This video explains a little about who I am and my journey with permaculture. It introduces and reflects on the ten permaculture designs that I have created for my diploma. All the photos featured were taken by me at Muddy Boots allotment playgroup, forest school, women’s retreat day and festivals Muddy Boots has been involved in.
A chance meeting on a rainy Welsh hillside in 2007 led to me hearing about Permaculture for the first time. We were struggling to reverse our old Merc 709 camper van up a muddy track when we met another couple in a similar bus. We struck up a friendship and spent a few days camped up together talking about our fears and hopes for the future. The ideas we discussed were familiar but the term ‘Permaculture’ was not and since then I have strove to find out more.
I am studying for a Diploma in applied permaculture design.The aim of this blog is to keep a record of my ideas, plans, activities and designs. The blog can be viewed chronologically, or you can search under a keyword or you can choose to view each completed diploma design in the pages in the header bar.
I have a good-sized garden in the suburbs, access to a community allotment, an ever-changing flock of chickens and aspirations to one day become a smallholder. I am lucky to be supported in these eccentricities by a lovely husband and 3 fabulous children.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND ARTS EDUCATOR
FOREST SCHOOL LEADER AND BUSINESS OWNER
I am passionate about educating people to care for their environment, their own well-being and each other. I feel environmental and arts education are vital in creating sustainable societies that can cope well with the future challenges faced in our ever-changing world.
I have been running a successful Forest school and outdoor education business called Muddy Boots for the last six years. I have a degree in Fine art and have been teaching arts and environmental education in schools, festivals, galleries, and arts centres and in outdoor environments for 20 years.
Diploma in applied Permaculture design 2018
Forest school Leader level 3 qualification 2015
Outdoor and pediatric first aid course 2015 and 2018
Permaculture Design Certificate 2012
Organic gardening course The Eco-house Leicester 2009
PTLLS Adult education teaching certificate 2008
2:1 BA Hons Fine Art De Montfort University 2001
Art Foundation Loughborough college of Art and Design 1998
4 A Levels, Art, Textiles, Geography and English literature 1997
For the last six years I have designed, created and managed an arts and environmental education business called Muddy Boots. I run forest school and allotment playgroup sessions, women’s retreat days, family learning sessions and children’s forest parties. I have taken Muddy Boots to various local festivals and events. I oversee all aspects of the business myself, from the marketing, to the financial records to the delivery of sessions. www.mymuddyboots.org.uk
I have recently completed a diploma in applied Permaculture design. (March 2018) This was five years of self-directed study resulting in ten permaculture designs for a range of situations including a garden design, a design for a community allotment, a business plan, an event and designs to improve health issues. Alongside this study, I have co-taught Introduction to food growing course for adults for TCV and have helped to facilitate and lead sessions on Permaculture design courses. I have been writing a blog about applying permaculture in my life since 2013. www.nurturegreen.wordpress.com
For the last 12 years, whilst raising my three children and running Muddy Boots, I have also been self-employed and have worked for a number of schools and arts organisations. I have worked for Soft Touch Arts leading arts sessions for children with ADHD and Autism. I have worked at Sir Jonathan North Community College many times over 10 years teaching darkroom photography including GCSE and NCFE courses.
Before having my children I worked for The City Gallery, Picture House Centre for Photography and Phoenix Arts Centre. My roles included project management, workshop co-ordination, managing budgets, applying for funding, and most importantly, teaching art, craft, film and photography to children, teenagers, adults and family groups.
I hold a full clean Driving licence, a first aid certificate, a food hygiene certificate and a recent DBS disclosure certificate. References available upon request