When to Start A Permaculture Project?

When to Start A Permaculture Project?

We are often asked when is the best time to start a permaculture project.

If you have decided that permaculture offers you and your family, or your land, the right principles and methods for producing food and providing an ecologically responsible environment for sustainability and self-sufficiency, then you need to read this and find out When to Start A Permaculture Project?


If you have not reached the stage of owning the land just yet, it would be incredibly wise to speak to a permaculture designer and have a consultation first. This is immensely beneficial and can overcome many challenges you may face when looking for and buying land.

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The permaculture design consultant can sit with you and listen to what you want to achieve, your goals, objectives and future ambitions. By doing so they will be able to gain an understanding of what needs to be achieved, what type of land would be required for ultimate success as well as the ideal location.

With the knowledge of your intended plans, the permaculture designer can advise on the best plot of land, whether it needs to be sheltered from the typical local weather, it may be windy, exposed, or prone to flooding.

Useful information that is obtained would help choose the right land

  • Location/convenience
  • Community Impact
  • Soil condition within the area
  • Weather patterns in the area
  • Size of plot, you may be able to save a lot of money realising that you may not need as much space as you first thought!
  • Practicality of the project
  • Advice and guidance on power/water options for the land
  • Advice on Greenbelt, AONB or protected woodland and other protected areas that could affect the project goals.


If you have just purchased your land and looking to seek a permaculture designer then the best time to do this would be immediately after buying the land before you make any major changes.

When to Start A Permaculture Project?

The permaculture designer will need to observe and assess the land to ensure the most successful outcome is achieved. If you begin making changes without consulting your permaculture designer first, it may throw up some hurdles you will both have to work around, which, could be costly and wasteful.

Your permaculture design consultant should be the primary person for which you seek information on the layout and design of the project as it is critical all the elements of the design are planned out to provide ultimate success and future-proof the project.

If you cut corners it will be evident in the near future and will potentially disrupt the balance and flow of the natural resources that will be needed to make the design work at its optimum performance.

The key to remember is, in almost all situations, whether you have bought the land or considering buying the land, or perhaps just thinking of buying the land for your project, a chat with a permaculture design consultant can help you understand what would be involved, how long it can take and provide realistic answers. Some assume that the project will up and running and in full swing within months, when in fact, this isn’t true, permaculture can take time, but the end results are very rewarding.

Once the design has been agreed and work begins, you will have the pleasure of watching it develop and grow, maturing into a haven where food grows with little effort or maintenance, where the wildlife work with you, where nature provides the resources you need.

Whereas a landscape design will become just a beautiful garden that can sustain only the wildlife (assuming no chemicals are used).


If you haven’t reached the point of buying the land, or owning the land but you have a vision to produce free regenerative food in abundance using nature as your tools, then it would also be wise to to seek the support and advice of a permaculture design consultant, who will be able to advise realistically how achievable your goals are.

Again, they can provide information on cost, timeframes, suitability, answer questions you may have on planning or construction for a home, barn etc. They can also provide you with valuable information on local communities, how they would respond, how you can make an income to be self-sufficient and much more.

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