THIS past year saw an impressive growth in the number of people growing their own food, regardless of how small a garden space they had access to. Many of these people may not have known it but their gardening activities could have been their introduction to the world of permaculture.
The word permaculture was coined in the mid-1970s to describe an integrated, evolving system of perennial or selfperpetuating species that are useful to humans.
A more current definition of permaculture, is ‘ consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy for the provision of local needs’.
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