Sarah Pugh is fantastic
Big up for Sarah Pugh, from permaculture Bristol and Transition City Bristol and old mate of mine, who led the teaching on the course this year. It was the first time well certainly for me anyway, that I had worked on a full 2 week course without the priceless input of Mike Feingold. Mike's knowledge and experience is so vast that its easy to end thinking that its not really a proper course with out his particular brand of genius. But I think this year we have both begun to realise that we have actually a vast amount of experience ourselves, that we in turn need to value more.
Anyway suffice to say it was great, IMO SP is particularly good at the people side of it, valuing people, valuing their contributions and making everybody feel like they are part of the group. She is a particularly good group facilitator, which is such big part of the whole experience of being on a 2 week course. Anyway, blah blah, nice one Sarah.
We also had the pleasure of working with Mr Steve Pickup, the willow man who did a great presentation on working with willows and willows and permaculture, before running a series of practical workshops making basket work edging for some of our forest garden beds. This worked really well, and not only is the garden now looking great as a result, it was one of those workshops that at least a few people really engage with. There is something almost primeval about weaving, it must one of the old technologies of all. I am keen to more basketry next year and make a few more things, although we get a fantastic hazel and willow bean climber as well this year.