Sep
30
2016
Jenny Steel

Nature in October – what to look out for

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Posted Sep 30 2016 by Jenny Steel of Wildlife Gardening
Depending on where you are, nature in October could feature a Red Squirrel

This time of year is usually holiday time for me, so, when it comes to nature in October, my trips away from Shropshire and my garden have to involve a large element of looking at wildlife and hopefully walking in beautiful countryside. Read more …

Sep
29
2016
John Harrison

What to sow, plant and harvest in your polytunnel or greenhouse in October

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Posted Sep 29 2016 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens
A greenhouse in October

October is the month for clearing and tidying. Your cucumbers and courgettes are likely to be finished and many other plants are getting exhausted and diseased, but hopefully you have a batch of new salad crops ready to plant out now. Read more …

Sep
28
2016
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for October

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Posted Sep 28 2016 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens
Potatoes feature in the fruit and veg growing guide for October

October is really the last of the hectic months on the vegetable plot. There’s little to sow and plant but still a fair amount to harvest and store away to eat through winter. This is the month when the first frosts usually arrive so killing off all but the hardy plants. Read more …

Sep
26
2016
Joe Tucker

Reimagining progress: what we can learn about ‘lean thinking’ from indigenous communities

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Posted Sep 26 2016 by Joe Tucker of Reimagining Progress
Lean thinking is already alive and well in many indigenous communities

Here’s a living example of a ‘lean’ economy (outlined by David Fleming in our last blog post), and how you can help to preserve it. The ‘unlean’ economy is encroaching onto the territory of the Kichwa and Sapara communities in the Ecuadorean Amazon, in the form of large oil corporations, and will destroy their communities, as well as the forest itself, unless prevented. Read more …

Sep
23
2016
Dave Darby

David Fleming’s ‘Lean Logic’ and ‘Surviving the Future’, and why they’re important

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Posted Sep 23 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
David Fleming and his book Lean Logic

I attended the launch of two books at Daunt Bookshop in Chelsea on Wednesday evening. David Fleming died in 2010, and now his friend Shaun Chamberlin has edited his magnum opusLean Logic, and Chelsea Green have published it. Read more …

Sep
20
2016
Dave Darby

Should the NHS be allowed to sack doctors who work for the private sector ‘on the side’?

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Posted Sep 20 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
NHS or private healthcare?

There was a story on Radio 4 this morning about NHS doctors who work in private healthcare ‘on the side’ now having to declare their income from private work under plans from NHS England to ensure that they’re not short-changing taxpayers. Read more …

Sep
19
2016
Richard Burdett

Incentives for heat pumps, and how they can help reduce carbon emissions

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There are many incentives for heat pumps such as the system pictured here

The Government and many of the rest of us interested in green issues know that we have to meet certain obligations when it comes to reducing the country’s carbon footprint. While those in the solar and wind industry might be complaining about loss of subsidies, Read more …

Sep
16
2016
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 4: front gardens – concrete or plants?

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Posted Sep 16 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

My partner’s mother lives in Hounslow, under the Heathrow flight path and next to a dual carriageway. But she has filled her front and back garden with flowers, trees, bushes and vegetables. When she visits, she often brings pears, plums, spinach, tomatoes or flowers from her garden. Read more …

Sep
14
2016
John Harrison

Progress? Is modern food production efficient (using poultry as an example)?

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Posted Sep 14 2016 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens
Modern food production: bad news for chickens?

We often hear it said that modern farming is efficient and results in low cost food on our table but how true is that? I would contend that there is an awful lot wrong with our food production and distribution systems in the west and the much vaunted efficiency is far from being the true case at least in some sectors. Read more …

Sep
12
2016
Liz Gaffney Whaite

Imprint dyeing – a beautiful new way of dyeing textiles using plants

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Posted Sep 12 2016 by Liz Gaffney Whaite of Heartfelt by Liz
An example of imprint dyeing

This is a beautiful and interesting way of dyeing cloth by imprinting plant material. Getting a precise imprint on cloth or paper is not new – take for instance the Turin Shroud. Read more …

Sep
10
2016
Guy Dorrell

Jumble Trail: stroll around your neighbourhood, meet local people, grab a bargain, grab some food and sell unwanted stuff

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Posted Sep 10 2016 by Guy Dorrell of Faircatch
A Jumble Trail in action

I’d like to bring to people’s attention a community event I’m championing in my neck of the woods called a Jumble Trail. I’m in Wandsworth, London, but Jumble Trails are happening all over the country, and you can join in. Read more …

Sep
8
2016
Dave Darby

Revisiting my old university economics textbook – how did I ever fall for this nonsense?

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Posted Sep 8 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Dave's old economics textbook

I haven’t opened my old university economics textbook (Economics, by David Begg, Stanley Fischer and Rudiger Dornbusch) since the 1980s, so I was curious to see how I would respond to what I was taught 30 years ago. Read more …

Sep
6
2016
Jan Savage

Brexit or no Brexit – so-called ‘trade’ deals still threaten our NHS

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Posted Sep 6 2016 by Jan Savage of OpenDemocracy
CETA, TTIP and other similar trade deals risk the future of vital public services

If UK campaigners don’t set the terms of our trading relationships, insisting they protect public services and standards, it will be left to Theresa May’s expensive army of corporate lawyers. Read more …

Sep
4
2016
Daniel Scharf

We’re heading for environmental meltdown – how the planning system could help

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Posted Sep 4 2016 by Daniel Scharf of Dan the Plan
The planning system could have a vital role to play in our efforts to combat climate change

As a professional planner (of the town and country planning variety) and fan of Low-impact Living I always expect to see demands or requests being made of the planning system to assist in attempts by individuals or groups to experiment or set examples where impact on the environment would be minimised. Read more …

Sep
2
2016
Dave Darby

Ecological Land Co-op are looking for an operations manager – might it be you or someone you know?

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Posted Sep 2 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
The Ecological Land Co-op is looking for an operations manager - could it be you?

I am privileged to be a director of the wonderful Ecological Land Co-op, and we are currently advertising for an operations manager. Read more …

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