The Trust's guiding principles and working methods are heavily influenced by Permaculture ideas. Developed originally as a primarily agricultural system that sought to learn from and mimic natural ecosytems to create more sustainable productive growing methods, it has evolved as a design system that can be applied to all areas of life. It takes as its basis three ethical statements:
1. Earth Care: Working with natural systems, rather than in competition with them. Using methods that have minimal negative impact on the Earth’s natural environment. In everyday life, this may involve buying local produce, eating in season, and cycling rather than driving. Its about choices we make, and how we manage the land. Understanding the place of humans and every other element in ecosystems brings about an understanding of the need to oppose the destruction of wild habitats, and the poisoning of soil, water and atmosphere, and the wisdom of designing and creating healthy systems that meet our needs without damaging the planet.
2. People Care: This is about ensuring the wellbeing of both individuals and communities. As individuals, we need to look after ourselves and each other so that as a community we can develop truly sustainable lifestyles.
3. Fair Shares: By governing our own needs, living within limits and consciously co-creating, we can create surplus resources to further the above two principles (Care for the Earth and Care for People. The third ethic recognises that The Earth’s resources are limited, and that these resources need to be shared by many beings.
The Trust hosts annual Permaculture courses, including introductory short courses and the full Permaculture Design Certificate course. For more information on Permaculture, see our links page.