Sustainable Education – Inspiring the Next Generation

Permaculture magazine |
Wednesday, 12th March 2014




How do we help our children reconnect with Nature and learn about sustainability, especially when they have never spent time in Nature? Woodlander Ben Law, Permaculture editor, Maddy Harland, and Christine Seaward from the Sustainability Centre, all describe the kind of activities that happen at the centre on the South Downs in England.

The Sustainability Centre, based near East Meon is where the team here at Permaculture magazine and Permanent Publications are based.

Formerly a Naval base, we are now surrounded by sustainable education at the centre that is visited by 3,000 school children a year and where adults also come to learn practical skills like permaculture design, foraging to crafts and music.

We also have some wonderful buildings here (as well as some Cold War architecture that we are slowly retrofitting!). Ben Law built the woodland classroom shown in the film. Come and take a tour and see for yourself.

Global Documentary who made the film and are part of Solent University at Southampton, are running a free live and online presentation with Maddy Harland, William Bloom, Transition New Forest and many other inspiring speakers. For more information and to sign up, see Embrace the Change!

Further resources

Embrace the change – live event and conference

Connected – Be an agent of change from Global Documentary

Check out The World We Made by Jonathon Porrit, Forum for the Future

For more about the Sustainability Centre visit

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