Assessment Criteria

You can download an outline of the designs that I hae created for my Diploma below:

Completion of Permaculture Design Course

I undertook my Permaculture Design Course with Angus Soutar in Lancaster and Chorley from May 2011 to February 2012.

I am a current member of the Permaculture Association.

Applying Permaculture for at least two years

I have actively applied Permaculture in my life personally and professionally since my PDC in 2011.

More specific details can be found in my Review of Relevant Activities.

My portfolio my use of Permaculture in my life from 2013 until 2021 and the designs can be loosely categorised as follows:

Action Learning Pathway – Personal Development and ‘inner transition’

Mr Seel’s Garden – Art, Media and Culture, Design Consultancy, Education, Community Development,

HomebirthOther (Health and wellbeing), Personal Development

Nature’s Winter – Design Consultancy, Community Development, Art Media and Culture

Woodland Community Space – Site Development, Community Development

Mud and Culture – Education, Art Media and Culture, Personal Development, Community Development

Winter Salad Garden – Site Development, Personal Development

Love Springwater Park – Action Plan – Organisational Development, Community Development, Site Development

Beginners’ Guide to Invasive Plant Management – Education, Community Development, Research, Site Development

Permaculture LifePersonal

Demonstrating Design Skills

Use of Permaculture ethics, principles and theory as appropriate to the situation.

  • The Permaculture Ethics are explored within every design. A loose outline of how they are reflected in each design is included in each design summary – they are then explored in further detail within the body of the design.
  • I have explored a range of different principles within my portfolio including Holmgren, Starhawk, Mollinson, Mollinson and Slay, and Whitefield. The information about the principles used for each design is included in the respective design summary.
  • I have explored a wide range of associated theory – the information about the resources that I have used for each design is included in the respective design summary.

Make accurate and appropriate use of intentional design processes.

  • I have explored a range of different design processes within my portfolio including SADMIET, The Design Web, Jasmine Dale’s Permaculture Design Companion, The Simplest Design Process – James Chapman, Appreciative Enquiry, GOBREDIM and Dragon Dreaming. The information about the process used for each design is included in the respective design summary.

Show that you can produce designs that include land and social elements.

Use a wide variety of design tools.

  • I have used a wide variety of design tools within my portfolio. The information about the tools used for each design is included in the respective design summary.

Create designs that are intelligible, coherent and effective.

  • All of the designs are presented coherently and clearly in an online portfolio that is accessible to all – the accessibility of how my work is presented has been a key priority for me during my Diploma.

Choose and produce appropriate presentation and documentation for clients and third parties

  • I have presented and documented my designs in a range of different forms in order to meet the context of the different projects.
  • Mr Seel’s Garden included a performance element sharing local food stories at The Bluecoat in Liverpool.
  • Love Springwater Park – Action Plan included a range of participatory tools and elements to reflect the way that it needed to reflect multiple voices from the local community.
  • Nature’s Winter made use of Basecamp throughout to share and collaborate, working towards the presentation of work within an exhibition.
  • Mud and Culture – made use of a Facebook group to communicate with participants in the group that was created.
  • Beginners’ Guide to Invasive Plant Management – created a downloadable pdf guide sharing the experiences of a volunteer park friends group that I am involved with, with other volunteer groups doing similar work.

Present ten designs

  • I have created a portfolio of ten designs which is available online

Show you have achieved fluency with design processes and tools

  • I have provided an evaluation with each design to reflect upon the success of each design and the tools and framework that I have used.
  • I have undertaken a reflection at the end of each design to reflect upon my learning and to demonstrate the way that my confidence and fluency has grown.

Applying Permaculture in your own life