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Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 23rd January 2013

Permaculture is primarily a thinking tool for designing low carbon, highly productive systems but its influence can be very pervasive! What can start as a journey towards living a more ecologically balanced lifestyle can go far deeper, even transforming our...

Dual combusting woodburner ©Gail Harland
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 18th January 2013

I first met Ben Law, the woodsman, in the early nineties. He was made famous for building his own home from his own roundwood timber in his own wood and appearing on Channel 4 TV's 'Grand Designs' on numerous occasions.

Christopher Hope |
Friday, 11th January 2013

Winter is a challenging time when it comes to food growing, so why not take advantage of what nature provides for free? More often than not, our hardy wild plants will offer us nutritionally-high greens for the salad bowl or cooking pot (often far higher than from...

Maddy's Marmalade
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 10th January 2013

Marmalade made with Seville oranges is altogether a grown-up pleasure – aromatic, bittersweet and redolent of leisurely breakfasts. It brings the taste of sunshine to dark winter months. Seville oranges are the essential ingredient, more familiar to the market...

Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal |
Thursday, 10th January 2013

In the cold dark days of winter we are much more prone to sniffles, colds, ’flu and other infections. We tend to spend more time indoors than out in the fresh air, and we are not getting the benefit of vitamin D from strong sunshine. Luckily, there are plenty of...

Sally Mittuch |
Tuesday, 8th January 2013

Even the most ardent eco warrior will sometimes admit to using chemicals for cleaning, particularly for the most dreaded of cleaning tasks - the oven or toilet bowl. Even washing up seems to demand that we buy a special product formulated for that task...

Photo credit: http://weadartists.org/colombia-a-utopian-ecoart-experiment
Giovanni Ciarlo |
Thursday, 3rd January 2013

Attending the Llamado De La Montaña (Call of the Mountain) Bioregional Gathering in Atlantida Ecovillage in Colombia last year, and witnessing the emergence of the new Latin American organization, CASA (Consejo de Asentamientos Sustentables de las Americas), was...

Moneyless Manifesto - money to burn
Mark Boyle |
Sunday, 30th December 2012

The broadsheets, current affairs programmes and British Shadow Cabinet are all saying the same thing: the economy is going to hell in a Prius, and it's only getting worse. Don't sell your house, keep on shopping, and lock away your gold. Boom and bust: it's the...