A number of organisations are involved in designing the waterworks of a new development. Planners, the Local Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) Adoption Board, designers, and civil specialists all have to come to a consensus on what’s best for the project. It’s important that self-builders know the technical issues involved, and that they share the vision of how their project will benefit from the water-related work, … Continue reading Rainwater Harvesting and Sustainable Drainage Systems
I was high on the feel-goodness of my first Sunday’s volunteering at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, so I committed myself to a whole weekend of it a fortnight later. Day One -Long Wood Community Woodland I heard about the Long Wood Community Woodland green build project from Gary at the farm, and arranged to help out with the build last Saturday 12th July. Long Wood … Continue reading Ben’s volunteering Blog: Days Two & Three at Long Wood and Denmark Farm
Permaculture is all about living harmoniously with our natural environment. Centred on growing food that is native and beneficial to the local area, permaculture also includes everything from sustainable building and renewable energy, to entertainment and waste management. Self-sufficiency Living a strict permaculture lifestyle would mean achieving total self-sufficiency, but there is plenty about the permaculture way of living that everyone can take something from. … Continue reading What is Permaculture?
Most gardens follow a similar design, with a few shrubs around the edges and a large area of cut grass set between them. A permaculture garden makes much more of your outdoor space, allowing you to grow food and provide habitats for wildlife right on your doorstep! You can do this alone or as part of a group, like the Transition Towns that are cropping … Continue reading Grow a Permaculture Garden
You’ve probably come across the term ‘transition towns’, but even as the term becomes more and more common, lots of us still don’t really know what the whole transition thing is about. What is a transition town? Transition towns expand upon Permaculture, a sustainable way of living which combines a sense of community with a greater environmental conscience. Transition towns are made of things such … Continue reading What are Transition Towns?
On Sunday 22nd June, I delivered a couple of pots of paint to Gary at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre. We don’t ordinarily make personal deliveries from Celtic Sustainables, but when it makes sense then we’re more than happy to! It just happened that I’d already planned earlier on in the week to spend my Sunday volunteering at the Centre when Gary ordered his paint, and … Continue reading Ben’s volunteering Blog: Day One at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre
Peat is an important part of the ecosystem here in the UK, and since we’ve become a nation of such keen gardeners our supplies have been dwindling. Peat provides a home for all kinds of creatures from dragonflies to pheasants, and as a 1 cm layer takes around 10 years to form it is highly unsustainable. Thankfully, responsible gardeners have plenty of alternatives to choose … Continue reading A Gardener’s alternatives to Peat
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself with nothing to do on a regular basis and want to give yourself a reason to get up and go at the weekend, why not try volunteering? There are lots of good reasons to give it a go, and plenty of good causes looking for help. Check out our social media manager Ben’s blog on volunteering to get you … Continue reading Get Involved in Conservation Volunteering
Biomass fuel is about to become even more sustainable, as producers are being urged to register their businesses on the government’s brand new biomass suppliers list (BSL). The list will tie in to the renewable heat incentive (RHI), making sure that claimants buy from listed businesses if they want their cash incentive. This will help Ofgem, which is putting the list together, to reassure themselves … Continue reading Biomass Fuel becomes more Sustainable with Biomass Suppliers List (BSL)
Tiny houses are suddenly all the rage. In the USA, where everything from cars to hamburgers is supersized, the houses have started growing in the opposite direction. Reacting to the extravagances we all know and love America for, a growing number of Americans are throwing in the towel on huge square-footage and choosing instead to live in wheeled sheds in the garden. As a tiny … Continue reading Build a Tiny House in the Garden