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Nov
21
2017
Ruby Taylor

Making an ash pack basket

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Ruby's finished ash pack basket

In a post kindly shared from the Native Hands blog, our basketry specialist Ruby Taylor recounts a recent trip to the woods to make a beautiful ash pack basket. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Live Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Live Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Nov
16
2017
Christine Page

Cow-calf dairying part 5: creating a bond and first milking

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This is where we get to the nitty-gritty of cow-calf dairying, looking at creating a bond and the first milking; but it’s important that you have understood the whole series so far (see right or click here) before reading on, as much of what is covered here relates to points made before. Read more …

Nov
14
2017
Emma Olliff

What’s the best thing to do with the uplands, in terms of sustainability?

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This is a question asked in an interesting debate on Facebook along the lines of uplands and their appropriate maintenance with regards to grazing. There are several fascinating projects and opinion pieces that were linked to Read more …

Nov
12
2017
Simon Lennane

£30, credit-card-sized, non-corporate, low-energy computers set up to run Linux; any boxes not ticked there?

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These are cheap (£30) mini computers that run Linux and will make a good second computer for children (for example), a media player in another room, or a data server. It might save people buying another laptop and it means you can reuse the peripherals of older PCs (screen, mouse etc). Read more …

Nov
10
2017
Dave Darby

‘Land for What?’ meeting in Leicester tomorrow (sorry for short notice, but it’s worth it)

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Sorry for the ridiculously short notice, but if you’re interested in land issues, and have nothing on this weeked, this is really worth getting yourself to. Read more …

Nov
9
2017
Jessie Watson Brown

Why I walk: a conversation with a walking guide

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Walking is as old as the hills, and yet so many aren’t getting out in their local areas. On a sunny October afternoon, with the backdrop of birdsong, I spoke to walking guide Emma Cunis about her story with walking and what she offers as Dartmoor’s Daughter; where she runs walks and nature connection events on Dartmoor, Devon.

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Nov
7
2017
Christine Page

Cow-calf dairying part 4: udder development

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Welcome to part 4 of this series on cow-calf dairying, focusing on udder development. By now you will be starting to understand that keeping calves on dairy cows is a fine art; that it is a case of balancing the emotional and physical needs of both cow and calf; and why there are no set rules, just guidelines. Read more …

Nov
5
2017
Sophie Paterson

Historically heating: forgotten ways to keep warm this winter

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With winter on the way and inspired by a recent visit to the Weald & Downland Museum, Sophie Paterson explores a selection of historical personal heating methods. Could they be adopted in homes today? Read more …

Nov
2
2017
Lesley Anderson

Using pigs for woodland conservation

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At this year’s Scottish Smallholder Festival  I attended a fascinating talk by Jack Flusk and Katie Swift of Conservation Pigs about their pioneering use of pigs for woodland conservation work. With benefits to the pigs, the pig keeper and the woodland this is a practice which could become far more widespread. Read more …

Oct
31
2017
Sophie Paterson

The great Human Power Plant experiment: an update

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Regular readers of our blog may recall an earlier post about an exciting experiment taking place in the Netherlands in the form of a hydro-pneumatic human power plant harnessing human energy. Here’s an update on progress so far. Read more …

Oct
29
2017
Phil Moore

Opportunity to rent (or cropshare) 7 organic acres in Sussex

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Postcode: TN35 4AP.  It’s across the road from the village of Fairlight and a 5 minute drive to Hastings. Read more …

Oct
26
2017
Christine Page

Cow-calf dairying part 3: calf rumen development

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Here, in part 3 of our series on dairying without removing calves from their mothers, we look at the importance of managing a calf’s nutrition in order to support the effective calf rumen development, essential to her long-term health and productivity. Read more …

Oct
24
2017
Linda Kaucher

Can you offer your IT skills to help build a website to challenge the pro-corporate bias in UK trade deals?

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Website help needed: with Brexit, the UK will be heading into international ‘trade’ deals, which are likely to be as much about establishing corporate rights and diminishing democracy as the EU/US TTIP – a deal that is now on the back-burner. Read more …

Oct
22
2017
Jenny Liddle

Omelettes, sticky ribs and Scotch eggs at the Midlands vegan festival next weekend

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The 10th annual West Midlands Vegan Festival is set to be a feast for your palette as well as your eyes. Taking place in Wolverhampton on 28th and 29th October, the event will feature a wide range of global vegan foods, the latest innovations in alternatives for dairy lovers plus the hottest vegan fashion, footwear and beauty products Read more …

Oct
19
2017
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 5: harvesting the wool

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Harvesting wool through shearing

In The Wool Journey Part 5, Sue Blacker of Blacker Yarns and The Natural Fibre Company explains the process of harvesting wool with an in-depth look at sheep shearing. Read more …

Oct
17
2017
Jessie Watson Brown

Is leather tanning ethical?

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Traditional hide tanner, Jessie Watson Brown, offers her thoughts on the ethics of leather tanning, from large-scale industrial tanning, to home-scale natural tanning. Read more …

Oct
15
2017
Dave Darby

Is it ethical to eat meat, or to keep animals for meat or dairy?

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This is a very important question for us here at Lowimpact.org, because we have courses, books, magazines, links etc on keeping animals and on game. We also have vegetarianism and veganism as topics – because we recognise the environmental benefits of eating less meat. Read more …

Oct
12
2017
Jeffrey Hart

The Big Straw Bale Gathering 2018

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Big Straw Bale Gathering 2018

Straw-bale Building UK (SBUK) presents The Big Straw Bale Gathering 2018 with the theme of sowing the inspiration, growing the industry & harvesting the knowledge of all things related to building with straw. Read more …

Oct
10
2017
Linda Kaucher

Post-Brexit trade deals explained: how they will hand more power to multinational corporations – at our expense

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With Brexit the main aim seems to be to have trade agreements with as many countries as possible and as soon as possible. Little attention is paid (none?) to the content or purpose of those post-Brexit trade deals – and for whose benefit they would be. Read more …

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