I have been learning and practising permaculture since 1994. I took my Certificate course in 98/99 and finished my Diploma in 2003. I have been actively practising permaculture in landscape gardening, community gardening, community development work and the Abundant Earth smallholding. I co-ordinate the North East Permaculture Network and the North East Permaculture Diploma group. I am running 2 or 3 permaculture courses every year in the North East and am active as an Assessment Level Diploma Tutor.