Rescue Earth System
Built by volunteers of the Permablitz System, Permascapes are beautiful multi-purpose public open space gardens located in urban / peri-urban landscapes.
Permascapes are Permaculture Landscapes that are open to the public. They are beautiful nature friendly gardens that are especially created to be a dynamic habitat (refuge) for bees and insects. Birds are prolific too! Permascapes are developed and maintained by Permablitz volunteers.
After the bugs & bees have done the pollinating, and benefited from the nectar and pollen, birds get to devour the fruit / seeds of many shrubs and trees that are purposely planted into Permascapes.
A Permablitz is a rapid makeover / restoration of a property to be more regenerative, resilient and sustainable using permaculture as a guide. The term permablitz is a contraction of permaculture and blitz, where a blitz simply means a focused effort to get something done.
To be defined as a permablitz each project must be underpinned by a permaculture design done by someone with a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) –- the most basic permaculture qualification. Permablitz projects are predominantly in more urban / peri-urban landscapes.
The Permablitz Volunteer System
The rescue.earth Permablitz Volunteer System is geared to offer practical experience to RRSI MOOC students so that they have the skills to rapidly build sustainable communities.
Permascapes Blitz participants (volunteers) get 1 BZ plus 1 RE for every minute they volunteer via the Rescue Earth Sustainability Credit Exchange (South Africa <-> za.rescue.exchange).
Permascapes are often co-developed with other Rescue Earth Initiatives such as: (1) Public Places / Placemaking (2) Walking & Cycling Paths (3) Rain Garden LID Systems (4) Bioremediation Systems (5) Infiltration Swale Systems (6) Community Food Gardens
Food forests are an integral part of Permaculture and most Permascapes have a forest system planted with fruit, nut and indigenous trees.