Helen Pitel - Educator Profile


I first taught Permaculture in 2000, but my interest goes back much further than that to being a teenage eco-warrior in the 1970s. I had read 'Silent Spring' and 'Small is Beautiful' and I got angry about the 'oil crisis'. I wanted to work in organic farming, but the sector was very small then, and I didn't find anything. Much later, living in London I reconnected with the Soil Association and I started teaching organic gardening. Since 2000 I have settled in Stroud, which is the quirkiness capital of the Cotswolds. It's a town bubbling with lively sustainable ideas and projects, making it a vibrant, happy place to be. I now live at Tin Bath House, which is a one acre plot on a slanty Cotswold hill. Here I grow enormous squashes with no outside inputs and look after the wildlife including rare crickets. Tin Bath House is part of the Permaculture Association LAND network, and we welcome vistors and host HelpX volunteers.
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.eathay.wordpress.com

Qualifications and skills

BA (Oxon) Agricultural and Forest Science 1980. 
RHS General Examination in Horticulture 1992. 
Permaculture Design Course 1999. 
PGCE in Adult, Further, Higher and Adult Education 2005. 

Skills, technical expertise and areas of interest: 

Growing food, flowers, herbs, hedges and trees.  No-dig growing methods.  Plant propagation. 
Biodiversity and wildlife. 
The geology and soils of the Cotswolds.  
Sustainability and community action. 
Green Housekeeping. 
Ergonomic gardening tools and gardening techniques for the less physically able.

Areas of Permaculture Design Experience: 

Land based project planning and implementation since 1999, including small organic growing/box scheme, various gardens and community projects.

Teaching Information

Please contact me for details.