Alice Griffin |
Sunday, 14th June 2015

Arriving at the gates of our smallholding in Portugal felt wonderful. The realisation of our own space; another step on the journey we have slowly and quietly been on in recent years in our quest for an increasingly self-reliant life. For us, having our own patch of land to grow food, source our...

Dave Lane |
Tuesday, 2nd June 2015

Keystone Boys Club was formed in 1962 after the large 1891 town house building was left in trust “to the young people of Kettering”. In 2001 it became the all inclusive Keystone Youth Centre. The centre has been run by volunteer trustees for 51 years. The facility is large and comes with its own...

Rob Squires |
Wednesday, 27th May 2015

Recently I was given the task of helping Permaculture magazine find a new green Internet Service Provider (ISP) to relocate their web services. ISPs are based in data centres which are buildings rammed with servers...

Patrick Smith - Ethical Consumer |
Friday, 22nd May 2015

The temporary restriction on the use of certain neonicotinoid pesticides in the European Union in December 2013 came as a massive relief to all those concerned with the health of bees and the wider ecosystem. This was only achieved through a long and bitter struggle...

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...