Allotment-sharing benefits

Sweetcorn planting on inner city allotment

Sweetcorn planting

I have always wanted an allotment, but felt daunted by lack of knowledge and the sheer scale of the undertaking. You can’t potter about and just do a bit, because there is such a demand for allotments that any signs of neglect can lead to – well,  losing the plot.

A […]


Bring back public drinking-water fountains

drinking fountain in France

Bring back public drinking water fountains and say NO to bottled water. This industry has to be the silliest, most wasteful and harmful activity known to man, after perhaps war. Ask for tap water in pubs and restaurants.

Watch this concise and comprehensive video from The Story of Stuff Project.

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Companion Planting for Fruit Trees

Three-Cornered Leek, Allium triquetrum

Three-Cornered Leek

Plants which benefit fruit trees include:

Alliums, or the onion genus. Members include Onions, Shallots, Leeks, Scallions, Garlic and Chives. Another member of the genus which is useful as a no-maintenance “wild-food” crop, of which all parts are edible, is Three-Cornered Leek (Allium triquetrum) which resembles a bluebell, but having a white […]

Environmental Protection Agency Puts Greenhouse Gas Rules for Oil Refineries on Backburner – Truthout

Sunday 11 March 2012 by: Elizabeth McGowan, InsideClimate News | Report

‘There are no current rules under development on that issue,’ EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson tells Congress.

Excerpt: Soil Not Oil

Soil Not Oil

by Vandana Shiva

The following is an excerpt from the book:

The industrialized, globalized food system is based on oil. It is under threat because of the inevitability of “peak oil.” It is also under threat because it is more vulnerable than traditional agriculture to climate change, to which it has […]

Goose steps and mass graves? We’re only trying to save the world – Telegraph

Caroline Lucas; Caroline Lucas: the Green in beige who could be Nick Clegg

Climate Change

Goose steps and mass graves? We’re only trying to save the world I enjoy a visit to ClarksonWorld along with the next man, but I can’t live there , writes Robert Webb.

Caroline Lucas: ‘Westminster is like Hogwarts on steroids,a Byzantine place, like a very beautiful museum’

By Robert […]

Human Body Heat Used To Power Buildings In Sweden

Engineers in Stockholm have discovered a new way to trap and use human body heat. We usually look outside ourselves – to the sun, wind, or ocean -for a source of sustainable power. Stockholm real estate company Jernhusen decided to turn their search inward by creating technology that can channel the heat generated […]

Midsummer Feast at Community Allotment

Culture and Permaculture: Party down the allotment with a local choir, a prize-winning allotment holder and sax-player, food, drink and marshmallow-toasting last Wednesday at Scott Ave community allotment:


Ministers plan huge sell off of Britain’s forests

Ministers plan huge sell-off of Britain’s forests

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via Ministers plan huge sell off of Britain’s forests – Telegraph.

Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, is expected to announce plans within days to dispose of about half of the 748,000 hectares of woodland overseen by the Forestry Commission by 2020.

The controversial […]

Rosehips for inner Winter Fire

Rose Hips

There are still a few rosehips about, juicy and full of almost 20 times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges – good for fighting infection, colds & flu, sore throat, fatigue and stress – vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, K, a wide variety of flavonoids, polyphenols and essential fatty acids.

Studies by […]