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Patrick Whitefield

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Permaculture Teacher and Author


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    Green Party
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Patrick Whitefield is a permaculture teacher and author. See
Books from Patrick Whitefield
1. Patrick Whitefield: What is Permaculture?
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Permaculture teacher, Patrick Whitefield, explains how to get the strongest plants when sowing annual seeds in spring and gives advice on watering, modules and compost.
Patrick Whitefield is an experienced permaculture teacher and author of five books, including the permaculture classic The Earth Care Manual. For information about his residential and online courses please see
Patrick Whitefield on the art of watering seedlings and slug preventation
Preparing your winter crops: Patrick Whitefield on the art of hardening plants
Patrick Whitefield on the art of growing healthy plants
Pippa Johns relearns old skills from ..., 3 Aug 2009 [cached]
Pippa Johns relearns old skills from Patrick Whitefield's new book The Living Landscape Author: Patrick Whitefield Publisher: Permanent Publications
This new book by renowned permaculturist Patrick Whitefield is already the catalyst to a huge leap in my observation skills and my understanding of the landscape around me. It is a truly fascinating book, the result of Patrick's many years of looking and listening, taking notes, making sketches and asking questions on his walks, train journeys and travels from the Scottish Highlands to the South Downs.
The book takes the reader on a journey around the British landscape, telling all you need to know to understand how that landscape may have been formed; from rocks, through soil to vegetation and the intricate web of interactions between plants, animals, climate and people that makes a landscape what it is today: "The eternal dance between human and natural factors which goes to make up the landscape".
Learning to read the landscape
The book opens with a chapter on how to go about reading the land-scape and Patrick is clear that we can never be absolutely sure that we know exactly what is going on, there are too many factors at work over too long a period of time. However by developing our skills of observation and understanding we can make a well informed guess. The following chapters then go on to look in detail at rocks, soil and climate, people's historical impact, animals and plants, woodlands, grasslands and moors. There are also chapters on succession or how changes in the landscape happen over time, water and roads and boundaries. There is a huge amount of information here, but the text is always accessible and easy to read and it certainly held my interest. Each chapter is interspersed with diagrams, sketches and notes that Patrick has taken on walks and train rides over the years.
Whilst Patrick never shies away from mentioning permaculture and his work as a designer and teacher, the book is in no way limited to being a permaculture text. It will appeal to a very wide audience of people who feel some connection to the British landscape and who are interested to learn more about it; how they can read it and how they, historically and in the present, interact with it. My neighbour is a tree warden and active on the South Downs joint committee and I have it in mind to give him a copy. I am convinced he will enjoy it and that it will also serve as a gentle introduction to lots of key permaculture concepts.
Patrick Whitefield reviews Aranya's toolbox of permaculture design methods and we offer a money off discount price if you buy if before...
Springing from our first pair of ..., 1 June 2005 [cached]
Springing from our first pair of workshops on Permaculture by national expert Patrick Whitefield is the intention to start the Island branch of the Permaculture Association.Almost everyone who attended his courses wanted to join up, and so did some who couldn't make it.
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Patrick Whitefield
Patrick is the main tutor on all the courses. He was brought up on a smallholding in Somerset and qualified in agriculture at Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire. After several years working in agriculture in the Middle East and Africa, he settled in central Somerset where he still lives. In 1983 he bought a flower-rich hay meadow to save it from destruction and kept it as a n Patrick Whitefield ature reserve for 25 years before handing it on to the Somerset Wildlife Trust for safe keeping. He's always been a vegetable gardener, and some fifteen years ago he planted an orchard which now gives him an abundant supply of apples from September to May. In the past he's made his living by a variety of country crafts, and for a while he was a prominent member of the Green Party. Since 1990 he's devoted himself to permaculture, especially to teaching it, and has appeared on the BBC2 television programmes, It's not Easy Being Green and A Farm for the Future.
"I find permaculture makes use of the varied skills I've acquired during my life," he says. "and puts them into a cohesive whole."
Patrick is now one of the leading permaculture teachers in Britain, indeed in Europe. He combines a deep knowledge of the subject with an inspiring and professional teaching style. He's written three books on permaculture: Permaculture in a Nutshell, How to Make a Forest Garden and The Earth Care Manual. His latest book is The Living Landscape, how to read it and understand it, a subject especially close to his heart. He also practices as a design consultant.
Many course participants have commented on how important her work is to the overall quality of the courses, and how her input and Patrick's complement each other.
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