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Frequently asked questions

This is a summary of some of the most frequently asked questions about Grow South courses and workshops. If you have a question that isn’t answered here please do get in touch and we will do our best to answer you!

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How will permaculture help me improve my back garden / allotment?

With a deeper understanding of permaculture you will be able to tread more lightly on the planet, in harmony with nature.  Permaculture design principles will give you the tools to look with fresh eyes at your space and really reflect on how the space works for you.

You will gain an understanding of how spaces (and relationships) can be designed and utilised to maximise their sustainability and effectiveness for today and for many generations to come.

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What is an Introduction to Permaculture Design Course?

The Introduction to Permaculture Design Course is a superb way to find out more about permaculture and how the ethics and design principles can help you to improve a garden, allotment or other project.

The course is run over 2 days and you will actively learn core design principles and see a wealth of inspirational examples of designs being implemented by groups and projects in this country and abroad.

The course is lively, fun, participatory and thought provoking.  It is suitable for anyone, no previous knowledge or experience required.

Grow South courses are lead by our principal designer Liz. Liz is an experienced permaculture designer and professional teacher with a world of experience to share. 

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How do permaculture and positive parenting work together?

Permaculture is a solutions approach to living, the design principles and ethics can be applied to any human system.  The parent child relationship is one that requires nurture and care, with permaculture design we can enhance and strengthen this relationship.

On our parenting course we explore how practical permaculture design principles can provide us with usable tools to develop happier, healthier parenting approaches that will benefit the whole family. 

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What is the Grow South deposit, payments, cancellations and refunds policy?

When you sign up to a course through Eventbrite, you pay the full cost for the course.  If you are ill and unable to attend on the day of the course we will endeavour to swap you onto another course date in the same year.  There are no refunds.

Concessionary rates are available, please email directly for more information.

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Is the positive parenting course only for people with young children?

This course is for anyone who is interested; grandparents, carers, teachers or anyone who works with children of any age and would like to reflect on how we can use concrete permaculture design tools to enhance our interactions with the young people in our lives.

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Where can I see permaculture in action?

This is one of our favourite questions! We strongly recommend exploring the wonderful and diverse ways permaculture design principles have translated into real life application.

 The Permaculture Association Learning and Demonstration (LAND) Network is a great place to find a local permaculture project in action.

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How will the permaculture consultation process work?

We will begin with a phone discussion about your needs, your land or project that you are involved with and how I can help.  

Usually an initial site visit of 1 - 1.5 hours will enable us to develop some initial ideas, I can introduce you to some tools to enable you to develop your own permaculture design.

Depending on the situation either you can take the initial site visit and develop and implement your own designs or I can provide further support as your design and implementation evolves. 

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