Echo Earth Care

Carole's Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design

In 2009 I moved to North Queensferry, Fife, with my husband Scott, and having always had a passion for the environment, I joined the North Queensferry Transition Initiative (NQTI). The Transition Network is a global network of communities all working to build a better world for future generations that is resilient to the challenges of climate change and peak oil. It was at my first NQTI meeting that I first heard of Permaculture. One of the members of NQTI was kind enough to lend me a few copies of Permaculture Magazine which my Scott and I both read from cover to cover. We were hooked on Permaculture.

A year later we blessed with a healthy baby boy and our desire to leave him with a world worth inheriting grew stronger, so Scott and I booked ourselves on an Introduction to Permaculture weekend with Permaculture teacher Ed Tyler. It was a weekend of total inspiration. We came home and immediately booked to do our Permaculture Design Certificate with James Chapman where we met some amazing friends, learned a whole load of design tools and started changing our world day by day, bit by tiny bit, until we eventually came to the conclusion that we wanted to radically transform our lives to give our son Euan the best future possible.

We sold our house in North Queensferry, bought a small holding a few miles away in Aberdour with the aim to be as self sufficient as possible, and I started working on my Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design, working again with James Chapman. This website chronicles our adventures in Permaculture and documents my diploma design projects. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy implementing them.