Graham Bell ~ Global Change Agent

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Graham Bell is a world renowned permaculture expert who, together with his wife Nancy, created Britain’s oldest intentional food forest garden at their home in the Scottish Borders. Over the past 40 years, Graham has amassed a huge amount of knowledge in permaculture, renewables and sustainable business.

Graham is passionate about permaculture and over the years has helped many thousands of people to come to a better understanding of how we may live in a sustainable, harmonious relationship with our planet through his teaching, consultancy, writings and by sharing his vast knowledge and experience. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments and companies across the globe.

Graham is currently Chair of Permaculture Scotland and continues to educate through a wide range of permaculture courses, many based in his own forest garden.

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  1. Sounds great Florie. I will be teaching at Geoff’s place in New South Wales this October. Just wondering where abouts you are?

  2. Just found my way here through Geoff Lawton’s blogs. Inspiring for me. Having moved to the countryside in south west Scotland, I’ve been starting to design a perma veg garden, but all info was from other countries, very different climates. I lived near Edinburgh previously and amazed at how the climate differs here. The plot is a wee microclimate of its own too, so getting to know it.
    First lesson, you can’t layer & cover over years of neglected elder, it loves this feed! So, how do I employ a ‘no dig’ policy on elder and nettles? I think I may need to employ you to advise on very neglected the plot with no worms or ladybirds, just plenty slug and frogs, which the chooks are loving!

  3. Hi Graham I came across an article about you in Geoffs Lawtons friday additions. I did a course on line with him in 2015 so I am a new Permaculturist. I decided to turn to permaculture just befor I completed my horticulture part 2 and garden design certificate.
    I do keep in touch with various people on line but you will be the only one on the same continent. This year I have managed to change my vegetable gardening to permaculture. I built a hugulculture bed at the end of 2014 and it is in use this year.
    My garden once belonged to a famous plants man Graham stewart Thomas. He created a ground cover system that still exist to this day. I use to marvel at the thick layers of mulch in the woods and the spring bulbs would pop up every year. I decided I would like to change the system to growing vegetable and fruit and keep myself and the wonderful birds that visit my garden happy. I enjoyed reading what you had to say and to know that you have used the system for so long. I also grow mushroom and collect wild ones.
    All the best Florie

  4. I take pride in my work and hobby, its clrar that you do along with your educational site post.
    I was blessed to finmd it here. So Ican find myy way back here, thanks for posting this
    info and I’ve saved the website!

  5. November 1, 2012I have been an organic framer for many years and keen to see what permaculture can also offer. I live in a 300-350 mill rainfall area so things are a bit different to the higher rainfall country many of you live in.sheep, chooks, vegies, some crop for hay but mostly just what comes from non-chemical farming over many years.

  6. Your place looks amazing! I am currently having serious withdrawal symptoms since moving to a lovely new build in Coldstream with a small blank canvas, yet to be gdn landscaped, compared to previous gdns where I grew plums,apples and veggies and entertained all sorts of birds and wildlife. Also miss my previous wk, role at Ridley hall, Bardon Mill where I worked for a horticultural service for adults with Learning Disabilities -a-sowing and a-digging. I am busy, busy, busy but wonder if you have any ops for volunteers or just a chance to look around and gain some ideas? Regards, Eileen.

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