Merlin Howse |
Wednesday, 1st June 2005
Steward Community Woodland was born five years ago, when a group of us looking to set up a sustainable living and working woodland project bought and moved into Steward Wood on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon. With a need for electrical power but no thoughts of having a connection to the grid, we looked into renewable ways of producing this. Using... more
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 1st December 2004
Nine years ago Simon Roberts read about electric vehicles (EVs) in Switzerland and decided he wanted to drive a zero emissions car in London and reduce his environmental impact. After negotiating miles of red tape, a reserved parking bay painted right outside his house and the development of an innovative kerbside charger, this became a genuinely... more
Mark Smith |
Wednesday, 1st September 2004
The polytunnel has almost become a badge of honour for the permaculturist, no self-respecting PC-person would be seen without one. After many years with only a 1.8 x 1.2m (6 x 4ft) greenhouse sited, in a shady part of the garden that was also a frost hollow, the opportunity to have a polytunnel appeared when we moved to our new location. As usual... more
John Adams |
Sunday, 15th August 2004
A flood of products having suddenly come my way, I haven't been able to fully review all of them, but they are all fully researched and recommended. I'll start with a review for the Scheppach Lonus 3 garden shredder. I only have a small garden but it manages to produce substantial quantities of prunings and clippings every year, most of which I... more
Kate McEvoy |
Saturday, 1st May 2004
I'm not sure whether it all started with the book, Driving over Lemons, or if it was just coincidence of timing. One moment, everyone looked at the photos of our ruin in Spain and heard about our plans to move there and said politely but dubiously 'well it looks like it has a lot of potential'. A few years later, and British TV is full of 'move to... more
Simon Fairlie |
Monday, 1st March 2004
All flesh is grass. Your breakfast, whether it is composed of oats, cornflakes, rice-cakes, toast, sugar, milk, butter, eggs, bacon, or sausages, will be grass, or derived from grass-fed creatures.If you have a holding, hay is the most biodiverse product you are ever likely to produce on it. Unless you have a rye grass and clover ley, your hay is... more
Mark Smith |
Saturday, 1st November 2003
When the permaculture bug first took hold of me a few years ago, I was really disappointed that I didn't have enough land to keep the chickens, goats, and sheep that I believed I needed to have a permaculture site. Well, experience has taught me two things – you don't need a zoo to be a permaculturist and almost everyone has the space to keep tens... more
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 1st August 2003
The state of our front garden had become legendary in our neighbourhood. Our house eco-renovation had at last been completed, solar hot water was flowing in abundance during summer months, and the back garden was planted up with wildflower meadow, top and soft fruit and some veggies. We were fairly sorted. But years of work had turned our front... more
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 1st May 2003
Walking near the neighbour's house, a rabbit, startled, bounds off into the pasture. I notice how the young broadleaf trees Ben planted about ten years ago are doing, many over ten feet tall. Then up the slope and into the chestnut wood, dark and still on one side, and light and open with freshly sprouting coppice stools on the other.  The path... more
Alanna Moore |
Thursday, 1st May 2003
New Zealand is a lush land of green pastures, youthful volcanic soils and plenty of rain. It is an idyllic image of paradise for the tourist, especially one coming as I was, from Australia, a brown parched land of drought and bushfire. It took a while for my eyes to adjust to the mantle of intense green when I visited recently. But all is not well... more