Readers' Solutions

Canal & River Trust |
Wednesday, 23rd November 2016
Bats are hugely important within our ecosystems and over the last century, their traditional roosting sites have been destroyed. They mostly roost on the edges of canals, rivers and in nearby woodlands. Bats eat a lot of insects, which helps protect us from diseases, and play a major role in the survival of owls. Bats also make essential flora... more
Thomas Henfrey and Gil Penha-Lopes |
Monday, 7th November 2016
Changing climatic conditions mean a need to plan for altered and often unpredictable future precipitation patterns. In some places rainfall will 
decrease; elsewhere drought will be more common and/or pronounced; other areas will experience erratic rainfall, storms or other extreme weather events. Applying the principle of ‘capture and store... more
Wade Muggleton |
Friday, 21st October 2016
Here is a shocking statistic: it is claimed by The Tree Council that 1 in 3 young trees planted, don’t make it to five years old, i.e. they die prematurely. This is a tragedy for all those trees as well as a dreadful waste of the time, energy and resources of growing, nurturing, transporting and planting them. So just as there is that popular car... more
Alice Griffin |
Wednesday, 19th October 2016
When setting up our micro-business, Little Loquat, we wanted to create our work using materials that we could readily find around us, materials that are free - or almost - and that in some way represent the re-using philosophy. In the beginning I dabbled with bags and soft toys made from recycled fabrics and my husband knew only that he was keen... more
Kerry Forides |
Friday, 23rd September 2016
Heritage seed loss is a global problem. I believe when we buy any packaged seed, hybridised to produce sterile offspring, we are directly contributing to the genocide of global heritage.  By sharing Two Part ‘Copyright free’ plan below, which we are implementing in Corfu, we can stop further heritage seed losses and improve overall environmental... more
Farm Africa |
Friday, 9th September 2016
For the two thirds of people in Kenya who rely on the food they grow and animals they keep, frequent droughts can leave many struggling to produce enough to feed their families. In recent years, Kenya’s Kitui County has suffered from significant variations in climate, with serious impacts on rain-fed agricultural production and food security in... more
Clint Elston |
Wednesday, 3rd August 2016
I would like to share an experiment I recently finished on a house in Minnesota; that of separating the potable water according to the varying quality needs of specific plumbing fixtures, e.g., all bathroom faucets and showerheads and all of the kitchen faucets, the dishwasher, washing machine and refrigerator require a much higher quality of... more
Treehugger |
Friday, 22nd July 2016
These natural and DIY pesticides are effective at helping to rid your crops of harmful critters, but safe enough to keep from poisoning you and your family. There's nothing like having a home garden to make you begin to appreciate the trials and tribulations of the farmers who grow our food. Between weather, weeds, and insects, not to mention the... more
Carole Shorney |
Wednesday, 20th July 2016
We are in the middle of a drought here on Gozo. It’s getting serious. There hasn’t been any rain in over a month. In search of answers and some practical solutions, we recently made the short ferry trip across to the “big island” (i.e. Malta) to visit Vincent’s Eco Farm located just outside Zebbiah. As one of the few farms seeking certified... more
Treehugger |
Friday, 15th July 2016
Kids love insects, dirt, and water, which is why these activities will keep them entertained for hours this summer, while teaching them a lot about the natural world. Are you wondering how to keep your kids entertained this summer? Here are some fun nature-based activities to do outdoors while the weather is warm. Hopefully they will lead to hours... more
Bryn Thomas |
Wednesday, 29th June 2016
Co-originator of Permaculture, Bill Mollison, was once asked if permaculture [growing] really worked, to which he replied "do plants grow?". Of course this answer was meant to be slightly facetious because we all know that plants sometimes don't grow, or at least not the ones we want! So our challenge is to chose the right ones, put them in the... more
Sarah Partridge |
Wednesday, 11th May 2016
The challenge: C17 timber frame barn with missing timbers and leaky tin roof. The solution: Replace and repair timbers with green oak from local woods. Employ traditional carpenter and run courses in Timber Frame Repairs. Square up trees for timber. Measure, cut and test fit tenon into mortice. Make oak peg to hold mortice and tenon together... more