Allyn River Permaculture

Permaculture demonstration farm in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia

Permaculture is a design system and philosophy that emulates the patterns in nature to holistically and sustainably integrate the physical and social needs of people and the ecosystem.

Winter Permaculture Design Certificate

Peter Brecknock will be co-teaching a Winter PDC with

Penny Pyett at the Sydney Permaculture Institute

on 4-16  July 2016 at Bandusia

The PDC Course commences 4th July and runs until 16th July (with a weekend break in between).  It is an intensive two-week course (residential for most) that extends and builds on your Introductory Education of Permaculture and delves deeper into the fundamentals of design. This is for anyone wanting to learn more to develop their farm or home garden; work professionally in Permaculture; work abroad; or delivering training or other permaculture services in a professional capacity.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS refer to Sydney Permaculture Institute web site

Happy Wwoofer

My time at with Peter at Allyn River Permaculture was a  real immersion on a ‘walk the talk’ regenerative lifestyle. Heaps of practical work were accompanied by Peter’s tireless sharing of information during the day. Vegetable garden, food forest, water harvesting, irrigation systems … you name it and Peter has it working and is ready to show you how it all works. At night time Peter would share his designs and knowledge (not to mention his huge permaculture multimedia library), talk about his projects and answer questions about my own. All this over amazing fresh and nutritious meals and some good wine. Thank you Peter! You’re truly an inspiration and I’m looking forward to spend some more time working with you.
Eurico Vianna (PE Teacher, Social Scientist and Permaculturist)

July to December 2016 Programme





Wwoofing at Allyn River Permaculture

Here at Allynbrook I had a very comfortable room, ate good food and did a variety of jobs, such as maintaining the vegetable and fruit areas, restoring the river bank and clearing areas for farm forestry. There are always new projects here and Peter welcomes ideas from other people.

Peter teaches the permaculture design certificate and other gardening courses. He has much knowledge of various ways of farming and gardening and he as many good books and dvd’s and computer files you can look at. He was also very helpful in recommending some of the other wwoof hosts in this area. One of his students from the PDC has created a very interesting permaculture garden on one acre. It’s worth seeing.

There are fish and eels in the river if you like fishing, and there is a good swimming hole in river too.




Spring has sprung and so have the Bananas

Our banana circle in the zone 1 garden supports 5 mother plants and 5 pups, the centre of the circle is where we place all our kitchen waste and garden pruning’s. The bananas were planted in 2011 and continue to grow well with one hand forming late last summer.

Spring has now sprung and we now have three more flowers, so 2013 may be our year to have a banana glut.

Increased Production

We have constructed two new netted tunnels, one in Zone 1 for quick pick vegetables, particularly Asian greens. The other in our Zone 2 orchard area, this will enclose figs grown as espalier form in the centre of the tunnel, blue berries, currents, strawberries and a grape vine together an additional 20m2 of vegetable beds.

We can sleep at night knowing that our crop is safe from the Bower birds, flying foxes, mico bats, possums, bandicoots, kangaroos and rabbits, and during daylight our free range chickens.

The tunnels have been constructed using star pickets at about 3 metre centres supporting 40mm poly pipe hoops covered with bird netting, around the base we have used a 500mm high fence of heavy duty chicken wire to keep out the more aggressive scrumpers.

The raised bed within the tunnel are edged with timber fence rails, our soil is from on site with the addition of our cow manure and compost.


International Permaculture Day  

5th May 2013

Allyn River Permaculture farm was open for International Permaculture Day on Sunday 5th May 2013

The day was great success with approx. 20 people visiting the farm.

For more details log onto

Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Gloucester NSW,

Peter Brecknock has just completed teaching a Permaculture Design Certificate in March 2013 at Gloucester NSW  The course was sponsored by the Gloucester Projects, “Tucker Garden Patch” a demonstration garden in Gloucester NSW.

Download (PDF, 242KB)

For future courses watch

Come and see us

Welcome to our new Allyn River Permaculture website. We are still setting up this site. Some of the general pages are in place and we are close to adding a number of detailed pages, including planning and the food forest.

Allyn River Permaculture Farm is a 7.5ha property on the beautiful Allyn River at Allynbrook, NSW. The farm is being established as a permaculture display and education centre by an architect and permaculture teacher.

We have established the major components of our water harvesting with dams and swales. A citrus and stone fruit orchard and a subtropical food forest are in place. Farm forestry and riparian area revegetation are works in progress.

Our animal systems include free range chickens and guinea fowl, and Dexter cattle.

We are always involved in varying and exciting projects and we are now registered WWOOFer hosts. (see WWOOFing page under Farm Visits for details)

Peter Brecknock has been accepted as a PRI (Permaculture research Institute Australia) registered PDC teacher.

During 2013 Peter Brecknock will be teaching at various Permaculture courses in Sydney and NSW, see scheduled details below.


See the following web pages for Peters Bio and course profile. and


St Albans course a great success

Apart from enduring some of Sydneys hottest days on record the PDC was very successful with a very enthusiastic class.

The PDC was facilititated by Penny Pyett with co teachers, Peter Brecknock, Aaron Sorenson and Daniel Deighton.

All details of the course and other upcoming courses can be found at:


“Sustainable gardening with Permaculture”

This class will introduce participants to techniques in developing an organic sustainable garden for food production using permaculture principles. This will Include design layout and construction, using ‘no dig’ techniques, compost making and how to improve you soils, water management, using animals in the system and natural pest control. The course is suitable for new or established gardens of any size including unit balconies.

Next Course: check WEA Hunter brochure for dates.


Good Publicity

This article appeared in the Newcastle Herald newspaper, 25th October 2010, thanks to Stephen Williams for the report.

Click here to read article Newcastle Herald article

Organic Pest and Disease Control

(from notes taken on HOGS field trip to John Priestley citrus orchard, Paterson, NSW)

Citrus Leaf Miner – Sometimes seen as an advantage as leaves will fall off and not damage new fruit by rubbing against it. Not considered a problem once tree grows. There is a predator mite which lives in Brown Box Trees and needs a pollen source in winter.

Citrus Gall Wasp – Seem to attack grapefruit and rough lemon which John removed. Not problem with mandarin.

Fruit Fly – do not attack fruit on ground.

Use a bait made from: 1 teaspoon vanilla,

1 cup sugar,

1 tablespoon cloudy ammonia

1 litre water.

Put in a 2 litre bottle with 2 small holes (8mm) mid way and hang in tree with lid on. Replace 2-3 times a year.

(The fruit fly will fly up to the lid and be trapped)

Scale and sooty mould – blend cooking oil, 2 drops molasses or a green detergent with 2 litres boiling water. Dilute 1:10 and apply early November and January.

Bronze Orange Bug – collect small number bugs in water, blend, dilute and spray on remaining bugs.

Grasshoppers – these attack weak plants that are low in silica. Try clay spray.

Blossom end rot – use boron or sulphur – ½ tsp per litre water.

Fungus and black spot – need to change the ph by spraying every 10 – 14 days with a rotation of apple cider vinegar, bicarb soda, molasses all diluted 1:20.

Worms in animals – feed with pumpkin seeds on full moon.

Lichen – can ring bark a tree – spray with pure milk – will be gone in 3 months