Articles

Josephine Hall |
Wednesday, 10th October 2018
It’s a cloudy summer’s day as I drive down the bumpy track lined with hedgerows and turn a corner to see the little green shepherds’ huts of Windsor Hill Wood. Outside a large brick house with solar panels on the roof, people are working in the garden. Children are bouncing on a trampoline, and a few people of varied ages are drinking tea on a... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 9th October 2018
This summer, we had no proper rain for weeks and after a cold, snowy late spring we leapt into the height of summer. It iwas hotter than usual and this gaves us, in the cool temperate north, a holiday feeling, especially those in the PM team who have enjoyed the World Cup! Our modest 360 litre rainwater harvesting system in the veggie patch almost... more
 
Kevin Bayuk and Eric Toensmeier |
Tuesday, 9th October 2018
Paul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism and Blessed Unrest, is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. In 2013, he began assembling an international team of scientists and policy makers and asked them to... more
 
Marie-Louise Mederer and Ilse Köher-Rollefson |
Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
It’s December 2017 and I’m looking for a volunteering opportunity in northern India. The International Permaculture Convergence has just been held in India and thus I find myself browsing for places to learn about permaculture in India. As one of the edge events I stumble upon the Marwar Camel Culture Festival. The festival has past, yet I’m... more
 
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Monday, 24th September 2018
Last week, Dylan and I set off on a road trip to discover the flora and fauna of the North East of Bulgaria. Our first stop was to Catherine Zanev's farm in Todorovo, North Bulgaria. As those of you familiar with our project may recall, this was a farm I designed in 2013. I had not visited the place for some time and was very excited to see how... more
 
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Monday, 24th September 2018
Last year we started a trial to discover the best ways to prepare the ground for tree and shrub planting. We trialed five different methods and recorded the performance of each method looking at how long they took to implement and manage, how much they cost and how effective they are. I'll start the post with why we prepare our ground in advance... more
 
Peter Cowman |
Monday, 30th July 2018
Human shelters offer testament to the strength of the human will to survive. As such, they are a vital component of settled life and a stimulus for cultural expression. These functions are sustained by establishing connections with the physical and metaphysical realities of life on planet Earth, traditionally an integral part of the building... more
 
Jordan Thomas |
Tuesday, 3rd July 2018
The first time Don Guillermo took me to his fields, we walked amidst pyramids that were black silhouettes against a star-filled sky. Guillermo always left for the fields at this early hour: when the night was at its darkest, as if in preparation for the blinding heat that the sun would soon bring to this tropical landscape. One mile into our walk... more
 
Alan Heeks |
Wednesday, 27th June 2018
All of us depend on front line services: they include health, local authorities, education, care, and a myriad of voluntary sector organisations such as charities, help networks, and community groups. They are a safety net, and as stresses grow for most people, we need the support of front line services more than ever. But most of these services... more
 
Stephanie Hafferty |
Thursday, 21st June 2018
The hedgerows are filled with creamy elderflowers. It’s time to forage! Choose elderflower heads that are in full blossom and at their most fragrant to make delicious drinks, skin care and preserves. If you can, try to collect your flowers from areas without too much traffic pollution and above the “wee line”. (Imagine a passing wild animal or dog... more
 

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