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Steve Jones |
Tuesday, 26th July 2011
RISC Reading Roof Garden is a bold statement about the possibilities for greening our cities, supporting biodiversity, reducing urban heat islands and storm surges and creating oases of calm and sanity in city centre spaces. The garden is inspired by the work of Robert Hart and was designed as a Global Garden to reflect the inter-connectedness... more
 
Mike Abbott |
Monday, 25th July 2011
After thirty years or more of using shaving horses, the occasion arose to have a total rethink of their design. I had always based my shaving horses on a 1.2 metre (4ft) length of log, about 30cm (1ft) in diameter, but I was aware this is not the sort of thing that most people have lying around the workshop. For some time I had wanted to come up... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 19th July 2011
Tim and I have reached that time in life. Our lovely daughters, 21 and 18, happily go to festivals, films and art exhibitions with us for family outings but the days of two weeks of rough camping in Cornwall with them and a posse of their friends is no longer on the annual agenda. We go our own slow travelling ways these days. So faced with a... more
 
Dyfi Valley Seed Savers |
Tuesday, 19th July 2011
You don't need a lot of specialist knowledge to start saving seeds - it can be as easy as drying a handful of beans at the end of the summer. However, some vegetables are easier than others, and if you want to be really successful there are a few simple principles to bear in mind. Saving Seed starts with The Birds and the Bees Well, mainly the... more
 
Alice Griffin |
Monday, 18th July 2011
"It is only the limit of our imagination that stops us from inventing new ways to do things" - one kind commenter wrote on my last article for Permaculture magazine. Kathleen has offered some wonderful advice for me to ponder when creating my tiny rooftop garden, but when she suggested that I try and get a small compost on the go and perhaps make... more
 
Chrissie Sugden |
Wednesday, 13th July 2011
I doubt I'm the only person who dreams of owning a piece of land (preferably with friends) on which to build affordable eco-houses and grow food and fuel. This is difficult in the UK due to the vast disparity between the price of agricultural land (4,000-10,000/acre) and land with planning permission (200,000+/acre). Whilst politicians continue to... more
 
Pete Cooper |
Tuesday, 12th July 2011
Computers were my 'thing' when I was back at school and they were how I cut my teeth in the early part of my career; technical support jobs involving guiding people through how to do stuff on the computers they used at their workplace. I did technical support as a career for about 6 years, although I've been doing technical support for people that... more
 
Rebecca Hosking & Tim Green |
Monday, 11th July 2011
Tucked away on the farm with our daily tasks, it's incredibly easy to forget about the big bad world out there and the global issues of peak oil and climate change. This is slightly ironic as they were our sole motivation for returning there in the first place. Every now and then something happens that smacks those issues back into our reality.... more
 
Benjamin Meredith-Hardy |
Wednesday, 6th July 2011
I have been interested in farming all of my life but the furthest I got with it was an large model farm in the back garden with plastic cows and poultry, fenced in by twigs and string. This was until one of my friends introduced me to permaculture and it just made sense to me. We have loads of apple trees but I particularly loved the idea of being... more
 
John Adams |
Monday, 4th July 2011
Zebra Loop Handle Cans have some-thing of a cult following. They are used as billy cans by survival instructors, bushcraft enthusiasts, wild campers, woodsmen and backpackers, worldwide. Made of high quality stainless steel, these pots come with an inner bowl which can either be used to keep the contents separate or to eat out of. They also have a... more
 

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