The videos below have been produced for Permaculture Magazine by Phil Moore and Lauren Simpson (the Permaculture People). They have spent two years travelling overland through Central and South America working and volunteering at permaculture projects and they decided to continue their travels back in the UK. Seeing the richness and variety of practical solutions and sustainable designs across the UK they were inspired to share those stories.

It is the first in a series of nine short films called Living with the Land.

Part 1 – Forest Gardening

Martin Crawford of the Agroforestry Research Trust introduces us to his 2.1 acre Forest Garden on the Dartington Estate in South Devon. Centred around a key interview with Martin the film uses drone shots for never seen before vantage points of his Forest Garden and of its true resourcefulness and beauty.

What once stood as a flat field in 1994, is today a multi layered, ecosystem of trees, shrubs and ground covers, producing fruits, nuts, and medicinal products. Forest Gardening is a designed agronomic system based on trees, shrubs and perennial plants mimicking the structure of a natural forest.

Narrated by Sir Tim Smit KBE, creator of The Eden Project

Part 2: Natural Building

Kevin McCloud, a Channel 4 presenter well known for the TV series Grand Designs, introduces part 2 of Living with the Land – ‘Natural Building’.

Natural buildings are an ancient tradition with a modern appeal. Creating healthy, beautiful homes from natural materials such as earth, straw and timber, building naturally is the ultimate expression of ecological design. Building isn’t ‘done’ to us – it can be done by us. The skills and techniques used in natural building are hands-on and accessible, enabling us all to design our own healthy living spaces bringing people and the elements together.

The UK has a rich tradition of natural building and natural architecture that is seeing a renewed interest. Building naturally is one such response to Living With The Land
Please feel free to watch, share via email and social media, host on your website, in a blog, or hold a screening at your next meeting. If you would like to embed the video on your own site, please feel free. Please find some template social media posts at the bottom of this email.

We will be releasing one film a week until September to coincide with the build-up to the 12th International Permaculture Conference taking place in London on 8th – 9th September 2015, hosted by the Permaculture Association.

The series of films showcase the people and projects that practise real, working alternatives to the ecologically unsound and principally unsustainable practices of conventional agriculture and mainstream housing in the UK. These inspiring, best practice permaculture projects and people explore topics such as large-scale, regenerative agriculture, forest gardening, urban permaculture, and natural building.

Please watch this section of our website for each film week by week.

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe around us, the less taste we shall have for destruction” – Rachel Carson