Aug
30
2018
Seggy Segaran

Cooking with stored energy: how to build an off-grid solar slow cooker

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Posted Aug 30 2018 by Seggy Segaran of Haybox Cooking
A DIY solar slow cooker as made by Jane & Seggy Segaran

We learn from our resident retained heat cooking specialists Jane and Seggy Segaran about how to build an off-grid solar slow cooker. Read more …

Aug
28
2018
Craig Bayne

In London and grow grapes? Join a community wine-making scheme!

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Posted Aug 28 2018 by Craig Bayne of OrganicLea
OrganicLea's Community Wine Making Scheme in action at the Hawkwood Winery

Calling all London grape growers – you’re invited to join the Community Wine Making Scheme run by OrganicLea. Read more …

Aug
26
2018
Paul Jennings

What might buildings, settlements and even regions look like through the lens of Permaculture design?

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Posted Aug 26 2018 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
Incorporating permaculture design - Paul Jennings' self-built straw-bale home

This is the transcript of a talk given by Paul Jennings to the recent SBUK Big Straw Bale Gathering. Paul has built his straw-bale family home on a ‘One-Planet Development’ smallholding in Wales (costing £12,000). Read more …

Aug
23
2018
Rob Inwood

Wood durability guide: timber durability chart & database

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Posted Aug 23 2018 by Rob Inwood of Gate Expectations
Your go-to wood durability guide is here

Our woodworker friends at Gate Expectations have put together this great chart of timber durability for anyone working with wood (1 is most durable and 5 is least). Over to Rob from here.
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Aug
21
2018
Jo Cartmell

Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 5: new arrivals in the orchard meadow

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Posted Aug 21 2018 by Jo Cartmell of NearbyWild
Essex Skipper butterfly and beetle nectaring on Field Scabious in the orchard meadow by Jo Cartmell

In Part 5 of Jo Cartmell’s mini meadow series, she shares news of a surprise in the mini meadow and new arrivals in the orchard meadow. Read more …

Aug
19
2018
Oli Rodker

The future of land ownership: interview with Oli Rodker of the Ecological Land Co-op and the Landworkers’ Alliance

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Oli Rodker: working to make a positive difference to land ownership

This week we’re talking with Oli Rodker, founder director of the Ecological Land Co-operative and the Landworkers’ Alliance, about his work, and how we might change the nature of land ownership in the UK, where 0.06% of the population own 50% of rural land in England and Wales, according to the Country Land & Business Association. Read more …

Aug
16
2018
Kate Williams

What the fuss is all about: wild swimming in France

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Posted Aug 16 2018 by Kate Williams of The Writer Stuff
Taking the plunge wild swimming in France

On a low-impact holiday this summer, Kate Williams takes the plunge wild swimming in France to discover why so many prefer it to an indoor swimming pool. Read more …

Aug
14
2018
Richard Phillips

How to make your own scallop shell candles

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Posted Aug 14 2018 by Richard Phillips of The Soap Kitchen
Scallop shell candles - beautiful and easy to make!

Richard Phillips of The Soap Kitchen shares how you can make your very own scallop shell candles at home with just three simple ingredients and a bit of elbow grease… Read more …

Aug
12
2018
Rick Watson

Living together 4: how to turn a row of terraced houses into a housing co-op

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Posted Aug 12 2018 by Rick Watson of Fireside Housing Co-op
Can terraced houses be turned into a housing co-op? Yes!

This week we’re talking with Rick Watson, who has been a member of Fireside Housing Co-op in Sheffield since 2010. They’ve purchased and co-operativised 5 adjoining houses on a terraced street. Read more …

Aug
8
2018
Dave Darby

My mutual credit journey (and how you can join in the fun)

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Posted Aug 8 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Why not start your own mutual credit journey?

I often trawl the web just speculatively looking for new people or new ideas, clicking on links from interesting sites. TEDx talks are a favourite. A few years ago I came across an intriguing TEDx talk by Professor Jem Bendell called ‘the Money Myth’. Read more …

Aug
5
2018
Martin Prosser

Living together 3: company limited by shares – Martin Prosser of Sunflower Cohousing

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Posted Aug 5 2018 by Martin Prosser of Sunflower Cohousing
Sunflower Cohousing main house

This article is the result of a discussion with Martin Prosser of Sunflower Cohousing in France. It’s the third in a series of articles about setting up alternative, co-operative living arrangements – cohousing, community land trusts, housing co-ops, intentional communities etc. Read more …

Aug
1
2018
Andrew Thomas-Price

The catapult as a hunting tool

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Andrew Price demonstrates how to use a catapult as a humane hunting tool

In the minds of many people a catapult is nothing more than a child’s toy, or one of the weapons used by the “Beano’s” Dennis the Menace to terrorise the softies (for those of us old enough to remember). Few people these days would ever consider using a catapult for hunting, but not too many years ago catapults were the tool of choice for poachers and anyone else who wanted to “discreetly” hunt small game animals and birds for food.

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