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 …

Dec
10
2015
Paul Jennings

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

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Posted Dec 10 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
chickens-and-people

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 …

Nov
6
2015
Paul Jennings

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

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Posted Nov 6 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
childrenandnature

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 …

Nov
2
2015
Paul Jennings

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

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Posted Nov 2 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
planningcottage

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 …

Oct
30
2015
Paul Jennings

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

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Posted Oct 30 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
chickentractor

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 …

Oct
8
2015
Paul Jennings

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

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Posted Oct 8 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
IMG_1088

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 …

Jun
22
2015
Paul Jennings

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

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Posted Jun 22 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
stargazing

“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 …

Jun
5
2015
Paul Jennings

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

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Posted Jun 5 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
ladybird

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 …

May
24
2015
Paul Jennings

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

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Posted May 24 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
fracked

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 on the other, she is determined to push forward fracking in line with David Cameron’s promise to ‘go all out’ for unconventional gas. Read more …

May
18
2015
Paul Jennings

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

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Posted May 18 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
sunflowers

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 Change. Read more …

Apr
22
2015
Paul Jennings

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

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Posted Apr 22 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
dead fish

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 …

Apr
8
2015
Paul Jennings

Health warning about breathing on Friday

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Posted Apr 8 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
air quality

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 …

Apr
7
2015
Paul Jennings

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

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Posted Apr 7 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen

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 …

Mar
25
2015
Paul Jennings

Are we forgetting what pristine nature looks like?

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Posted Mar 25 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
pristine nature

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 …

Mar
12
2015
Paul Jennings

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

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Posted Mar 12 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
lynas

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 …

Mar
8
2015
Paul Jennings

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

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Posted Mar 8 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
polytunnel

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 …

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