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Permaculture Design Course (14 days) @ Various
Feb 9 – Jun 29 all-day
Permaculture Design Course (14 days) @ Various | Oxford | England | United Kingdom

A practical course with indoor and outdoor learning, including visits to various local projects such as eco buildings, rooftop gardens, organic gardens, community orchards and growing projects.

This PDC is designed to give you the knowledge to design your growing space, grow your own food, store it over the seasons and even create a small income from growing.

The course will be weighted towards the specialism of Forest Gardening, a system which demonstrates efficiency in growing, with high production yields.

If you want to bring sustainability and food growing into your life, this is the course for you.

Topics covered include:

– Ethics and principles of Permaculture
– Design process and methodology
– Soil management and conservation
– Urban challenges and urban Permaculture
– Woodland and Agroforestry
– Real wealth, money and sustainable exchange
– Buildings, Energy conservation and renewable energy
– Personal health, nutrition and resilience
– Creating income from food production
– Food preservation
– Herbal medicines
– Practical gardening skills

Dates: Feb 9 & 16; Mar 2, 9, 16 & 23; Apr 6 & 13; May 4 & 11; and June 8, 15, 22, 29
Runs 10am-4pm each day

£480 – low waged (up to £18K/yr)
£640 – mid waged (up to £25K/yr)
£800 – high waged/corporate
Limited no. of bursary places available for unwaged – please contact us

This course is certificated by the Permaculture Association UK and by LASER learning awards at Levels 1, 2 and 3 (GCSE – A-level equivalent).

A maximum of two days can be missed and still allow you to receive your certificate.

To Book:

Holding Against Extremes: mothering and making in a time of climate emergency [Exhibition] @ Oxford Playhouse
Jun 12 – Jul 2 all-day

Exhibition, with opening event (details for opening event here).

Broken Spoke Open Bike Workshop @ Oxford
Jun 13 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

However big or small your bike-related issues are, get yourself down to our open workshop. We’ve got a fully stocked community tool chest (so you don’t have to spend a fortune on a tool you’ll use twice), lots of lovely bike stands and friendly mechanics to give you a hand!

We keep a stock of all the parts that wear out regularly and we also sell secondhand parts, so if you’re looking for a deal (or something slightly rare), we might have just the thing!



Midsummer Meander river-themed junk art workshop with Groovy Su [private event] @ West Oxford Community Primary School
Jun 13 @ 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Community artist and junk art QUEEN Groovy Su (see this article about her in the Oxford Mail) is joining Year 6 to create river-inspired art to decorate Osney Lock Hydro during the July Midsummer Meander, as part of the OLH/LCWO Heritage Lottery funded project Unlocking the Power of Our River.

This is a private workshop, taking place within school hours, but if you want to make your own art with Su, she’ll be joining us again at West Oxford Fun Day.

We look forward to seeing what the kids create!

How to Avoid Climate Breakdown (Oxford) [New Internationalist event] @ Cowley Road Methodist Church
Jun 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Very interesting event being run by New Internationalist:

It’s official – climate change is happening faster than we thought. As carbon emissions continue to rise and impacts worsen around the world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and fall into despair.

But while catastrophe is possible, it’s not yet inevitable. There are ideas and actions that can get us out of this mess.

We’re not talking about pipedream techno-fixes but the real far-reaching shifts we need to – and still can make.

Join us to discuss the genuine, transformative solutions to climate breakdown, with our panel:

Andrew Simms – Co-ordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance

Emma EJ Fawcett – Climate Striker

Kingsmill Bond – New Energy Strategist at Carbon Tracker

Chaired by New Internationalist co-editor Hazel Healy.

6:30 – 8:00 Introduction, panel discussion & audience Q&A
8:00 – 9:00 Networking space and refreshments


Andrews Simms is an author, political economist and activist.He is co-director of the NewWeather Institute, Assistant Director of Scientists for Global Responsibility, a Research Associate at the University of Sussex, and a Fellow of the New Economics Foundation (NEF). His books include The New Economics, Cancel the Apocalypse: the New Path to Prosperity, Ecological Debt and Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth? He is the co-author of ‘How did we do that?’ which explores the possibilities of a rapid low carbon transition. @AndrewSimms_uk

Emma EJ Fawcett is a an organiser for the School Strikes for Climate movement. She is also a member of Extinction Rebellion.

Kingsmill Bond is the New Energy Strategist for Carbon Tracker, an independent financial thinktank which cemented the terms ‘carbon bubble’, ‘unburnable carbon’ and ‘stranded assets’ into the financial and environmental lexicon. A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Kingsmill has worked as a sell-side City equity analyst and strategist for over 20 years. He worked for many years in Russia, which is the world’s largest exporter of fossil fuels.@CarbonBubble

Hazel Healy is a co-editor at the award-winning New Internationalist magazine, based in Oxford. A writer and editor, she specializes in stories that unpack the thorny subjects of justice, equality and political change at outlets that include the BBC World Service, LA Times and The Guardian. She currently edits the Climate Justice column ‘Temperature Check’ and has stewarded other environmental NI editions covering efforts to adapt to climate change in Bangladesh and the May/June edition on Climate Breakdown. @hazel_healy

Cowley Road Methodist Church is on the corner of Cowley Road and Jeune street, opposite the UPP cinema.

Vegan Feast! @ The Mix, Wantage
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Vegan Feast! @ The Mix, Wantage | England | United Kingdom

Come and share a vegan meal prepared by Sarada and Chloe
of Shakti Kitchen, with cooking demo and hints and tips
for creating delicious vegan food at home.

Broken Spoke Open Bike Workshop @ Oxford
Jun 14 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

However big or small your bike-related issues are, get yourself down to our open workshop. We’ve got a fully stocked community tool chest (so you don’t have to spend a fortune on a tool you’ll use twice), lots of lovely bike stands and friendly mechanics to give you a hand!

We keep a stock of all the parts that wear out regularly and we also sell secondhand parts, so if you’re looking for a deal (or something slightly rare), we might have just the thing!



Local produce market @ St. Nicolas Church, Abingdon
Jun 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The St Nic’s local produce and craft market is back! Every Friday morning between 11am and 1pm there will be stall in the little garden at the top of Stert Street (in the church if wet) selling fresh veg, local eggs, home-baked cakes and preserves, plants, seedlings and flowers.

Go early to get the best selection!

Even more important, if you have any produce to sell, you can do so at the market provided you collect the money and any unsold items promptly at 1pm, and donate 10% of the takings to St Nicolas Church funds. To join the happy band of producers, email Gilly Osborne ongho@dial.appleinter.net.

We are very happy to support this well-established venture bringing excellent, incredibly fresh local food right into the centre of town. Please help make it a success!




Teach Earth Training Weekends @ Wytham Woods
Jun 14 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 16 @ 4:00 pm
Teach Earth Training Weekends @ Wytham Woods | England | United Kingdom

Calling all education professionals! Are you wanting to take learning outside of the classroom and connect your students to nature?

If yes, sign up to Teach Earth 2019! Attend a two day immersive weekend in Oxfordshire or Edinburgh exploring outdoor learning, citizen science and the Sustainable Development Goals and learn how to link these into the national curriculum. Places are available now for £75 per place, which includes all accommodation, food, materials and training throughout the weekend.

Our 2019 team dates are as follows:

10th – 12th May (Oxford)
31st May – 2nd June (Edinburgh)
14th – 16th June (Oxford)
5th – 7th July (Oxford)

Check out our webpage for more details:


Seizing the Climate Moment: Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist and 350.org founder @ Simpkins Lee Theatre, Lady Margaret Hall
Jun 14 @ 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, the first global, grassroots climate change movement, will give the Deneke Lecture at LMH.

350.org organized 20,000 rallies around the work in almost every country, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

The author and environmentalist was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel’, in 2014. Receiving his award he said: “The climate fight is the first timed test humanity has faced; if we don’t win quickly we won’t win at all. It’s the definition of urgent.”

Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. His book The End of Nature (1989) is regarded as the first book for a general audience about the subject, and has appeared in 24 languages.

He has gone on to write a dozen more books and his latest is called: FALTER, Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? It is a sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity itself.

The Deneke Lecture was established in 1930 to promote ‘humane studies’ and in memory of musicologist Philip Maurice Deneke who died in 1924.

One of the first speakers was Albert Einstein who delivered his lecture in 1933. It was called: Einiges zue Atomistik.

Einstein was friendly with Margaret Deneke, daughter of Philip Deneke who he met on his visits to Oxford. She writes of the effect the lecture had on her in her unpublished memoirs:

“The Deneke Lecture was packed and many of our friends failed to get seats. Sir Charles Sherrington took the Chair. Whilst Dr. Einstein was speaking and using his blackboard I thought I understood his arguments. When someone at the end begged me to explain points I could reproduce nothing. It had been the Professor’s magnetism that held my attention.”