Potential Lammas resident
I have always felt an affinity with the natural environment
and during my teens (late 70’s) when I started to develop my
adult feelings and beliefs, this included my desire to live
lightly upon the earth knowing that she would provide for me
if I worked with her. It was during this time that my passion
for gardening developed along with the desire to work the land
to sustain myself and future family. I studied as many books
about self sufficiency and gardening as I could, trained as
a carpenter and tried to lessen my impact on the earth’s resources.
Through the years I held on to my self sufficiency dream by
growing as much produce as I could in urban gardens and keeping
a few hens for eggs but after 20 years of dreaming it never
seemed that it would become any more than that.
I had always been interested in ancient history and began
to investigate pagan beliefs and festivals on the internet.
By accident I came across the first Lammas website. I can’t
remember very much about it now except that I felt a very strong
connection with those people. I remember saying to Andy that
we should make contact with them because in a couple of years
we might be very interested in a project like that. We didn’t
make contact, however, but I did join the eco-village network.
I forgot all about Lammas.
By 2007 I was teaching full time and somehow managing the allotment.
I had worked hard to set up an active allotment society. A neighbour
had expressed an interest in keeping chickens so we decided
to share the responsibility of keeping some. It was just before
Yule when an email came through from the eco village network
to say that a plot had become available on the Lammas project.
I recognised the name immediately and knew this was just meant
We are now expecting a decision on September 9th! A big thankyou
to all those who have written in support of the project.
Please help us buy the land for the Ecovillage-
Appeal for loans
We are keen to press on with our first ecovillage development.
We would like to purchase the land so that we can begin landscaping
and tree planting. The landowner (Su Burke) is keen for us to
proceed. The plan is to borrow the money now and, when we get
planning, repay the loans (by selling nine leasehold agreements
to the nine families). In the unlikely event that we do not
get planning we will sell the land and recover the loans. Amongst
the Lammas team we have raised £147,000. Thus we are appealing
to you to help us raise the remaining £58,000 needed to
purchase the land. We have full legal loan agreements available
and can offer 5% on any loans. If you are interested in helping
please contact Paul Wimbush (email@example.com) for
Lammas at Blue Rock festival
Despite the mud we held a stall at this local community arts
festival and took the opportunity to meet and talk with local
Change of address
Our registered office has moved to:
Happy 3rd Birthday Lammas
Lammas was launched on 1st August 2005 around a campfire at
Dance Camp Wales. Since then we have played a key role in lobbying
for and shaping low-impact planning policy in Wales. Three years
on we are on the verge of getting a planning decision about
our ecovillage planning application, and are poised, ready to
begin work on the ground.
We would like to say a big thanks to all those who have supported
and helped us over the years.
Welsh Low Impact Policy opportunity
If you live in Wales then please play a part in the latest
Welsh Assembly consultation on a Welsh Low-Impact Development
Policy. This is a rare chance to get some national guidance
on LID. It is also our chance to lobby for something a little
more flexible than Pembrokeshire’s model policy.
here for details:
The low-impact news magazine is available as an online archive:
It contains lots of how-to articles, practical info, articles
from roving reporters and pictures of low-impact dwellings.
Last week my family and I took a trip to the camp for climate
action beside Kingsnorth power station in Kent. Kingsnorth is
the proposed site for the first of a new wave of 'clean' coal
burning power stations. Clean coal means that the plant will
be built with sufficient room on the outside of its chimneys
to fit carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. This technology
is not expected to be available for at least another 20 years
and when it is will capture a tiny 15% of total emissions [World
Development Movement]. This will still mean that 'clean coal'
will still be significantly more polluting than all other fossil
The camp aimed to bring awareness to these facts and the urgent
need for practical strategies to deal with climate change. Whilst
the mainstream media attention focussed on the heavy handed
policing of the event, inside the camp it was a different story.
The camp was inspirationally well run by the non-hierarchical
consensus decision making of the 1,500 or so attendees. There
was a comprehensive workshop program cover topics from government
energy policy to direct action techniques and low impact living.
I was particularly inspired by the diversity and synergy of
attendees from hard-line anarchists to national policy advisors,
MPs and even NUM leader Arthur Scargill. Regarding the science
and solutions to climate change, this is by far the most educational
event I have been to, and ironic that we had to put up with
the police being so intent on disrupting it. I'd highly recommend
next year's event to anyone. For more, including independent
media coverage of the event see the climate