Event Details

  • When: Friday, 06 April 2018
  • When:  6th - 8th April 2018

    Where:  Emerson College, Forest Row, Sussex

    Workshop Prices:

    Residential (workshop, accommodation & delicious biodynamic/organic vegetarian meals) -  £285 (early-bird price £260 available until March 16th)

    Non - Residential (workshop & meals) -  £165 (early-bird price £140 available until March 16th) 

    Booking Info:  Click here to book

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: One Planet Development

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: One Planet Development

A sustainable living workshop with inspirational author and environmentalist David Thorpe. 

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!

This weekend intensive practical course will leave you with ideas, practical plans and a rough route map towards making this change yourself. Over the weekend, we will cover how to find and evaluate suitable land, cost the project, and put together a management plan covering such topics as: regenerative land management, zero carbon building, renewable energy, water provision, ecological sanitation, low carbon transport, crops and animals, and generating a viable livelihood by adding value.

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

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. Groups of individuals or families can set up zero-carbon homes and land-based businesses such as horticulture and agro-forestry.

Practitioners 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.

'One Planet' Developments (OPDs) are supported in Wales under Technical Advice Note 6. In other parts of the UK different planning rules apply but the principles are similar, and will be discussed.

To apply for planning permission you have to produce a management plan. During the course you will turn your vision into evolving 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).


About the tutor

David Thorpe is a Founder/Patron of the One Planet Council and a valued author, journalist, consultant, leader and inspirational speaker in the fields of environmental matters, rural and urban sustainability, and carbon-free energy. The author of over 13 books and 1000s of articles on these subjects (as well as speculative fiction) he lectures in one planet development at the University of Wales Trinity St David and runs workshops around the country. He believes strongly in using his detailed knowledge of environmental technologies, science, legislation and best practice at all levels, from individuals to rural development, agro-ecology to cities, in order to show the multiple benefits that are available from positive change. He is an expert at interpreting complex information in an engaging, straightforward way, and has run many workshops and courses on topics from scriptwriting to sustainability. His guiding principles include taking a holistic perspective, adherence to proven techniques, and eco-minimalism.