Les Anwyl has a vast knowledge of plants, their cultivation and interrelationships with each other and their surrounds.
His career has included scientific horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney and grass roots community food security projects in a very wide range of environments from desert to wetlands both in Australia and overseas.
He has benefited from the direct instruction of the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison, and has nearly thirty years of application and development of permaculture principles in various cultural and socio economic contexts.
Les was a senior horticulturist at the Royal Botanic Gardens before he met and studied under Bill Mollison at the Permaculture institute in Tyalgum, where he completed his Diploma of Permaculture design.
He now has almost 30 years experience designing and developing permaculture systems and has worked extensively in remote aboriginal communities around Australia as well as overseas.
He currently manages the Permaculture facility at Kuranda District State College and has just been awarded the Peter Doherty Award for excellence in Science and Technology education.
Students of the PDC will be visiting Les's property in Kuranda to explore the design principles he put in place to grow food in this very tropical landscape with an integrated chicken system and bio-char production.
Left: Les's video of his gardens system.