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Street Tree and Edible Verge Workshop

September 6, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


For those interested in “creating productive streets and resilient communities” 

About the workshop
It makes perfect sense to plant useful multi functional tree species in our city, suburban and country streets. Be it for food, timber or animal forage, these types of plants increase the wealth, options, resilience and security of a community and make good use of limited space. In some countries productive street tree plants are common like Barcelona in Spain where citrus trees frequently appear on the street. Japan is the home of the prunus. In Australia oaks line the streets of Canberra and mangos and macadamias are common in Queensland.

But where do you start and how do you go about it? There are many things to consider for your street tree planting so if you want it to be successful and get it right the first time then this workshop is for you.

Workshop Outcomes
This workshop takes you through the process of street tree planting and provides a checklist of things to do and consider through the whole process – from planning and design phase before you commence, to the planting and construction, to the on-going care and maintenance. You will leave the workshop with a design of your street and a good checklist of things you need to consider and do before you start the construction. You will also have the inspiration, courage and confidence you need to commence and know exactly where to start and how to go about it.

Workshop program
The day involves looking at different street design options from around the world, species and planting options and a range of other issues.  It also includes preparing a design draft for your street.

  • Things to consider and do before you start
  • Suitable design options for different types of streets
  • How to do a design for your street
  • Selecting suitable plant species for your street and issues such as: species appropriate to your street; sun & shade patterns; micro climates; the form and mature size of different species; pest & diseases resistant species; the functions of species; the maintenance required; the longevity of the plant; harvest time; fruit drop impact; impacts of design; health and safety; dogs; pollution aspects (lead absorption) vandalism and theft
  • Planting techniques such as: multi-layering comprising a tall middle and lower/groundcover; planting with companions; guilds and legumes
  • Maintenance issues such as pruning; mulching; fertilising; watering; harvesting
  • Traffic, street and pedestrian issues such as power lines; easements; council and legal considerations; traffic safety; constriction of views and more
  • Drawing a design of your street.

About the trainer
Penny Pyett is the director of the Permaculture Sydney Institute, an institute she is currently developing with others as a permaculture eEducation and demonstration centre on 55 acres in St Albans on the outskirts of Sydney. Penny has extensive knowledge and experience in permaculture, horticulture, community development, management and business. Over the last ten years Penny has been teaching permaculture and horticulture courses for community organisations and at various colleges for TAFE NSW including Introduction to Permaculture; Permaculture Design Certificate and Gardening for People with disabilities courses. Through TAFE outreach she also teaches permaculture design courses for school and community garden groups, facilitating groups with the design and development of their own school or community garden.

In 2002 Penny completed her PDC with Bill Mollison and since then has played a leading management role with Permaculture Sydney North (the leading group of Permaculturalists in the Sydney bioregion) on the management committee and as President (2005-09). She was one of the key initiators and the national coordinator of National Permaculture Day and convener for the National Permaculture Convergence APC9 in 2010.

In 1999 Penny designed and developed her own urban permaculture garden at Ryde, which has won numerous awards and acknowledgment for best sustainable eco-garden and edible landscapes.

A community development worker for many years, for both local government and the community services sector, Penny has worked with many individuals and community groups in developing programs and services for their communities as well as neighborhood precinct committees. She has provided facilitative training for community groups, schools and organisations for over 20 years.

As the sometime owner of successful secondhand businesses, Penny likes to reduce waste and re-use second-hand materials in landscape design that is functional and aesthetic.

As well as quality permaculture and sustainability education, the Permaculture Sydney Institute (PSI) also offers permaculture consultation, design and community development and group facilitation services.

Part LETS accepted. 10% discount for PSI members (if you have completed a PSI workshop in the last 12 months)


September 6, 2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Karonga School Epping
Karonga Close (off Dent Street)
Epping, NSW 2121 Australia
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Photographs of your street, house and area you would be planting; note book and pen; camera; any survey plans you might have; any council laws or publications concerning your street. All other materials and handouts supplied.
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Workshop, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, course materials