Permaculture Association

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The Permaculture Association is a British education and research charity that promotes the theory and practice of permaculture in the UK and beyond. It was a partner in the Local Food consortium[1] of the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme.[2] The Association will play host to the International Permaculture Convergence (IPC), London 2015.

The charity is based at offices in Leeds, England, but connects a diverse network of projects across the country, with over 1,400 members and over 100 demonstration LAND sites. There are national sub-networks in Scotland and Wales (Paramaethu Cymru).


The Permaculture Association was established as a charity on 8 February 1983[3] and is registered in England[4] and Scotland.[5]


According to its website, the Association offers its members a range of services including a quarterly newsletter, various discounts for events, books and services, opportunities to network, promotion and support of projects and a telephone helpline.[6] It also certifies Permaculture Design Courses in the UK and runs a diploma programme[7]

The Association organises a biennial national gathering of members, known as a "convergence".[8]

The Association also supports international projects such as the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador[9][10] and the Himalaya Permaculture Institute.

The Association announced in September 2014 a new partnership with Cornwall-based Crowdfunder UK to support members and the charity in raising funds to develop activities.

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