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Permaculture: A Beginners Guide [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Graham Burnett , Brigit Strawbridge (foreword)
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Book Description

1 Dec 2008
So what exactly is Permaculture ? This concise yet information rich graphic guide provides the answers, and more importantly will encourage you to apply it s ethics and principles of sustainability and working with, rather than against, nature to your land (whether it s a windowbox or a 1000 hectare farm), your community and your life. Find out: What is Permaculture? Why do we need Permaculture? What are Permaculture ethics and the principles of working with nature s patterns? What are the Basics of the Permaculture design process? What are concepts such as Zones, sectors, edge, stacking and succession, and how they can work for us? How can you use Permaculture practically in your life, home, garden, land or community, whatever your situation? Plus Practical tips, including; reading your land, saving energy, year round food from your garden and how to use your weeds. Revised and updated edition.

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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Spiralseed; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955349214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955349218
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham Burnett is a Trustee of the Permaculture Association (Britain) and holds the Diploma in Permaculture Design. He has run introductory and full design courses since 1998 with organisations and projects including Naturewise, OrganicLea, Green Adventure, the Vegan Organic Network, Thrive, Transition Town Brixton, Birmingham Decoy and Ars Terra in Los Angeles. He writes for publications as diverse as The Sunday Times, Positive News, Permaculture Magazine, The Raven, Growing Green, The Vegan and The Idler. Graham founded 'Spiralseed' in 2001 in order to publish his own work and strive towards seeking a 'right livelihood'. He is currently involved in setting up Transition Town Westcliff, an exploration of how the community in which he and his family lives can develop an Energy Descent Action Plan in order to survive and thrive in the low carbon twenty first century.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read to understand permaculture 7 July 2010
I first read graham's book when I knew very little about permaculture. This book gave me a real.understanding about the ethics and practice of UK permaculture. It has an accessible style and is an easy way to understand heavy socio-environmental concepts. Recommended read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Functional guide 7 July 2010
By Caz
I am no expert in this area, I'm a novice and this guide has been of tremendous help. Its very functional not only in its material but in its actual physical sense, fitting neatly into a pocket and so available for reference out there where you need it.

Many books in this area make the assumption that you have a good understanding already and they have lost me before I start. This guide gives every one something, from the complete beginner to the expert. I showed it the other day to someone with a lot of knowledge in the area and he immediately found something that he didn't know and that he could put into practice very quickly.

What I also like is that this isnt a book just for the country garden, its an urban space guide as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goody It's Graham Gardner! 7 July 2010
I am what is known as some what of a lazy slut and my idea of saving the enviromment is to drink more wine to create more bottles to recycle.

Hmmm Permaculture...I haven't got a clue so I read it and was very pleasantly surprised! Mister Burnett has a gift for making the complex and, lets face it rather boring, easy and interesting. For a complete consumer junkie like myself I was drawn into the conversational, non patronising style and it's true, I read it from cover to cover.

The art work is akin to cartoon and woodcut and this 'DIY' Ethos is a key factor of a really interesting book written in a way I could understand and actually recount sections afterwards.

My highlights were how a cup of tea is made industrially versus the much simpler permaculture cuppa, the zones and the section about weeds. I just used to fill my garden with garden centre friviolites, but now I know a bit about 'weeds' I think I am not so concerned about manacured perfection (unlike my nails) and this is a handy little referance book for when I go out to potter around.

The best thing about this little book, and this very likely was not what the author intended, was that when I've had a really stressed out day and just want to read 'Hello' magazine, I find myself turning to this little gem and enter this alternative world and all my stresses just go away. Enviromment is a very trendy word but it takes a very clever little boots to explain and sell this to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Permaculture: A Beginners Guide 7 July 2010
Well written and presented book in inimitable Burnett style - he is a veteran of the anarcho/ vegan/ DIY culture scene and a great thinker to boot. His take on permaculture results in an easy entry book, showing the complex philosophy of permaculture in easy to understand terms, and providing inspiration both for newbies and permies with some experience under their belts. Nice one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a beginner's guide 7 July 2010
By ingrid
Excellent well-presented guide to the principles and practices of permaculture, in a friendly, accessible and homely style as befits the subject!

A delight all round, packed with the philposophy of permaculture along with practical examples of what you can do to change your life (and those around you) for the better.

Although it is entitled a beginner's guide I love coming back to this delightful booklet as it is such an inspiring and uplifting read, with beautiful hand drawn illustrations.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical permaculture in practice 8 Jan 2010
When I first read 'Permaculture: A Beginners Guide', I was a true permaculture newbie. I'd heard the word, and knew about herb spirals, but that was about it. I wanted to know more about this fascinating way to design sustainable and productive gardens (and more!) and am so glad I stumbled upon Graham Burnett's helpful and friendly book because it is the perfect introduction to permaculture.

With his years of practical permaculture experience showing on every page, you know that Graham is 'walking the walk' rather than 'talking the talk', which gives you the confidence to take in these news ideas. His illustrations are entertaining and the 'hand made' ethos of the book makes it completely unintimidating for the uninitiated.

Years on, Graham's book is still one of my favourites and is regularly pulled out when I want to look something up - the information it contains is pertinent and well presented and easy to find. Even though I am no longer a newbie, I dig it out when I need to feel inspired, and it never fails to work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, unethical supplier? 8 Dec 2013
By paulio
This is a great little book, and I recommend buying it, but there are other suppliers, (easy to find via google! ) who uphold the ethics of permaculture and pay their taxs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars eye opener 26 Dec 2013
By hitgirl
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Great little beginner's book if you are looking at learning how to live off the land. Some very interesting illustrations so look throughit before showing your children!!
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