About Us & Profiles
Learning Tree Permaculture specialises in designs for Edible Ecosystems, Foodscapes, Gardens for Wildlife and Agroecology. In additon we also offer assistance with implementation of designs and teaching either on a one-to-one basis or through our courses and workshops. We are a team of freelance designers, teachers and landscapers who work to professional standards and ecological guidelines. Information on members of the team can be found in their profiles below.
The website is a learning and design platform through which our design work, courses, workshops and online learning can be accessed. You will also find informative articles (Roots Blog) and knowledge, guidance and links (Resources).
Chris Hurst - Permaculture Designer & Teacher
PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) – 2010
Permaculture Association (undertaken at Keveral Farm – Cornwall).
AET 3 (Adult Education & Teaching Award) – City & Guilds
PToT (Permaculture Training of Teachers) – GreenLandServices
Currently studying for DAPD (Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design
Who Am I?
Taught by grandparents from a very early age how to grow my own food, forage, save seed, preserve my own food, traditional skills & crafts, and how to be self sufficient and resilient. I was taught that when I grew up I wasn’t allowed to keep this knowledge for myself; I had to teach it to others.
Working in farming for several years throughout my later teen and early adult years, I acquired more knowledge and skills from traditional farmers and smallholders. I also spent many years studying ecology.
After raising my family (whilst working in advice and counselling) I came back to my passion; the land. I undertook my qualification in Permaculture and moved into design work and teaching full time. Last year I finally undertook my official teacher training(s) and got the pieces of paper that said I was qualified to do what I have been doing all my life.
Having always used my knowledge and skills to grow my own food and be as self sufficient as possible, I have spent a lifetime teaching others (anyone who wanted to learn) to do the same.
For the last 10 years I have worked full time; designing edible ecosystems, foodscapes and wildlife gardens, and helping people to implement them. I also teach both on a one-to-one basis and through courses, workshops and talks.
Simon Sherriff - Woodsman, Arborist & Wildlife Landscaper
Learning Tree Permaculture is a member of the Permaculture Association
The Permaculture Association works to radically and positively change the way we live in the UK and actively supports a worldwide movement.