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One Planet Life

  • Fri 22nd - Mon 25th June 2018.
    Course starts at 10am and ends at 4pm on the last day.
    Course fee £200 (not including food or accommodation).

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Your tutor for this course will be David Thorpe.

This exciting course will help you prepare for starting and living on a 'One Planet' Development.

A 'One Planet' Development is a way of living sustainably on the land, making a living, and demonstrating how this is possible not only without harming the planet – but actually healing it.

'One Planet' Developments (OPDs) are supported in Wales' planning legislation under Technical Advice Note 6. To apply for planning permission you have to produce a management plan. In other parts of the UK different rules apply but the principles are very similar.

What distinguishes this approach from others is that by modelling and measuring the effectiveness of what you do, you can really know and prove that it works – or where it doesn't.

The idea is that groups of individuals or families can set up zero-carbon homes and land-based businesses such as horticulture and agro-forestry where they otherwise wouldn't be allowed.

OPDs typically add value to their produce to bring in an income using a 'one planet' label, and provide valuable services to the local community. At the same time they will reduce their ecological footprints, diversify what the land can produce with regenerative agriculture and help the land adapt to climate change.

The practices and skills required for 'one planet' development are becoming an increasingly vital part of the transition towards more sustainable agriculture and a more sustainable economy.

So horticultural, agricultural and forestry workers can also profit from being aware of the co-benefits of these practices and being trained in the necessary skills.

The course will cover how to find and evaluate suitable land, secure finance, and put together a management plan covering such topics as: crops and animals, regenerative land management, zero carbon building, renewable energy, water provision, ecological sanitation, low carbon transport and generating a viable livelihood by adding value.

We will look at some existing examples and there will be workshops on ecological footprinting, biodiversity surveying, carbon accounting, visual impact, marketing, the cultural and community dimensions and how to navigate the planning system.

You will turn your vision into reality by making a draft of your own management plan and by the end of the course have a thorough overview of what is involved.

A key course book will be David Thorpe's The One Planet Life: A Blueprint for Low Impact Development (Routledge 2015).

There'll be more informal evening sessions to discuss specific aspects of your project and work on your plan. There's a lot to get through and the course will be intensive with a programme of lectures, discussions, practical tasks and guided self work on your own plan. It's desirable for you to bring your own laptop with Excel if possible but CAT also has desktop computers you can use.

Stay at CAT.

We also have a variety of food and board options available at CAT including full board, half board and self-catering.
Full board from 10th - 13th Nov is just £174 based on sharing a twin room with en-suite.
Want to arrive the night before the course or stay on after the course? Add an additional nights B&B for just £40 per person.
Prefer the bedroom to yourself? That's an extra £20/night for single occupancy.
Self-catering bunk house £25 per night.

Call us on 01654 704966 to book.

Things you need to know

You must be over the age of 18 on the day this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

• Book Online- the “Book online” button is either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details.

Please note: a £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

The balance of the course fee is due 28 days before the start of the course.

Our course fees include full board accommodation, tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) The £100 deposit and 1 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) For courses of 2 days or more when you give us this notice of cancellation:
• 28 days or more – refund minus your £100 deposit.
• 8 to 27 days notice – refund minus your £100 deposit for sales of £200 or under. On sales over £200 - 50% refund.
• 7 days notice or under – no refund.
c) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.


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