The AGM will take place at 1 pm,
Saturday 21st June 2008 at Pont y gafel
(Plot 8, Lammas)
I live here in Pembrokeshire, one of the most beautiful places
on earth. All my life I have felt an inner connection to the natural
world. Now even more than ever I am drawn to spend more time in
nature, to play with my children outside, take walks, and talk
to trees. My work also embodies this inner desire.
I work with willow, the most sustainable and rejuvenating tree
that exists. I make beautiful sculptures and play structures.
I do this work with children in schools, helping them get their
hands muddy & connecting them back to our original mother,
the earth. I love this work, I love how the children respond –
with enthusiasm and a joy for the most basic ‘toys’
they are offered; earth, water, wood, fresh air.
I also work with wool, making felted creatures cushions and other
crafts. Wool is such a lovely material to work with, particularly
organic wool dyed by hand using natural dyes. So gentle on the
eye, and soft to the touch.
I am not normally a patient person, however being part of Lammas
has made me so. I look forward with calm anticipation to approval
of the planning permission we await. I look forward to being able
to grow my own willow and raise my own sheep, dying the wool using
my own herbs.
Lammas is a dream being born. This is the way of life I need for
my inner self, and the way that we all need for our future and
for our children. Despite all the troubles of the world, many
of us are feeling and focussing upon the overwhelming need for
light living. We recognise the need for Lammas as a pioneering
project taking planning law into the 21st century.
My last few days have been very busy collecting letters of support
to send to planning. The selfless actions of people willing to
write positive letters of support is wonderful and it fills me
I have been patient; I will continue to be patient. Because I
know Lammas will be reality very soon.
Pembrokeshire Lammas Talk
Lammas will be giving a slideshow talk at the SPAN arts centre
in Narberth at 7.45pm on Tuesday 22nd April as part of the Friends
of the Earth Pembrokeshire AGM. The new site model will be there,
and there will be a discussion on sustainable development afterwards
Contributions to this newsletter are most welcome. Please contact
Design Commission for Wales
Lammas took its proposal to a Welsh Assembly appointed commission
recently to get their assessment of the project. Our Planning
Officer (David Popplewell) also attended. The design review panel
were all very supportive of the project describing it as “inspirational”.
The Design Commission will write a report which act as a material
consideration for the planners.
The Lammas site model is now finished. Kit Owen (prospective
resident) spent 4 months making the model largely using recycled
and reclaimed materials.
Letters of Support
A big thankyou to all those who have sent
letters and e-mails of support. We have just been advised that
the planning department will still consider letters (and e-mails)
of support received after the statutory deadline, up until 3rd
Remember to include your name and address on all correspondence.
Please write to:
Pembrokeshire County Council
1B County Hall
Please include the following planning reference in your correspondance:
Planning application resubmission by Lammas Low Impact Initiatives
Ltd for a settlement of nine eco-smallholdings at Pont y Gafel,
And simply indicate your support for the project.
Seeking Professional Assistance
Lammas is aspiring to create exemplary models of low-impact housing.
As a part of this we think the 6 self-build house designs (and
some outbuilding designs) would really benefit from some professional
input. In order to facilitate this, Lammas is establishing a resource
list for residents so that they can access professional advice/
assistance for the detailed design of their houses/ outbuildings.
In particular we are keen to explore spatial arrangements, environmental
performance, construction detailing, structural analysis, quantity
If you have any of these skills (or others you think may be helpful
at this design stage) and would consider offering advice or assistance
(on either a charitable or paid basis), then please contact Paul:
Thank you very much
Climate Code Red:
The Case for a Sustainability Emergency
Friends of the Earth Australia published this report on climate
change in February. It is an excellent and up to date overview
of climate science and a call for emergency action at the political
Derrick Jensen was awarded press action person of the year in
2006 for the books Endgame vol 1&2. He takes an uncomromising
look at the state of our world and calls upon individuals to take
You can hear snippets of his thoughts in a series of youtube
videos or listen to this longer
lecture in audio only.
Investor spotlight: Andy Hill
“I've just been talking to one of the local shepherds.
He wanted to know if we like sheep’s cheese, and because
we do, he has promised to bring us two big cheeses next week,
in exchange for us letting him graze his animals on our lower
terraces. Standing there, in the sun, the sound of the sheep bells
jingling I couldn't help but think "what a fantastic life
“We are lucky enough to live on a 2 hectare organic smallholding,
with south-facing terraces, and a stunning view of two mountain
ranges – the Serra de Estrela and Serra de Açor -
in central Portugal. We grow much of our own veg, have 400 vines,
60 olive trees, chickens, geese, and ducks in a pond fed by a
natural spring. Our water comes from our own well. We are 5 minutes
from a thriving village, 10 minutes from a small market town,
40 minutes from the historic university city of Coimbra and 2
hours from Porto.
“We've been working this farm now for two and a half years,
learning as we go. It sure has been a steep learning curve - I'd
never done building, farming, wine-making, vine pruning, olive
harvesting or had animals until we came here. And let’s
not forget learning a whole new language to be able to interact
with the locals. We seem to be getting there with Portuguese,
it is so nice to be able to chat with the locals, and actually
understand what they are saying.
“I think its ridiculous that the UK is still seeing this
kind of project as 'alternative' and pioneering, when very soon
everyone is going to have to start thinking about oil, food, water
etc.... 'Interesting times' ahead methinks.”
Andy and Sophie work for catalyst collective ltd in the uk, helping
people set up co-ops:
….and also run a workers cooperative which organises green
holidays and properties in Central Portugal:
They recently invested some of the profits from their endeavours
in Lammas shares.