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Maddy Harland |
Monday, 31st October 2011
What Did You Do? It’s 3:23 in the morning And I’m awake because my great, great grandchildren won’t let me sleep. ... My great, great grandchildren ask me in dreams what did you do when the planet was plundered? What did you do when the earth was unravelling? Surely you did something when the seasons started failing as the mammals, reptiles,... more
 
Dr Jenny Pickerill |
Monday, 31st October 2011
We all want lower bills and comfortable homes so what is stopping developers and self-builders from building beautiful green, energy efficient homes? Agents such as those from John D Wood have no problem filling eco homes once they are available. Dr Jenny Pickerill reveals that there is not one or two simple answers but a mixture of cultural... more
 
Alice Griffin |
Sunday, 23rd October 2011
Setting off early, the fog is light and feathery on waters turned matte grey by mist. There is a slight frost laying thinly on the ground. I reach down to touch it with my shivering fingers to see if it is real, before I pick up the rope and jump aboard. We are wrapped up in coats, hats and boots; sturdy boots that won't slip as we jump on and off... more
 
Brian Crawley |
Tuesday, 18th October 2011
Carbon appears to us in three different forms: diamonds, graphite and charcoal. The sparkly things that have romantic connotations are probably considered the most valuable, but is it possible that charcoal could reclaim this description? Chemically they are identical but this is difficult to grasp when they are so different in appearance and... more
 
Permaculture magazine |
Monday, 10th October 2011
The following five loos have been carefully selected by the team at permaculture, scoring highly on prettiness, smelliness (or lack there of) and quality of humus (just kidding). So which of these fine latrines is worthy of a trophy and a voucher worth £50 to for a course at the Sustainability Centre? You can vote for your favourite at the bottom... more
 
Tom Brenan |
Wednesday, 5th October 2011
As an environmental lawyer I am very aware of the shortcomings of our current environmental laws in preventing the degradation of the Earth. One of the reasons for this is our disconnection with the Earth and failure to live within Her limits. This means that we see ourselves as separate from Nature and view the natural world in terms of '... more
 
Simon Watkins |
Monday, 3rd October 2011
Alfalfa – the name almost sounds like a shamanic incantation: soft on the tongue, quiet on the ear, repetitive and meditative. It doesn't look much – just like so much overgrown clover – but it has hidden depths, doing as much under the ground for the soil as it does in the daylight. I'm now convinced that it's responsible for the healthiest... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 28th September 2011
Today I discovered a photo blog by Colette O'Neill that caught my eye. So beautiful are the images in front of me and so powerful is the sense of connection with the land that I asked her if I could share them with you. I have visited The Permaculture Cottage before and admired the simple artistry and love of the land. Today I feel I am travelling... more
 
Michael Buck |
Friday, 23rd September 2011
Two summers ago I decided to build a round thatched cob house in my back garden in Wolvercote, near Oxford. I decided not to use any money and to gather all the materials and energy from the locality. I was inspired to dedicate it to my mother, Mother Earth and all mothers. Laying the foundations I started with a circle of dry stones laid on firm... more
 
Julie Wall |
Monday, 19th September 2011
In 1994 we moved almost five hundred miles away from everything familiar, leaving our family, friends and the city we grew up in behind. We wanted to follow our dream of a healthier, more self-reliant lifestyle on our own smallholding using permaculture methods. We bought a steading to convert to a home, sited on three acres of land in north east... more
 

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