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Permaculture Design and training

We work with community groups and private individuals to design and create outdoor spaces. And we deliver permaculture-based training events.

We work in Pembrokeshire, and more widely in western Dyfed

Permaculture design

We have been designing and creating gardens and community spaces in harmony with nature for many years. In that time we've worked in gardens of all sizes to create all sorts of beautiful spaces.

We've created wildlife ponds, orchards, food growing areas, forest gardens, wildflower lawns, edible gardens and much more. We believe every space wants to thrive and our aim is to design gardens that work well for people and nature.

We always work using permaculture design, which means we focus on designing gardens and spaces that are guided by and aligned with nature. We use low impact materials, aim for low carbon gardens, always integrate plants that support wildlife and try to find ways to save resources and reduce waste in the design.

We can create whole garden designs or can focus just on features or areas of gardens. We can also implement the planting plans, create ponds or specialist spaces like forest gardens or orchards. 

We are proud to have a long record of excellent reviews, which you can read below.

If you are in the Dyfed area and you’re from a community group with some space, energy and enthusiasm to create a permaculture-inspired patch, contact us for a chat to explore your ideas.

If you are a private individual and would like your garden reimagined using permaculture design, take a look at some of our feedback and images below, and please get in touch.

You can find out more about Patch of the Planet here. And you can find out more about Permaculture here.

Permaculture is a way of designing that takes care to look after our planet, now and for generations to come, by trying align peoples’ behaviour with the patterns of the natural world.

Permaculture sits at the heart of how we operate here at Patch of the Planet.

We have significant experience in designing gardens and community spaces using permaculture. We are also experienced trainers in permaculture principles and have run public workshops and specialist training sessions for community groups.

 

We’ve worked with community groups and private individuals to design and create dozens of spaces.

Here’s how we can work with you.

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Permaculture workshops and courses

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"That was amazing. I can’t believe how much information is in my head!"

We have run training events and workshops for community groups and the general public for several years, with excellent feedback (see some of it below).

In the coming months we will be launching public workshops and courses at Patch of the Planet on a wide range of low impact living and land-based topics. You'll be able to sign up here. and we'll promote it on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

We can also be brought in to design and run workshops and training events for community groups on a wide range of ecological design and low impact living topics. And we can give talks too.

Our main focus is on topics around the land and low impact living.

 

That means broad topics like introductions to permaculture, working with nature and wildlife and topics around low impact living and low impact communities. And it means specific topics, like building healthy soil, composting, growing your own food, propagation, fruit tree grafting, forest gardening and more

If you are looking for someone to run training on a topic around these themes, contact us for a chat and we can go from there.

More snaps of our designs
and a taste of our reviews

Reviews of our designs and training

Oli and Rachel

Neil and Dina totally rebuilt our garden (it was just a bunch of grass before). They put in a pond, an insect hotel of their design, a raised hill, raised beds, a willow arch, planted a tonne of things and even built my shed and replaced my gate. It looks completely amazing now!

They were really helpful with planning this all out, I knew I wanted something eco-firendly but had no idea where to start! They were a perfect fit for us, they worked out where the best light would be for the veg-beds and took soil samples and everything they built came from good sources and was designed to work together to avoid a ton of maintenance.

One thing I particularly wanted was to be able to get some bats living in the garden, and within days after the pond and insect hotel were in place I started noticing some turning up to scout things out.

 

It’s so much better now and feels actually like a living thing rather than just a space. I’m looking forward to see how it all grows out. And to try my hand at homegrowing some veggies!”

Donna:

Neil and Dina are like garden fairy godparents. They wave their wands and turn your vaguest garden dreams into a beautiful garden to enjoy whilst knowing that you are doing the right thing for your patch of the planet and all the creatures and plants that live there.

I cannot recommend them enough. They are totally professional and passionate about what they do.

Graham and Catherine:

Dina and Neil are lovely people to have transforming your garden, having a professional, calm and friendly approach. They listened well to what we wanted and to any concerns we had, giving options without pushing to extend the budget.

We wanted a peaceful and beautiful garden and now have structure and drama without compromising tranquility. Their ideas have completely transformed our garden. We love it!

Chloe and Ed:

We don’t know where to start to find the words to convey our absolute gratitude at all your hard work over the last few weeks.

In a world of daily change and uncertainty  you remained our calm and constant. You kept the project on track, provided regular reassurance and worked non stop!

We gave you a brief for basically what we thought was impossible in our space-we asked for a huge bespoke play area, a grown up eating area, places to grow food, places for the children to explore and let their imaginations grow whilst still allowing room for a football pitch!

After patiently enduring a lengthy Pinterest bombardment you sent us the first plans and it made our hearts skip a beat, could we really have all this in our garden? The answer was a resounding yes… and now we have our dream garden-and more-we now have our own special patch of the planet we can watch grow and develop along with our children.

You have given us a beautiful garden and so much more.

Bill and Sandra :

“Neil and Dina were brilliant. We wanted a complete re-design of our back garden, and they did everything for us. Their emphasis is on making an environmentally friendly garden, and we are delighted with the end result. Highly recommended.”

Hayley:

“We feel so lucky that we were introduced to Patch of the Planet. Neil and Dina are a dream to work with and go above and beyond to transform garden spaces. We provided them with a very vague brief to design and plant a large flower bed and to design and plant our kitchen garden with edibles.

Their plans were perfect and we didn’t need to change a thing.

We have enjoyed the whole process as Neil and Dina have made it all so easy. They have communicated throughout so we always knew what was happening when and we have been left with a wonderful manual giving us step by step advice of how to look after all our plants.

 

I can not recommended their services highly enough, it has been a joy and we can not wait to work with them again on our next phase.”

Sue:

“Patch of the Planet has totally transformed my suburban garden – the designs have given me hope for something so much more magical than I’d ever have dreamed for our small town patch.”

Graham:

“Patch of the planet worked with me on a project for a local resident . They took the time to sit down and talk to the resident and clarify his wishes, then sourced a suitable tree, which given it was late in the season was not a straightforward job. They then planted it properly and left the family enthusing about the professional, caring and friendly service received.

 

I would highly recommend them.”

Sandra:

“Neil & Dina are designing plans to incorporate our two gardens into one. They have spent time asking questions, discussing likes and dislikes and have come up with a design that fully meets the brief within budget. Their enthusiasm for the project is evident as is their extensive knowledge of plants and design, particularly their expertise in edible plants and environmentally friendly design which really appeals.

Neil and Dina are passionate about their work and this has resulted in ideas we would never have thought of without their assistance and knowledge. At the intial meeting their costs and time scheduling were clearly set out. Soil samples have been taken to make sure the right plants are chosen.

 

A very professional service, highly recommended.”

Linda:

“My previously boring suburban garden has been transformed into my dream by Patch of the Planet. The whole garden flows with soft lines and shapes and paths lead to different areas of interest – a wildflower area with seat tucked away for peace and for watching the bees, a pond surrounded by beautiful ferns logs and more, a herb and medicinal plant area whose path flows through to my greenhouse and an enclosed meditation area as well as flowing areas of lawn.

Neil and Dina listened carefully to what I wanted and gave me suggestions and new ideas. They were very knowledgable and a joy to work with. If I changed my mind about anything they were happy to adapt and discuss my thoughts.

 

My garden is no longer a boring rectangular lawn, it is now a beautiful space that I can enjoy and be proud of. I would highly recommend Patch of the Planet if you want to enjoy the experience of transforming your garden.”

Colette:

“I am absolutely loving working with Patch of the Planet on my garden transformation. I moved into a house where the back garden consisted of a patch of grass, a few paving slabs, a huge shed and not a lot else. I love being outdoors, surrounded by greenery and nature and really wanted to have a positive impact on the environment and wildlife through my garden. This made Patch of the Planet the perfect match for me.

When they visited to view my garden we had a really good chat about what I wanted the end goal to be. I found this hard but they knew the questions to ask to get me thinking about what I wanted to create, how I wanted to use my garden and what elements I needed to have.

 

When they sent the two design options through to me they brought me to tears – in a happy way! I would never have come anywhere close doing this on my own. The way they had included everything I wanted and loads more on top, in a fairly small area, was amazing.

 

Once I’d responded with which of the designs I had chosen to go with they also sent me a planting plan, explaining the reasons for their suggestions which just made so much sense."  

Training courses

 

“That was amazing. I can’t believe how much information is in my head!”

“The delivery was brilliant”

“Not so much a gardening course as a wake-up call to the essence of life and how small acts can make a collective difference.”

“Anyone interested in learning more about gardening and the natural process of growing, then we recommend this course.”

“Thank you both so much for such an inspiring, informative and tailored session last week.  You have given me such a lot to think about.”