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Mark Boyle |
Wednesday, 16th February 2011
I'm not going to sit here and say that eating meat is right or wrong. As we all do, I've my own personal opinions on the subject, but that doesn't suddenly make me some all-knowing, all-seeing, fictitious character in the sky. One thing I feel we would all be wise to do, however, is to question conditioned mindsets – often anthropocentric – and to... more
 
Simon Fairlie |
Monday, 14th February 2011
The Government is consulting on a new national planning framework for England until 28th February. All the planning policy statements, such as PPS7 on the Countryside and PPS1a on Climate Change are likely to be replaced by one document. The Government is allegedly looking to reduce several hundred pages of guidance into ten or twenty pages. This... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 10th February 2011
With the need to conserve energy where we can and fuel prices predicted to soar, Mr D's Thermal Cooker couldn't have come at a better time. This is a 21st century adaptation of a hay box but instead of being a bulky insulated box, this is a neat stainless steel unit with a highly efficient vacuum outer wall. It consists of two main parts: the... more
 
Patrick Whitefield |
Tuesday, 8th February 2011
On a recent visit to Catalonia I came across an interesting example of mixed cropping, otherwise known as polyculture. My friends Charlie and Mika have a market garden, set in a little valley cradled by rocky hills, scattered with pines and wild flowers. It's an idyllic spot but it does have its limitations, and the first of these is water.... more
 
Cory Brennan |
Monday, 31st January 2011
After receiving reports on the ground, we determined that the major life threatening situations were water and sanitation. There were no city-wide water or sewage systems in place before the earthquake, and water borne disease had always been a problem but in the chaos after the quake, the risk became dire. We knew that resources would be almost... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 8th January 2011
There is a treasure in the woods near me: a semi-rotten beech tree that hosts oyster mushroom mycellium. Every year, after a very cold snap (usually in January) the mycellium runs and its fruiting bodies appear. Behold! Sumptuous oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus). Last weekend on our regular walk Tim and I went and checked the tree and saw... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 1st January 2011
Happy New Year to you all who kindly read this blog or who have just stumbled upon it. Welcome. The New Year is an opportunity to pause and reflect: What do I want to focus on this year? What do I want to change and how can I better find my joy and be a more effective human being? I don't usually set myself a long, self-critical and impossible... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 18th December 2010
Yesterday I went Christmas shopping in my local town, Petersfield. I know I am a bit late in the day but I recently have to switch from being an editor to an elf: our own Green Shopping has been busy this year and our customers always come first. I couldn’t face driving to our nearest city on a Saturday, sitting in queues and then paying an... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 30th November 2010
Earlier this year Tim and I had a call from a BBC producer. Would we like to appear on another programme that wanted to feature permaculture? We are always interested in deepening understanding of the subject, but also wary. It is so easy to trivialise permaculture and wrap it up as an alternative form of organic gardening. We asked how long we... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 18th November 2010
I am still convinced that one of the best ways to save electrical energy in the home is by being able to see how much you are using. If you regularly read this column you will know my favourite monitor is the Owl. It has an easy to read display which my whole family take notice of. Since trying an AlertMe (www.alertme.com), however, which has no... more
 

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