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Kate Hooper
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We are a family of 4; our children aged 12 and 10 years and are home educated. Our aim is to give them the tools and resilience to live a happy, sustainable life.

The last 2 years we have lived off grid in a cabin in our 36 acre woodland near Llandovery in carmarthenshire. Our existence has been very basic. We have our own spring water, a 12V electric system powered by solar panels; we have a compost toilet. We’ve minimized our waste through composting and recycling. We minimized travel, by walking or cycling.

However, we have spent the last year fighting the LPA and have now won 3 years temporary permission to live in our woodland.

We really want to live more sustainably. We can’t grow food in the woodland because of the lack of light. Our solar panels are not working as efficiently as we would like, again due to the lack of light. Our access to the woodland is via 4 fields and through a river. This can only be accessed through a fuel guzzling 4X4.


We have a vision to set ourselves up with a small holding, to start a centre for sustainable living and eventually expand into an eco-village.

Our aim is to provide the public with information on how to live sustainably.
Having an areas and buildings: for workshops; talks; films and a sustainable education centre. An information resource centre providing help on skill sharing, lift sharing, land share, recycling, free giving of items.... many, many more ideas to create a resilient community for the future.

We would like to share experiences and ideas for an ideal sustainable living model, sharing food production, transport, waste management and energy use.

We are buzzing with ideas and are at present in the process of selling our woodland to finance the purchase of suitable land. We are looking for funding and support for our huge project to set a precedent for the future of community resilience.

We're really looking for other like minded people who would like to come in with us on our plans. Please contact us if this sounds interesting to you.
On our site I've done a mind map in the form of a PDF that sets out all the aspects of our vision, please take a look.

http://www.forestryproducts.co.uk/out-of-the-woods/


Thanks
Kate


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Kate Hooper
07765 907 669
purplekatehooper@gmail.com
Filename: sustainableCentreModel.pdf
Description: this is a mind map of the ideas we have for incorporation into the design of the sustainablle living centre
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Sam White
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Hi Kate, it looks like you and yours have plenty of ambition! It sounds like you're planning to establish a less education- and research-centric version of CAT which not necessarily a bad thing; have you got a location or tract of land in mind? What sources of additional funding are you looking at? How to you intend to generate cash in order to realise some of all of the projects you've outlined in your mind map?

Apologies for the questions; I have an inquisitive mind

Cheers,

Sam
 
Kerry Ceilidh
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I'd love to know how you got on Kate.
The three year extension must be up.  Did you sell the woodland and find your perfect place?
 
Jeremy Baker
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HI Kate and Co. Hope you're making progress and what's your status? I'm a little baffled. Might you please explain. Woodlands are wonderful for many aspects of permaculture and homesteading. Why not use what you have, the woodland. You may be familiar with a book,The Woodland Way? Check out Feral Farm which is an almost identical climate in Washington State. It was almost entirely woodland and also on a river. Much food and solar can be collected from relatively small clearings. I personally planted a cleared dairy farm to a woodland. It seems human beings want something other than what they have. Please illuminate this topic.  I  know someone who placed solar panels and a wind turbine high on top of a tall tree. "The problem is the solution" but he needed to cut the top out with a chain saw. If one is a purist using no modern infernal combustion engines it can limit the choices available. "Fossil fuel" is solar energy, from plants and algae primarily, stored by the Earth for us to use wisely. I personally think we are not using nearly as wisely as we could.
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