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Nimby nature

Recent objections to our planning application reviewed in a few short videos…

Somerset to Wales

After leaving the Burrowhill Cidery we visited the Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre for an insight into the ancient craft of growing and harvesting willow for crafts and charcoal.  Another National Trust property later and we were in Wales to visit more friends, Gerd, Camilla and Lea.  They happened to live quite close to the Centre for Alternative Technology and so we also spent a day there…

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Devon

After leaving the New Forest and spending a few days on the Jurassic coast we came to Devon.  This amazing county has so much to offer.  We visited victorian walled kitchen gardens, did a bit of basic cider making, toured around Martin Crawford’s Food Forest demonstration site, picked more mushrooms, visited travelling friends and explored Dartmoor with them.  We checked out the last remaining working water powered forge and Lydford Gorge… amazing times.

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The Internship – Water Harvesting Project…

Following the PDC Michelle hosted an NVC introduction before we started the internship project.  Due to the urgency of water needs on site we decided to direct our efforts there.  A structure was designed and built using mostly natural or recycled materials and with the help of all the folk who stayed on to help in a matter of days we had the beginnings of our water harvesting system.

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We decided on a green roof, partly to fit more into the landscape but also to make use of resources we had on site.  This will slow the water collection down but should make little difference once at saturation point.  The multi functionality of the structure offers protection to the secure storage facility whilst allowing some space for shelter when outdoor workers need it.  It also provides a wildlife habitat and cuts down on rain noise.  Finishing touches have been held up due to a planning enforcement notice.

All of the world’s problems can be solved in a garden…

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