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A forest garden in Bhutan ©Tim Harland
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 21st May 2015

Some years ago, Tim and I were walking on a hot, dry day in the Himalayas to find a monastery in the Punakha District in Bhutan. Located near Lobesa, it stands on a round hillock and was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel. The ‘Divine Madman’, maverick saint Drukpa...

Alice Griffin |
Thursday, 14th May 2015

I would describe myself as a traveller: a wanderer, nomad, gypsy; someone frequently tempted by the lure of new horizons. Over the years this way of life has seen me spend time in many different places and spaces: Campervans, caravans, a woodland cabin, bijou houses by the sea and in the...

Rozie Apps |
Thursday, 7th May 2015

In 2004 Irene 'Smokie' McGee lost her husband. She couldn't afford to live in the house they shared in Los Angeles, ending up living on the streets.

Elvis Summers, a Californian resident took it upon himself to help Irene, when he realised that not only had she been homeless for a decade...

Margene Whitler Hucek |
Thursday, 7th May 2015

We didn’t expect that the sweet cherry tree that my husband and I planted in our small orchard on the south side of our house would be the source of some gardening wisdom, but it has proven to be so. Over time, like most gardeners, we’ve come to the realization that we are not, ultimately, in...

Sophie Galleymore Bird |
Wednesday, 6th May 2015

"Britain is not self-sufficient in food production; it imports 40% of the total food consumed and the proportion is rising."1

It is dangerous for our country to be importing so much of our food which is why the Transition movement...

Ed Dowding |
Tuesday, 5th May 2015

There is a quiet revolution taking place in democracy, bringing new thinking to how we take decisions together. For the first time ever, what you want  -  your preferences, values, and ideas  - can be heard locally, nationally, and globally. People power is coming of age on the internet, and it’...

Glennie Kindred in Green Parent magazine |
Tuesday, 28th April 2015

Beltain is one of the great fire festivals of our ancient past, when bonfires were lit on the hill tops and communities gathered together to feast, party, stay up all night and welcome in the dawn. Beltain is a celebration of the beginning of summer and the power of the life force. At this...

Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

I recently met Susan Richardson, poet, performer, educator, who lives in Wales but was visiting my local town to recite. She is currently poet in residence for the Marine Conservation Society and has undertaken journeys in the fragile Arctic lands.