Oct
31
2016
Jenny Steel

Nature in November – what to look out for

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Posted Oct 31 2016 by Jenny Steel of Wildlife Gardening
When it comes to nature in November, keep an eye out for foxes

I’m beginning to realise just how much the garden birds occupy my thoughts when it comes to nature in November, as there is little else around in my wildlife garden just now. Apart for a single Bank Vole, a few Grey Squirrels and the occasional Brown Rat from the farm next door, Read more …

Oct
30
2016
John Harrison

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

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Posted Oct 30 2016 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens

We usually don’t think about our tunnel or greenhouse in November. There is very little need for it especially if you have planted the winter salads and overwintering garlic cloves and onion sets in October. There is much less need for watering and also the weeds have slowed down. Read more …

Oct
28
2016
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for November

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Posted Oct 28 2016 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens

November is the month when the hard frosts and heavy rain usually arrive so it’s important to grab whatever time you can on the plot in case you don’t get another chance. Read more …

Oct
26
2016
Dave Darby

Review of Adam Curtis’s new movie ‘Hypernormalisation’

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Posted Oct 26 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
From the film Hypernormalisation by Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis has a new movie out – Hypernormalisation, about how, due to ‘perception management’, what we see as ‘normal’ is anything but – and you can see it for free on BBC iPlayer. Read more …

Oct
24
2016
Christina Hawkes

Ditch the bleach: switch to natural cleaning to avoid toxins and carcinogens

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Posted Oct 24 2016 by Christina Hawkes of Greenscents
natural-cleaners

Every year there is a better understanding of the risks of toxic chemicals and more and more people are benefitting from a switch to natural cleaning.  Read more …

Oct
22
2016
Tom Kenny

The absurd nature of land ownership in the UK, and the ‘Land for What?’ conference, Nov 12-13

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Posted Oct 22 2016 by Tom Kenny of Shared Assets
The Land for What? conference is taking place 12-13 November 2016 in London

There’s a weekend conference coming up that you might be interested in. It’s called ‘Land for What?’ and it’s taking place over the weekend of November 12 and 13. Read more …

Oct
20
2016
Dave Darby

Promoting public transport – how to travel by train more cheaply (without breaking the law)

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Posted Oct 20 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Do you want to know how to travel by train more cheaply?

A way to reduce our impact on the environment is to increase the number of journeys made on public transport relative to the number made by car. So we’re doing this to encourage you to take the train rather than drive. Read more …

Oct
16
2016
Andy Reynolds

What tree species to choose for woodlands in the 21st century

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Posted Oct 16 2016 by Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge
A variety of tree species can be seen in this woodland edge

The various pressures and threats to UK woodland are ever-increasing. These can include development, climate change or globalisation contributing to the spread of disease, insect and mammalian pests. Read more …

Oct
14
2016
Steve Last

The pros and cons of fracking in the UK and why you need to know about them

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Posted Oct 14 2016 by Steve Last of Eco-energy Products
Fracking in the UK - good news or bad news?

It’s time for all those interested in how society will achieve a sustainable level of impact on the environment to brush up their own thoughts and opinions on the pros and cons of fracking in the UK. Read more …

Oct
12
2016
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 5: if a non-techie like me can switch to open source, so can you

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Posted Oct 12 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Considering switching to open source software? Go for it!

I’ve found that learning about how to change to open source software can be difficult for non-techies. Yes, you can easily find the websites that contain the information you need, but it’s almost never written in a style that non-techies can understand. Read more …

Oct
10
2016
Cassandra Lishman

Is ‘beekeeping’ actually ‘hive robbery’?

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Posted Oct 10 2016 by Cassandra Lishman of Plas Helyg
Hive robbery about to begin? Beekeepers gear up ready to harvest honey.

I harvested some honey from my hive recently, on an extremely hot day – a great day to visit the hive, as the bees were mostly out foraging so there are fewer of them in the hive. Read more …

Oct
8
2016
Dave Darby

How to quit the rat race to go WWOOFing for 3 years (even with young children) as a gateway to a new life

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Posted Oct 8 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Mariann and Gabor successfully quit the rat race through WWOOFing - even with kids!

This is an interview with Mariann and Gabor, a Hungarian couple with 2 young children, who left their jobs to go WWOOFing. We wanted to show that WWOOFing is a route out of the ‘rat race’ Read more …

Oct
6
2016
Dave Darby

The power of doing things ourselves using recycled materials: the Permaculture Book of DIY

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Posted Oct 6 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
A bench made from pallets features in the Permaculture Book of DIY

This is a radical new book – not because the ideas within it are going to change the world, but because it contains funky little DIY projects that could make a lot of people think ‘hey, I’ve always wanted one of those, but was put off by the cost – but actually, I could do it myself’. Read more …

Oct
4
2016
Aggie Forster

How Ernest Thompson Seton realised that nature grounds, educates and heals children

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Ernest Thompson Seton

Imagine a man whose response to youths repeatedly vandalising his property is to invite them onto his land to learn about it. Pretty right on, maybe, though not that unlikely given what we now know about nature’s importance as a healer and educator, but this was 1902. Read more …

Oct
3
2016
Dave Darby

How CETA will allow TTIP (RIP) in through the back door, and how you can help the Austrian Chancellor block it

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Posted Oct 3 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
The Austrian Chancellor needs your help to block the CETA trade deal

Here are two sources of information about CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) – and both of them are completely biased. They are biased against the interests of the corporate sector and in favour of the interests of ordinary people and communities. That’s the kind of bias we like. Read more …

Oct
2
2016
Tony Wrench

Having a £3k eco-home is more about attitude than building codes or regulations: interview with Tony Wrench

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Posted Oct 2 2016 by Tony Wrench of That Roundhouse

This is an interview with Tony Wrench of ‘That Roundhouse’ fame. He built a super-eco roundhouse in Pembrokeshire over 20 years ago, and is still living in it, after having many battles with planners and regulatory bodies. Read more …

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