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    Criafolen is a One Planet Development in the heart of West Wales. We are a family of 5 living off grid, doing sustainable building and land use, Permaculture design, Site consultation and Crafts.

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    Trying to make a living on an organic smallholding: Paul Jennings, ‘One-Planet’ smallholder

    Paul Jennings 07-Jun-2020

    This is part 2 of an interview with Paul Jennings, who has built his own straw-bale house and lives with his family on a smallholding in Carmarthenshire in Wales. They were able to build their house via the One Planet Development (OPD) policy in Wales. Here’s part 1 of the interview. Read more

    One Planet Development and access to land: Paul Jennings, OPD smallholder and self-builder

    Paul Jennings 05-Apr-2020

    This is the first part of an interview with Paul Jennings, who lives on a smallholding in Pembrokeshire with his family, and built his own straw-bale home under the One Planet Development policy that exists in Wales (but not in England), which allows people to build a home on their land, even if it is… Continue reading One Planet Development and access to land: Paul Jennings, OPD smallholder and self-builder Read more

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

    Paul Jennings 26-Aug-2018

    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

    What might poultry farms and human society look like if chickens and humans weren’t treated as machines to maximise profit?

    Paul Jennings 10-Dec-2015

    Making use of biological resources, or renewable resources and services as David Holmgren characterises them, is an important principle of Permaculture Design. ‘Renewable services (or passive functions) are those we gain from plants, animals and living soil and water without them being consumed.’ Read more

    What are we supposed to teach children about nature nowadays, without frightening them?

    Paul Jennings 06-Nov-2015

    My little boy Alfred, just turned 6, pays close attention to what he hears. Sometimes this means that we need to be very careful in case he remembers something and then blurts it out in front of just the wrong person. It’s already clear that he’d make an awful spy. Read more

    Why does the planning system make it so difficult for people who want to live on the land sustainably?

    Paul Jennings 02-Nov-2015

    Being able to go through the process of making a planning application for a low impact development may be a sign that there has been some progress for those of us who have hitherto lived, to paraphrase, as outlaws on the planning frontier. Read more

    How a ‘chicken tractor’ can clear and improve soil, as well as getting rid of pests

    Paul Jennings 30-Oct-2015

    My vegetable field has some problems. It’s not that vegetables don’t grow there; over two seasons I’ve had some notable successes, it’s just that there’s verdant weed growth throughout, more slugs than you can shake a stick at, and the soil needs improving Read more

    One Planet Development arrested: my attempts to build a home on a smallholding in Wales

    Paul Jennings 08-Oct-2015

    We moved to Wales because of an extraordinary Welsh Government policy. I shan’t lie, despite all experience and political conviction to the contrary, we were optimistic. One Planet Development seemed to be the kind of advance for low impact living and sustainable land use that we had been hoping for Read more

    Fermi’s paradox: does the lack of contact from extraterrestrials have implications for human survival?

    Paul Jennings 22-Jun-2015

    “Where is everybody?” Enrico Fermi is supposed to have asked in 1950 of his colleagues at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Working from first principles, Fermi calculated that extraterrestrials should have visited the Earth long ago, and many times over Read more

    Will nature deal with our crop and garden pests if we don’t intervene or use poisons?

    Paul Jennings 05-Jun-2015

    It’s been cold, really cold. For a while I thought it was just that my new garden is on a very exposed site, and until the windbreaks really get going I’m going to have to put up with a late start to the season. Read more

    Community vetoes for wind farms, but not for fracking? What’s that about?

    Paul Jennings 24-May-2015

    On the one hand the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Amber Rudd, appears committed to stopping the spread of onshore wind farms; this despite the fact that they are already the most important and cost effective source of renewable energy in the UK, and enjoy the support of two thirds of the population; and… Continue reading Community vetoes for wind farms, but not for fracking? What’s that about? Read more

    Should we be planning to ‘drought-proof’ our food production for a warmer climate?

    Paul Jennings 18-May-2015

    The weather is not the climate. Nonetheless, over the last few years I have noticed that I have developed a slightly panicky fear of the weather; I can’t notice the weather I suppose, without it triggering all sorts of associations in my mind to the myriad articles I’ve read, and conversations I’ve had, about Anthropogenic Climate… Continue reading Should we be planning to ‘drought-proof’ our food production for a warmer climate? Read more

    Art and the apocalypse: do artists and writers have a duty to raise the alarm?

    Paul Jennings 22-Apr-2015

    Sometime last year I took my youngest son for a walk along the beach. I’d been reading an article about climate change and the acidification of the oceans. Bad timing you might call it. Read more

    Health warning about breathing on Friday

    Paul Jennings 08-Apr-2015

    It’s becoming quite a regular thing, this health warning on breathing. Friday this week, in large parts of the east and south-east of England, air pollution is forecast to rise to dangerous levels. You can check these air quality forecasts out here. Read more

    Are schools just for preparing kids for a corporate world, and should home education be the norm in a future, non-corporate society?

    Paul Jennings 07-Apr-2015

    There was a time when it was much easier for me to stumble into an argument over the choice to home educate than almost any other subject. People who would hesitate to call me a fool for being an anarchist or a vegetarian would wade in with all kinds of Read more

    Are we forgetting what pristine nature looks like?

    Paul Jennings 25-Mar-2015

    Singing about the environment, Joni Mitchell reminded us “that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”; maybe the truth is that very quickly after things are gone they are forgotten, not only lost, but unmissed Read more

    Mark Lynas thinks that corporate capitalism can solve climate change – that’s like burning your house down to keep warm

    Paul Jennings 12-Mar-2015

    Oh do beware someone who comes before you and claims to be the voice of reason. Mark Lynas does exactly that in this morning’s Guardian and it doesn’t wash. His argument is barely an argument at all, more like a sort of faux man-in-the-street flimflam. Beware. Read more

    Putting up a polytunnel: fresh fruit & veg all year round

    Paul Jennings 08-Mar-2015

    There’s loads of information around when you come to put up your polytunnel. The one I’ve just finished erecting came with really good instructions and the company website provides a whole host of instructional videos for the fiddly bits Read more

    There’s a crash coming – a slap from Mother Nature. This isn’t pessimistic; it’s realistic.

    The human impact on nature and on each other is accelerating and needs systemic change to reverse.

    We’re not advocating poverty, or a hair-shirt existence. We advocate changes that will mean better lives for almost everyone.

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