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Hi

I'm just over the hill and walk the dog in stanmer most weekends, I probably will turn up at some point. I've been around the earthship which was quite interesting.
 
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Good to hear news and see some pics from a few places I've either heard or visited.

Graeme Wade and others - you're welcome for a little Czech holiday if you can manage to agree with most of my (our) principles... if you're not sure what principles I mean check the link in my signature as most of what I mean is indicated at the top on my website (right at the top, and no need read much more if you do no agree). Thanks and click any link below...
 
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Hi all. I'm in in Derby/Nottingham area. I'm saving to buy land, not necessarily in this location. My dream is to live in privacy from urban noise and government control in an off-grid home. Read up all about earthships. Now more interested in earthbag construction. Ultimately, I want to stop working in my current job (stressful, meaningless) and make a living by building and selling sustainable, off-grid homes (something which feels worthwhile and may help others). Unfortunately I've no formal training in the various relevant facets of architecture, agriculture and the associated legal / planning processes. So the last year or so I've been studying a lot, but still feel totally unprepared for this journey. If anyone wants to chat or meet up please msg. I am interested to visit the earthships in Brighton or Fife, the centre for alternative technology in wales, the Eden project, and other such places. I am especially interested to visit examples of off grid homes. Regards, M
 
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*waves* I live in Derbyshire (right on the Nottinghamshire border)- near Alfreton. No offgrid home or anything though I'm afraid, just a regular old house stuffed with insulation and a garden with chickens! There's not a great deal of permie stuff around this area that I've found (not that is advertised in any way, anyhow).

Check out Wirksworth Eco Centre- they do some good and inexpensive courses on straw bale and lime building and things.

Having just come back from the Eden Project I'd highly recommend it, but it's on such a huge scale as to be completely unobtainable as far as building plans go. The Lost Gardens of Heligan is nearby, and has restored Victorian glasshouses, including a working manure-heated pineapple pit- I'd recommend going to visit, it seems much more realistic as far as home-building goes. Also Chatsworth House has some good glasshouses that are sometimes open, and any botanical gardens (Edinburgh botanical gardens glasshouses are amazing! As is Kew Gardens- they have modern builds as well as the original Victorian ones).
 
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Charli Wilson wrote:

Check out Wirksworth Eco Centre- they do some good and inexpensive courses on straw bale and lime building and things.

Having just come back from the Eden Project I'd highly recommend it, but it's on such a huge scale as to be completely unobtainable as far as building plans go. The Lost Gardens of Heligan is nearby, and has restored Victorian glasshouses, including a working manure-heated pineapple pit- I'd recommend going to visit, it seems much more realistic as far as home-building goes. Also Chatsworth House has some good glasshouses that are sometimes open, and any botanical gardens (Edinburgh botanical gardens glasshouses are amazing! As is Kew Gardens- they have modern builds as well as the original Victorian ones).



Hi Charli

Oh, I'll have visit this eco centre in Wirksworth, I'ts close by. Thanks for the heads up

Been to Chatsworth ages ago, although at that age was far more interested in the maze. I'll have to check it out

If you fancy meeting up drop me a msg =)
 
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Just starting out on the permaculture road and am based in Malvern,Worcestershire. I suspect I may have a few questions
 
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Hi All,
I'm Cath and I'm a Permies.com fan, based in London.

I know this is an old post, but I'm in the middle of building a 12 foot diameter hyperadobe roundhouse in my sister's back garden in Reading. UK. Any one who wants to come help would be very welcome.
I live in London, and I can't offer any accommodation, just lunch! Maybe I'll get lucky and this will reach someone with a good mate in the area where they can kip...never know.

We've got the rubble trench foundation done, and the first row of gravel bags is just about to rear above ground level. Next step ..Hyperadobe...very exciting...the mesh roll is being delivered tomorrow.
Anyone with strength, a passion for earth building and love of hard graft (!) is welcome. We expect to finish the walls by end of June...latest. I'm building this in my spare time, so I'm usually there for 2-3 days at a time.  Someone is going to suggest woofers, but I don't have the set-up to accommodate that kind of volunteer. This is a small urban garden in Reading....what we're doing is possibly illegal, but what the hey.

Jobs needing doing next
1) sifting a mountain of soil to remove larger stones and roots
2) blending soil for the right mix
3) filling mesh tubing with" Hyperadobe quick wall machine" as invented by Greek genius on YouTube.
4) building door and window forms.

We'll cap it with a timber/living roof, leave to dry out for a couple of months and then earth plaster in Autumn.

Cath
 
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Hi everyone. I'm a regular Permies reader and watcher from Pontarddulais, Wales in UK and regularly research for  formation on projects I'm looking to do. I have I've got an allotment which I have 2 Hugelkultur beds on and use the Ruth stout mulching method. I keep bees on my kitchen flat roof and grow a lot of my fruit and veg. My 3(about to be 4) children all love planting, and growing and eating what we grow. I don't use slug pellets ()instead I use slog gone) and plant more than I need to account for pests etc. I look to chop and drop weeds and share any glut of produce withe the local community via local churches. I'd be glad to hear if there were other permies users close to me.
Regards to all
 
              
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Paul Andrews wrote:Hi All

I was just wondering how many permies regulars were from the UK

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Hi,

Bee here...I just joined today ...but was also wandering any Brits or anyone from uk. I live in Marbella Spain ...but really looking to off grid living and Tiny or Log house living! Anyone? Check out my profile ..
Have a great day guys!
 
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Hi, I'm in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, recently moved back here.  Is there anyone nearby?
Cheers,
Antony
 
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we are from the UK but  now live in Northern Spain because it is just like southern England without the people, crime or traffic.  Lots of very inexpensive property and land and many permies secreted about the place, quietly growing their way to better lives!
 
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Hi Mandy, sounds great!  I've visited Northern Spain a few times, always loved it.
Cheers,

Antony
 
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