Lammas Newsletter, August 2008

Comment

Jane Wells
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 to be………………..

 

Lammas News

Planning

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 (paul.wimbush@lammas.org.uk) for further info.

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 people.


Change of address

Our registered office has moved to:
Tegfan
St Dogmaels
Pembrokeshire
SA43 3HB

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.

Low-Impact News

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.

Click here for details:

Resources

The low-impact news magazine is available as an online archive:

www.lowimpactnews.org.uk

It contains lots of how-to articles, practical info, articles from roving reporters and pictures of low-impact dwellings.

Climate Camp

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 fuel technologies.

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 camp website.

Simon Dale

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