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Patrick Whitefield |
Wednesday, 1st May 2002
Planting a new wood is an exciting project – whether on one's own land or as part of a community project. Trees are the biggest living things on land, and the longest lived. Decisions made now will stand for decades if not centuries, so it's worth taking a great deal of care over the design of a woodland. The Land Not all places are equally... more
 
Kiko Denzer |
Friday, 1st March 2002
An oven is just a hole in the ground – light a fire, heat it up, and bake! An earthen oven is about that complicated. If you made mud pies when you were a kid, you can make a beautiful mud oven. You can also do it for nothing (or next to it), and it will work as well as a custom-built masonry or ceramic model costing thousands. Earth is not only... more
 
Charlotte Philcox |
Thursday, 1st November 2001
In Norwich earlier this year, a group of campaigners hosted a debate on GMOs, 'Feeding or Fooling the World?'. Attended by some 400 people, it was offered as an alternative to an international conference organised by the John Innes Centre, one of the world's leading centres for GM crop research, which is based in the city. Whilst all those... more
 
Patrick Whitefield |
Wednesday, 1st August 2001
The basic idea of permaculture is that we take natural ecosystems as the model for what we do ourselves. This is all very well if you have a farm or woodland to work with, or even a large garden. But what about people who only have a small urban garden, or even no garden at all? How can they use permaculture? It would be pretty difficult if... more
 
Ben Law |
Tuesday, 1st May 2001
For many years now there has been a 'dividing wall' between the two disciplines of agriculture and forestry in Britain. At best, the concept of growing food amongst the dense shade of a woodland has been seen as futile; yet all around the world forest dwellers have cultivated food and fruit trees as well as foraged and hunted for wild food. Living... more
 
Michael Littlewood |
Tuesday, 1st May 2001
Foot and mouth disease is but the latest in a series of livestock catastrophes which reflect the unhealthy state of farming today. Just 1% of the population manages the land that covers 90% of the country. This is made possible only by heavy dependence on expensive outside energy, heavy machinery, monoculture planting, chemical interference and... more
 
Tony Wrench |
Thursday, 1st February 2001
The 'sooner or later' brings in the other aspect of sustainability – that we are looking at a very long time scale – longer than any political party has ever remained in power; longer than any one human being has lived. We are looking beyond our simple human concerns to the wellbeing of the whole ecosystem – all life on earth. With these... more
 
Michael Littlewood |
Wednesday, 1st November 2000
There can be no doubt that swimming in water containing chemicals does have an adverse effect on many people's health, both internally and externally. If you are living a holistic lifestyle, eating organic produce, using alternative medicine, drinking spring water etc., then it makes sense to avoid swimming in a pool containing chemicals. To be... more
 
Andy Langford |
Tuesday, 31st October 2000
"No epicure dish served at the most expensive restaurant can compare with fresh fruit, organically grown without chemicals, picked from one's own garden." - The Forest Garden by Robert Hart Robert Hart died peacefully on the 7th March 2000 at a nursing home in Church Stretton, Shropshire. It was not a great surprise as I knew he had been ailing... more
 
Susan Whiteway |
Tuesday, 1st August 2000
So, there we were. It's the early 1990s: we have two small children, a business that has been sunk by recession and no home. Oh, and we're both in our forties. Forty it seems is the decade when employers assume that those seeking employment over that portentous age are in the early and inevitable stages of creeping senility. We therefore disposed... more
 

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