch created by Leigh on the recent Llanfyllin PDC

Fun project really, thinking about potential signage at the institute garden. This logo idea is based on the icon for permaculture principle 1, ‘Observe and Interact’. The hole in the tree has become a face and fruits in the tree represent the surrounding community. And of course the river Cain at Cae Bodfach is also the inspiration for the river.

thanks to Andrew McConnach for also working on it, and it has been digitized by Steve. Open to ideas to further improve it, or maybe you have a different idea?

this is a very important lecture and an insight into the emerging new paradigm

So this is pre-covid and pre-2019 election, so it is dated in ways, but actually he makes the clear point, re: Covid, dont make predictions because know knows what is going to happen.

There is a much longer arking story that is important which has remained consisntant over 150 – 200 years of modern forms of capitalism. If you only look at half the picture then undoubtedly you come up with the wrong answer. The reason we can’t see beyond capitalism is that increasingly over the decades we have been told there no other system. The fall of the Soviet Union was supposed to represent the fall of socialsim, where as nothing could be further from the case. Western capitlism just lasted a few more decades than the soviet bloc, capitlism didnt win, it just outlasted its perceived opponent. That kind of thinking created a terminal short-term view that undermined the whole systtem. Vested interest has prevented capitalism from evolving, whereas socialism is a workshop of ideas that is constantly evolving.

Plant swap behind the institute

BRACE community garden project
Come in small numbers, play safe, we can swap plants, tips and come and see the wonderful garden that is evolving behind the institute

Design ideas for Llanfyllin horticulture

cae Bodfach, llanfyllin
Idea for signage
Playing with design ideas
Llanfyllin institute
What is your vision for the front of the institute
Sector analysis of the institute gardens
A vision of the rear garden
dding details to the basic design
Notes on front garden potential
Visualization of garden elements
Concept from for front
llanfyllin institute front garden design idea
Some detailed thoughts
above ground dog waste composting unit
Dog waste composting unit idea

New reality

Has it dawned on you yet? The world we took for granted no longer exists and is not coming back. The virus is not an anomaly in an otherwise healthy world it is the signal of the collapse of the globalized neo-liberal free market dream. It always was a fragile system, it doesn’t matter which straw it took to break the camel’s back but the certainty always was our economic paradigm is fundamental unsustainable.

This is the Paris Agreement, it gives a 2/6 chance of avoiding run away climate change, in other words we have to do much better, this is the absolute minimum we must acieve.

Halving emission the decades in a row still isn’t going to be enough to make the climate stabalise. We need to invent carbon capture and storage machines and completely change we the way we manage landscapes so that they absorb much more carbon than they emit. So if this economic pause feels difficult try multiplying it by 30 years. It really is time to think completely differently, we have to embrace a different future.

I am not smart enough to fully understand the money markets but they are in deep trouble, the American government is pumping trillions of newly printed dollars to prop up a system that seems to be on its last legs. This crisis on health is triggered by a crisis in the environment and our susceptibility to this threat is bought about by a deeply divided society of super rich and on the breadline poor. Neo liberalism has failed us horribly, the materialist, reductionist view has brought the world to the edge of its own destruction. The 2020 economic collapse is going to be many times worse than 2008. Here are some new ways to think, to understand our wider predicament: firstly some thoughts after a meeting with Fritjof Capra by Daniel Wahl.

“Capra clearly articulated something that I had intuitively known and was trying to understand better. He suggested that the ecological, environmental, social and economic crises we are facing are not separate but interconnected expressions of one single crisis: a crisis of perception. … The neo-Darwinist story of individuals and species in fierce competition for limited resources is an inadequate and limited conception of life. Nature sustains life by creating and nurturing communities. In today’s leading life sciences, evolution is no longer seen as a struggle for existence but as a collaborative dance and exploration of novelty. Capra pointed out that “sustainability is a dynamic process of co-evolution rather than a static state. Sustainability is a property of an entire web of relationships” (personal comment) rather than a characteristic of a single individual, company, country or species. The understanding that the common root cause of the multiple crises we are facing is in fact a crisis of perception offers us hope that we will be able to respond before it is too late.”

Daniel Christian Wahl
Debt overload, what gives?

The innovators creating tomorrow’s regenerative economy have all, in their own ways, learned how to see the larger system in which they live and work. They look beyond events and superficial fixes to see deeper structures and forces at play, they don’t allow boundaries (either organizational or culturally imposed) to limit their thinking, they make strategic choices that take into account natural and social limits, and they work to create self-reinforcing cycles of innovation — change strategies that mimic how growth occurs in the natural world. They have learned to see systems by cultivating an intelligence that we all possess. Human beings are natural systems thinkers, but like any innate capacity, this talent must be understood and cultivated.

Peter Senge (2008)
flatten the curve
This is the bigger mission we face

Permaculture is systems thinking, permaculture recognizes that everything is connected to everything else. To fix the problems and challenges we face we need a whole new way of thinking. More so we need to embed that thinking into our planning, training, education, into our every action. Decision making cannot run on short term or partisan objectives, that is what has brought the world to the very brink of its own destruction.

Sector are based in Wales, and are linked to the Permaculture Association of Britain, Re-Alliance and Norwegian Refugee Council. We have built up a skill base and network of trainers in the UK, as well as across East Africa. We are ready to lead on the re-skilling and re-education that is needs to help0 address the huge challenges we currently face

“I’m absolutely sure that there are going to be more diseases like this in future if we continue with our practices of destroying the natural world,” says marine ecologist Dr Enric Sala

Dr Enric Sala
South Sudanese refugees celebrate completing their permaculture training after 6 months

A week of panic & uncertainty

We have known for years that our complex interconnected global community, with just in time delivery and lean stocking is vulnerable to significant disruption. As we continue to witness climate breakdown it has felt important for us to focus on developing a stronger local-food economy with more diversity and shorter supply lines. The Covid virus is a symptom of our imbalance with the natural world and as we continue to destroy the more remote and wilder areas remaining on the globe we come into contact with more unknown and unanticipated sources of disease. This is articulated very well below, its an excellent video. It is a crisis of disease which exposes a crisis of society that is framed by the crisis of the environment.

A health service needs to address ALL people, not just those who can afford it for it to be effective. We are reminded that especially in a crisis or challenge of this scale we are all in it together. Community responses are really important and at least we all need something positive to channel our energy and creativity into.

We will be continuing to cultivate the soil and using this as a way to build our community and extend what it has to offer to all of us. The area in front of the institute is planned for redevelopment into a garden, a softer much greener area. We will be in the institute from 12 – 4 on Sunday ready to ideas, functions, inputs and design ideas about how we can make this a more functional, welcoming space.

For now we remain open for business, if you can bring your own tools and gloves and make every effort to minimize the potential spread of the virus that is appreciated.

Llanfyllin institute garden wins national gardens scheme award

Its an underused space behind the institute building that previously they paid to have strimmed and trimmed year to keep it tidy. Now it is on its way to being a focal point for community growing for the Tanat & Cain valley community and is paying its own rent back to the institute instead of being a cost. Permaculture teaches us how to build mutually beneficial relationships, which are the building blocks of community.

confirmation letter that the Community Horticulture Project application for a National Gardens Scheme Award was successful
Award letter
institute llanfyllin 2020
Early conversations about the garden design
llanfyllin 2020
Its beginning to take shape

Share energy

Community owned and run energy schemes offer huge advantages, not least a chance for communities to invest in energy schemes that will enable sustainable ethical investment into infrastructure that we will all benefit from. It also decentralizes the planning a implementation of energy schemes, all good in terms of increasing resilience.

Visit Share Energy website to find our more
Share Energy are based in Shrewsbury and work with communities to develop energy schemes which benefit those same communities

Horticulture project

The intention is to create a headquarters for community growing in Llanfyllin, sharing ideas, inspiration, skills and tips, seeds, plants, compost ad most of all enthusiasm. Growing food, building soil and protecting biodiversity are central actions to community led climate responses. Yes we aim to grow herbs, veg, fruits and berries here

We have applied for a grant from National Gardens Scheme, not heard yet meanwhile Sector39 donated £400 for timber for the raised beds so that work can continue. Other members are donating donating time, energy, plants and more to keep momentum going. Thanks to Jones builders who have also helped with some sand and aggregates. The almost none stop rain has soaked the soils deeply and we are improving access and drainage as a priority at present .

The horticulture project is also working towards an open day in the build up to Easter, most likely on the Thursday to co-inside with the farmers market. Any help putting this together much appreciated, contact us please.

We are still working on the Cae Bodfach orchard across the road, but this space is about creating a hub for horticulture, growing, plant multiplication and more. We hope to create a much more abundant, diverse, wildlife friendly and productive spaces in and around our community.

Repair Cafe – help required

The next Llanfyllin Repair Cafe is on 1st Feb and after the huge success of the previous event we would appreciate more help in the Cafe part and also some homemade cakes or savoury snacks for visitors and helpers. We start setting up at 10 am, doors open at 12, clearing away is from 3-4pm. Lunch is provided for helpers.

Please email if you are able to help in any way so we can plan the day and send you a volunteer form. Thank you