Training for Applicants


Current courses:

Sep 10, 2017, Cultivate, Newtown, N. Wales

Oct 14-15, 2017, Coed Talylan, S. Wales

Nov 10-13, 2017, the Centre for Alternative Technology, N. Wales.

Course content

The chief purpose of a course is to create a management plan for a ‘one planet’ project and understand the other requirements, for example, agroecology, land acquisition, measurement and verification, and planning applications. Projects vary from a single household to a neighbourhood, to a town or city. Businesses may also work towards ‘one planet’ status.

The goal of the work is to measure and reduce the project’s total ecological footprint. The plan shows how to achieve this in a sustainable fashion. Below is a description of an introductory course:

An introduction to ‘One Planet’ Development

This exciting course will cover what is involved in a ‘One Planet’ Development.

A ‘One Planet’ Development is a way of living sustainably on the land, making a living, and demonstrating how this is possible not only without harming the planet – but actually healing it!

The practices and skills required are becoming an increasingly vital part of the transition towards more sustainable agriculture and a more sustainable economy.

So horticultural, agricultural and forestry workers can also profit from being aware of the co-benefits of these practices and being trained in the necessary skills.

The course will cover how to find and evaluate suitable land, secure finance, and put together a management plan covering such topics as: crops and animals, regenerative land management, zero carbon building, renewable energy, water provision, ecological sanitation, low carbon transport and generating a viable livelihood by adding value.

We will look at some existing examples and there will be workshops on ecological footprinting, biodiversity surveying, carbon accounting, visual impact, marketing, the cultural and community dimensions and how to navigate the planning system.

You will turn your vision into reality by making a draft of your own management plan and by the end of the course have a thorough overview of what is involved.

A key course book will be David Thorpe’s The One Planet Life: A Blueprint for Low Impact Development.

Please make an enquiry about running a potential course here.