Permaculture Northern Beaches

Manly • Warringah • Pittwater | Sydney


Permaculture Northern Beaches

Manly • Warringah • Pittwater | Sydney


Permaculture Northern Beaches (PNB) is a local group of Permaculture Sydney North, and based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

PNB hold monthly permaculture related events on the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:15pm at the  Nelson Heather Community Centre,  Banksia Room, 5 Jacksons Rd, Warriewood (off Pittwater rd near Warriewood Square). Check events page for the next meeting. All welcome!


News and Events

News and Events



Sunday, May 7, 2017
9:00am – 6:00pm

  • TALKS!

International Permaculture Day is annually celebrated around the world on the first Sunday in May. It is Australia's best export!  Join us on the Northern Beaches for three inspiring open garden tours as well workshops on aquaponics, coffee making, bee keeping and much more.

1. BUNGAN EDIBLE SANCTUARY: 7 Beach Road, Newport

    Please start this fantastic day at easily the biggest permi garden around! This humongous garden is set on the beachtop headland, spanning three properties, and consists of a vast array of fruit trees, huge raised beds, chickens, worm farms, self watering systems, honey and native bees and a huge pool to pond conversion with over 200 trout.
  • 10am-10.30am - AQUAPONICS TALK with Charlie Bacon from ECOLICIOUS
    Aquaponics refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture with hydroponics in a symbiotic environment. Ever wanted to grow your own fish to eat, harvest your veges and have it almost completely sustainable, well now you can with this amazing system. Please join Charlie and the Bungan crew around the pool for this interesting talk, we may even get time to throw a line in.
  • 10.30 - 11.30am - PNB SEED SAVERS MEET, GREET AND TALK
    Join the crew to learn and talk in the ancient art of saving seeds , Bring your own, swap and buy seeds all grown locally.


2. MONA MAGIC:  22 Minmai Rd, Mona Vale

  • 12.00-12.45 - GARDEN TOUR with Matt Wilson
    Another fantastic garden with over 35 fruit and nut trees, a lot of them exotic. A unique sloping block with an aquaponics system built into the landscape, chickens, ducks, ponds plus bee hives scattered throughout the garden. The bonsais are maintained by integrated water systems and it also keeps the veggies from drying out. Loads packed in, come check it out.

  • 12.45- 1.30 - HONEY BEE TALK with HONEY I'M HOME
    Join award winning honey experts Mark and Caroline on a talk about bees and honey! How they make it? Why? The importance of pollination and the state of our bees. Bring your questions and take home some local raw honey.


3. GRAND FINALE!  2 Samuel Street, Mona Vale

  • 2pm-3pm - GARDEN TOUR
    Just up the road lies our final garden , another hugely productive level garden with numerous established fruit trees all bearing fruit. Dragon fruit, pomegranate and persimmon just to name a few.  A vast array of veggies but a spectacular coffee hedge laiden with beans is the true attraction.
  • 3pm-4pm - COFFEE TALK
    Why do we pay $4.50 for a coffee? Because there actually is a load of work involved before that sweet nectar hits our lips, come and learn how to harvest, dry, shell, roast, grind and FINALLY pour the perfect coffee. With a professional barista on call all day to serve it up, this hands on experience will be one to remember.
  • 2pm – 5pm TIME TO PARTY!
    So bring the kids, let them dance to the live music in the garden, enjoy a wine or a cuppa, talk to experienced gardeners from Permaculture Northern Beaches who will be available at the permaculture stall, along with other various stalls, fun kids activities, plant sales, raffles and many more.


Get involved with Permaculture & your community on the Northern Beaches!
Please note the gardens opening and closing times as there will be a strict “gates closed” policy, except the last one, which may run into the night…
Entry to gardens is by donations with all proceeds going back into your community group Permaculture Northern Beaches

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What is Permaculture?

Earth Care • People Care • Fair Share

What is Permaculture?

Earth Care • People Care • Fair Share

Permaculture, (permanent + agriculture) is a term coined by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. Permaculture is a design system for sustainable human habitation.  A major focus is the sustainable and harmonious use of resources for safe food production.  It is based on 12 practical integrated design principles and methods modelled on the natural world. These principles can be applied to both urban and rural environments.

We acknowledge that the development of Permaculture philosophy and practice has included significant contributions derived from organic agricultural systems from across the world. We came from the land and through Nature’s wisdom we learn better ways to live.

What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don’t know what a truly sustainable future is going to be like, but we do need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways, and permaculturists are one of the critical groups that are doing that.
— Dr David Suzuki, world renowned geneticist, environmental scientist and activist

What is Permaculture Northern Beaches?

Our purpose is to: Educate • Connect • Influence • Inspire • Support • Protect • Make a difference

What is Permaculture Northern Beaches?

Our purpose is to: Educate • Connect • Influence • Inspire • Support • Protect • Make a difference


Our primary purpose is to share knowledge, resources, hands-on experience and friendship with a growing community of like-minded individuals who care about the production of safe food and the practice of sustainability.  

PNB is committed to the principle and practice of ecological sustainability.  We aim to achieve this through educating ourselves and others by sharing experience, knowledge and practical skills. Our guiding ethics are ‘Earth care, people care, fair share’.

We aim to: Educate – Connect – Influence – Inspire – Support – Protect – Make a difference

We encourage:

  • Membership for those interested in learning about Permaculture and sustainability by:  
  • Participation in local fairs and expos to promote the benefits of Permaculture
  • Advocacy of significant environmental and social issues relevant and of interest to our community.



Member benefits include:

  • Regular visits (Permatours) to members’ and other open-gardens
  • Participation in reciprocal Permabees (permaculture working bees) in members’ gardens
  • Sharing, swapping, selling: seeds, produce, food and equipment
  • Opportunities for networking and friendship with like-minded people
  • Expert speakers and interesting events/ films at monthly meetings
  • Participation in Living Skills workshops
  • Information about a range of courses
  • Ongoing opportunities to increase knowledge and skills
  • The opportunity to participate in and contribute to the activities of our group and take action locally through projects, education and advocacy.



Want to GET involved?

You can be as involved as much or as little as you want. Here's some ways to get involved in the group.