Permaculture Design Consultancy

Imagine, Design, Plan and Create fruitful and resilient land and people-scapes that complement and enhance the natural world.

Feed humans and animals

Work and play in healthy environments

Save money and time on maintenance

Reduce the impact of system shocks
(flooding, drought, neglect)

Provide wildlife habitat

Strengthen communities

Restore healthy ecosystems

Increase outputs and decrease inputs over time

Design Consultancy Options:

Remote Advice by Phone / Skype / Email

A scheduled chat about your project, particular issues and suggestions for moving forwards.

Site Walkabout and Chat

Half or full day onsite, observational walk-about considering aspirations and issues. Spontaneous advice and suggestions followed up with an optional additional brief written report of the visit outlining the key points and recommendations. Site walkabout with a video camera is an option here where the client need not be present.

Broad Concept Planning

Bird’s-eye view plan for the project/site, Drawings, plans and recommendations, for the main frame of a design.

Detailed Design

Detailed analysis and recommendations, including specific planting plans, implementation plans, budgets, resource management and supported evolution of the project where required.

Implementation and Project Management

Organisation and facilitation of implementation of a Permaculture design, eg: project management, subcontracting, community planting days, often but not necessarily always with an educational element.

Participatory design process with individuals, organisations, groups and institutes

This includes institutions such as schools and colleges. A 1-3 day workshop on site, or a series of sessions with an individual or a group of people working together to learn the basics of Permaculture in relation to your project, -observe and analyse the project/site, clarify a vision, identify needs, develop solutions and produce a Permaculture design and plan. This can also become an on-site Permaculture design course with more of an educational emphasis and be open to participants who are not directly involved in the project.

Walking a site for permaculture design

Permaculture Design Process:

Permaculture design connects the landscape and it’s users together. Maps and plans will be required in advance of a consultation, and then we get out on site and gather as much information as possible from the land, the residents -animals and human!- and the neighbours.

The degree of participation is optional:

  1. Full design (and implementation) participation takes more time at the beginning but has the benefits of education and the users really knowing how the system works. In the long run this enables users to maximise the yields and the use of the space as it matures. Users will be able to manage and maintain the development of the project – saving you money and rewarding you in other ways!
  2. Where this is not feasible the minimum required is a client interview involving all users. This can takes the form of meetings in person, participatory session or at minimum a survey.
  3. We also work  as project Permaculture consultants in collaboration with landscapers, architects and other professionals. We welcome new partners in this option.

Feedback/communication process

At least one ‘anchor’ person is required, with whom communication can be easily made and who is engaged in the design process. Normally, the main client, this can also be a group of people for a more inclusive end result.

Research and Design

This can be participatory or in-studio, Where relevant I collaborate with and refer to other professionals and practitioners to access the best expertise on each area of the project.

Reports and Plans

Consultancy options that include an element of sketches, drawings, plans, reports and recommendations, can often be done in studio and sometimes onsite. The more maps and plans available from you, the easier and quicker this process can be.


Depending on the scale, timeframe and type of project Earthcare can project manage, and/or recommend contractors and specialists to carry out the implementation of a design.

designing your site for permaculture


For intial site visits we charge a one off fee per visit, plus a mileage fee.

For ongoing consultation processes we typically begin with an initial site visit followed by further seasonal visits plus research, analysis, reports, drawings and design plans drawn up at our studio in Roscommon.

Studio based work is charged at an hourly rate.

Implementation costs are generally quoted for by sub-contractors with whom we partner plus an hourly project management fee.

Overall fees depends on the scale, level of detail, report, drawing and guidance required.

Estimates are intended to be reasonably accurate but are non-binding!

The intention is to bring working projects to life, as such, text and graphics will be draft by default unless otherwise stated as necessary – full drawings take considerably longer and become more costly.

Fees can be flexible, with consideration to the ‘8 forms of capital

Earthcare’s Permaculture Design Consultancy provides cohesion, direction and detail, specific to the needs of each project.

Having an overall design to work from or simply some onsite design-focused input helps to move your project forward step-by-step towards the results you want. Instead of getting bogged down in the details, without the knowledge, skills or time to fit it all together, take a step back and see a big picture view. Work with the natural characteristics of the site, connect the dots and design spaces that really provide for human needs while regenerating natural systems.

Permaculture Design Consultancy Project - Public Spaces

Permaculture Design Consultancy Projects

Private Garden – Beautiful and productive spaces – fresh herbs, berries, fruit and nuts, and vegetables plus water management, wildlife habitat, small animal systems, a lovely, natural place to play and spend time in whether a large or small garden.

Public & Community – Rural and urban spaces and places that responsibly manage water, increase biodiversity,are beautiful, productive and edible, rewild your community, provide for recreation, contribute to air quality in urban areas, sequester carbon, educate and reconnect people to land, nature and each other and offer opportunities for community engagement.

Business Premises/Commercial – Restaurant, cafe and pub gardens, parks and outdoor sites, office gardens, and surrounding landscapes that are engaging, low maintenance and provide local resources for your business, staff and your eco-system.

Smallholding – Increased efficiency and decreased workload by simple lay out, energy cycling systems, water and fertility management and structures designed to maximise energy efficiency.

Farm – Closed loop systems that produce no waste and make the most of the available resources, layout and management plans based on integrated regenerative agriculture for resilience, stability and healthy soils, plants, water, animals and people.

House/Architecture – Pre-architect concept design, for renovation and new build for maximum energy efficiency, using natural materials, and having minimum impact on the landscape.

Events – Festivals and gatherings as leaders of positive environmental and social change, no waste, local resources, reinvestment in earth and people care, connected and supportive social structures.

Permaculture Design Consultancy in Private gardens