So often we are looking at the land when we talk about permaculture, so I thought for a change we would explore the watery side of permaculture in its many varied forms. In this issue we are exploring everything from seaweed to silver perch, aquaponics and natural swimming pools, as well as fire baths and even home brewing.

Water is such an essential part of our lives; the human body is made up of up to 60% water, 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by water and beneath the top layer of water that we’re familiar with in our oceans and waterways, there lies a whole other world that most of us have little to do with.

I’ve been planning for some time to make seaweed the focus of an issue of Pip, being aware that seaweed has great untapped potential as a resource with many uses. But it wasn’t until I started researching it that I realised just what a valuable yet underutilised resource it really is.