Graham Bell - Educator Profile

Biography

Born In England lived in Scotland for last thirty years.  Have a Masters degree in English Language and Linguistics from Oxford University.  Qualified as an Electrical Engineer aged thirty.  Have been involved with Permaculture since mid 1980's.  Attended first PDC in UK in 1988 and was fin first group to gain the Diploma (and the right to issue diplomas) from Bill Mollison in 1990.  Also gained Permaculture Serrvice Award that year.  Edited Permaculture Magazine for a couple of years.  Trained as an instructor with Agricultural Training Board, now renamed Lantra.  Trained as a trainer of trainers with them.  Was lead instructor for the Countryside Premium Scheme in Scotland.  He is an Accredited Teacher with both the Permaculture Association in Britain and Permaculture Research Institute in Australia.  In 2017 he was awarded Honorary Permaculture Elder status by David Holmgren in Perth WA.
Have taught Permaculture on five continents including full PDCs in Australia, Cyprus, England, France, Guinea, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Guinee, Scotland, Senegal, Sweden and shorter courses in these countries and Slovenia, contributed to courses in Portugal, Romania, Spain.
A member of the Hazel Guild Graham co-operates with three other Scottish based teachers on curriculum convergence and course coverage.  We also commit to assist others gain teaching expereince and advance to the diploma.  He is an adjudicator for the SCOTLand project and a mentor for the PAB Diploma programme, having many international clients.
Graham's books: The Permaculture Way, and The Permaculture Garden and standard texts for introducing Permaculture in a very readable way and have sold many thousand copies world wide.  New translations always welcome!  His articles are sought after in a wide range of publications.
Graham and his wife Nancy live at Garden Cottage in the Scottish Borders, which according to Permaculture Magazine is the oldest intentional Food Forest Garden in Britain.  Courses and open days at this venue are especially popular as numbers are strictly limited.  Graham welcomes invitations to teach elsewhere.  Their son Sandy is following in the family footsteps and is chair elect of the |Permaculture Association in Britain.

Qualifications and skills
Qualifications: 

MA (Oxon) FRSA FCIM Dip PermInst
Many short courses including: Risk Assessment, Health & Safety, First Aid, Agroforestry, Pruning, Grafting, City & Guilds in Electrical Engineering, VQs in Training,and  Assessment.



Skills, technical expertise and areas of interest: 

Particularly strong on Forest Gardens and Agroforestry, Food Preservation, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Transport, Building Construction & Maintenance, Money systems and alternatives, building personal assets.  Has mentored over a thousand early stage and start-up businesses.



Areas of Permaculture Design Experience: 

Large scale regional designs for energy and transport systems.  Designs for agroforestry down to forest garden scale systems.  Mostly interested in teaching others design skills to enable self-empowerment.  Has co-created a charity (Abundant Borders) tow ork with people experiencing food poverty through Community Development.

Teaching Information

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