Wilf Richards - Diploma Tutor Profile

Experience, skills and interests
Skills, technical expertise and areas of interest: 

Land Management: veg growing, veg box scheme, compost / soil fertility systems and hen management

Admin Systems: accounts, networks and google groups

Community Development: facilitation and event design

Transition Towns: local food, social enterprise development



Areas of Permaculture Design Experience: 

Since 1996 I have been designing and implementing both private gardens and community gardens. From 2000 my focus changed towards Cookes West Wood, the smallholding that I manage with fellow co-members of co-ops - The Land of Roots and Abundant Earth. Here I have been involved with designs for our pasture management, veg box scheme, self foraging hen system, compost / soil fertility system, research design and admin systems.

I also have extensive facilitation and teaching experience. I have designed and delivered events, meetings and courses. I teach the Permaculture Design Certificate Course in Durham and am actively involved in the local Transition Durham group.


I have been the north east Diploma Tutor since 2010, developing a local teacher and diploma group, carrying out LAND tutorials and managing our site, Abundant Earth, as a LAND centre. I am now a Senior Tutor and currently a member of the Diploma Working Group.


Tutorial information
Taking new apprentices?: 
Use the Email contact form or phone me on 07906 439084
Willing to travel anywhere in Northumberland or Co Durham. Travel expenses required beyond Durham. Arrangement by negotiation.
Default venue for tutorials: 
Either my home or a venue in Durham City
Type of tutorial offered: 
both group and individual
Offering tutoring in the following geographical areas: 
Northern England including Durham and Newcastle but will go from Lake District down to Manchester and across Yorkshire aswell
Diploma Tutor Location: 
United Kingdom
54° 46' 30.9" N, 1° 35' 5.4672" W