On the land...
Over the last 10 weeks, prospective Lammas residents have been
getting busy on the land at Tir-y-Gafel.
They have planted about five thousand trees as well as many
other jobs including repairs to fencing, drainage and trackways
and starting coppicing work in the woodland.
Lammas Plot Opportunity
The Lammas ecovillage project revolves around nine familes
and their smallholding plans. As you can imagine, the ongoing
planning delays have been quite challenging for most of the
families. There is one family in Lammas who have indicated that
they are planning to step back from the project, in which case
their plot (plot 5) will need to be re-allocated.
In addition we are seeking to have a reserve list ready should
anyone else choose to step out or to cover alternative eventualities.
If anyone is interested in becoming a Lammas smallholder, the
main ingredient is enthusiasm. The plots are being offered for
£35,000. There will be an additional fee of £2,500
to cover the costs of the planning process to date. (Lammas
is hoping to be able to offer 12 month loans of up to £17,500).
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for application guidelines.
The future of low-impact policy 52?
The new Local Development Plan for Pembrokeshire is currently
being written. This document will control all development in
the County of Pembrokeshire from 2011 – 2021. We at Lammas are
very concerned by the strategy being proposed. It would appear
that Pembrokeshire are trying to ‘drop’ the low-impact policy
(policy 52). In our opinion this would be disastrous for the
low-impact movement. Pembrokeshire is currently the only county
within the UK to have a comprehensive low-impact policy.
You can help.
The ‘preferred strategy’ is open for public consultation until
May 6th. We have provided a part-completed response form on
our website for people to simply add their name and address
to and e-mail to Pembrokeshire planners. Please visit the campaigns
page of the Lammas website to get involved:
The Lammas Planning Appeal is now lodged. Having originally
been designated as a written appeal it has now, after being
lobbied by Pembrokeshire, been restarted and designated a ‘hearing’.
Thankyou to all of you who have written in support of the project.
We now have over 1,300 letters of support.
The hearing will be open to the public and we would really welcome
your support on the day. Details of when and where the hearing
will follow shortly.
We have been advised that we should receive a decision by August
On The Web
Car share website for coordinating lifts:
A brilliant 12-minute animation on Climate Change, and in particular
the concept of a global ‘tipping point’ which has huge implications
on how we view the challenge before us:
“Opening the door to affordable housing”
Thursday 7th of May 2009 Shrewsbury.
This conference brings together practitioners
from across the construction industry, lenders, the community
sector, and housing providers who are all actively working
with us and our Community Land Trust projects to deliver affordable
You can view the programme and book online at
| | Poem
by Paul Wimbush
The world economy has moved into recession,
dependent on ever increasing consumption of ever dwindling
The leaders from the20 richest nations across the world meet
in London today
Surrounded by violent protests.
One man, hemmed in by police barricades, dies.
Our leaders assure us that they will pull out all the stops,
giving it everything that they have,
$1,100,000,000,000 to get the credit flowing again, to kick
start the world economy.
Whilst all around us our ecosystems show
signs of collapse,
Our fellow species struggle to survive in a changing world
And all the signs point to an irreversible tipping point,
Beyond which there is little hope.
And our government clings to an old-world
financing mining, meat farming, deforestation, aviation, weaponry,
car production, and bonuses for the bankers.
Seemingly unable to rock the boat, to speak the truth, to
undo what must be undone.
There is another way. There is a new
world waiting. Hope budding. Potential bursting.