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  1. Cultivate: Traditional practical skills for women of the future

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    As three women working in the woodland industry, Cultivate observe the under-representation of women in this sector. Its work is gratifying and ecologically sound; contributing to the regeneration of woodlands, and reducing the ‘need’ for cheap imports. Cultivate finds that this work constantly reminds us of our place in the fragile ecosystem.

    Cultivate is keen to get young women out into the woods to develop their own relationship with the natural world through practical activities. Through these activities, they may be motivated into lifework which supports environmental regeneration, and challenges gender roles and wealth accumulation as indicators of success.

    Over time, it hopes to acquire a woodland base, practicing agro-ecology, where young women can develop skills to become mentors to the next generation.

  2. Todmorden Strawbale Hotel

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    Todmorden Strawbale Hotel (TSbH) was formed in November 2016 as a vehicle for a development on a brownfield site in Todmorden town centre.

    Given the use of the site in recent years for community growing and festivals, people stated that they wished the land to continue to be freely accessible for social and community purposes.

    TSbH imagined a business owned by the community, for the community, to design, build and operate a strawbale hotel and events centre. There will be opportunities for local people to develop skills in natural building methods; the community will be able to hold events and accommodate visitors in an environmentally responsible way; the visitor economy will develop to the benefit of all; and the building will be an exemplar of innovative and sustainable community action.

  3. Transition Network

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    The Transition Network was set up in 2007. The Transition Hubs and Transition Network set up the Municipalities in Transition project in early 2017. The project is collecting and publicising cases where Transition groups and municipalities have worked together to create much greater impact towards sustainability and regeneration, with already more than 70 examples worldwide.

    It is creating a recommended framework to help community groups and municipalities work together, and will launch an innovative pilot programme and set up an international community of practice.

    It continues to deepen relationships with influencers and decision-makers at EU, national, regional and municipality level. The Municipalities in Transition project means it can step up in this influencing work, to reach policy makers.

  4. Landworkers’ Alliance

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    LWA was established in 2013 to provide a collective political voice for UK farmers, growers and woodland workers, to advance the principles of Food Sovereignty by strengthening their capacity to meet UK food, fuel and fibre needs.

    It combines political campaigning with training and solidarity events. It now have 800 members across the UK and has established a strong political presence through its publications, meetings, and alliances.

    As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, there is an opportunity to lobby the UK government to allocate significant funds to organic horticulture in its Post-Brexit Agricultural Policy. It has already formed a Horticulture Working Group, published a policy paper and started building relationships with other organisations to create a unified voice.

  5. London Grown Workers’ Co-operative

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    London Grown is a not-for-proft workers’ co-operative that’s building a co-operatively run ecological community food hub in London – increasing local access to fresh, healthy and affordable food and community space. It’s committed to the values of regenerative agriculture; aiming to restore derelict land. It operates over two sites in London: Pasteur Gardens (PG) and the Wolves Lane Centre (WL), collaborating with local groups in an area of significant social deprivation, to transform these previously derelict sites into productive community spaces.

    It gained access to PG in April 2016 and has: made it accessible to the public; dedicated two acres to food production; installed essential infrastructure and an accessible education hub. It recently won a 25-year lease to develop the WL site into a community food hub.

  6. International Permaculture Education Network (IPEN)

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    The need for the International Permaculture Education Network (IPEN) was identified in 2015 when experienced permaculture tutors from across the world considered Permaculture education’s next big steps – the need for greater collaboration and coherence among permaculture teachers.

    Steve and Lachlan took on the challenge and started networking with others, informally initially, then formed IPEN as a member project of the UK Permaculture Association in September 2017. IPEN aims to increase the coherence and effectiveness of permaculture education globally.

    IPEN working groups are now working globally to: create new education resources, support demonstration projects and teacher training, develop new core courses and model curricula, and share permaculture educational resources widely in many languages.