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The Land Issue 16 Summer 2014

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Land Registry: Data For Sale
Snorkels at Dawn
Scottish Land Reform; Small Farmers Feed the World; GM & Organic in Australia; Right to Farm; TTIP; Co-op Farms; Song Line; Round-Up: Will the Ban Spread to Europe?
Bots on the Landscape
Simon Fairlie is not impressed with robots coming over here and taking our farm jobs.
Rough Ground Resources
Peter Dudley traces a history of frugal farming in west Cornwall.
Taming the Quinoa Bonanza
Marygold Walsh-Dilley finds Bolivian peasants pulling together.
Fighting Off The Frackers
Katy Dunne sounds the alarm.
Fracking our Food
Paul Mobbs joins the dots between extreme fossil fuels and industrial agriculture.
Monsoon Conservation
Richard Cox explores the many functions of India’s stepwells.
The People’s Water Board
Gill Barron and Sharon Stewart on the acequia system of New Mexico.
The Paracommons of Salvaged Water
Bruce Lankford ponders ‘efficiency’.
The Uses of Dew
A neglected resource is rediscovered through dewponds in Sussex and fog-nets in Peru.
Living Rivers
David Quammen explains why a river is really an organism.
Lost in the Wash
Simon Fairlie explores the history of public wash-houses in Britain and France.
Archimedes’ Screw Turns Again
Gill Barron investigates a small town micro-hydro scheme.
Flood Plain Follies
Musings on the predicament of those who must live by the river.
Community Land: Growing Together
Ken Elkes on two useful channels of land access information.
Farming With Friends
Getting the plot: other routes into a land-based life.
How Now, Grow Heathrow?
Britain’s best-known protest allotment gets a visit from Rich Thornton.
The Zen of Shackery
The aesthetics of abandonment are explored by our staff trespassers.
The Fear of Not Flying
Simon Fairlie prefers hitch-hiking.
Midsummer Meadows
Complementary books reviewed by Patrick Whitefield and Roger Creagh-Osborne.
Kett, CAT, Permaculture (again) and Deep Green Resistance - letters from Peter Harper and others.
What Stops LID Going Mainstream?
asks Simon Fairlie.
Small Cabins A-Plenty
Robert Alcock on low impact buildings in Spain.
The Ghost of Annex A
Two appeal wins clarify changing rules on agricultural dwellings.

The Land Issue 15 Winter 2013-2014

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Facing up to Fracking
Land Reform in Sight
No Milk Today
Adios Streetlights, Starlight Hello
Year of the Family Farm - No Subsidies for Smallholders under Twelve Acres - Fracking in England and Romania - NFU Betrays Bees - Banks Bulldoze Borneo - TTIP - Tesco - Cattle on the Common - Food Waste - Oxford Farming Conferences
From Bad to Worse
Coal-fired power stations are switching to imported wood pellets. Mike Hannis questions the outcome.
Money Makes the Earth Move
Who will bail out the Spanish gas storage cock-up? ask Elena Gerebizza and Xavier Sol.
Unnatural Capital
Allocating a financial value to nature paves the way for increased development, argues Mike Hannis.
Seeds of Resistance
Ed Hamer explains how EU legislation threatens seed sovereignty.
Swill, Swine Fever and Slaughter
The threat of disease is being used to eliminate backyard farmers. Simon Fairlie reports.
40,000 Cow Megadairy on Indian Gigafarm
The shape of things to come in India?
Livestock’s Shadow Shortened
The FAO retracts its estimate that 18 per cent of global warming comes from livestock.
Peasants, Food Sovereignty and The Landworkers’ Alliance
... defended by Chris Smaje.
Permaculture Looks in the Mirror
Responses to articles in issue 14.
Can Arable be Permacultural?
Federico Filippi does the experiments.
Selling the Silver
The enclosure of UK fisheries by the quota system is analysed by Emma Cardwell.
Securing Land for Farmers
Neil Ravenscroft examines what the UK can learn from Terre de Liens in France.
How Co-ops get Carpet-Bagged
Donal O’Driscoll looks at the weaknesses and strengths of housing co-ops.
The Scandal of Ireby Fell.
Landgrabbers and the Land Registry in cahoots? Gill Barron reports.
Obituaries - Great Writers on Land Issues
Elaine Morgan, Joan Thirsk and Alfred Russel Wallace.
Robert Kett and the Norfolk Rising
Gill Barron uncovers the story of a long-maligned revolutionary.
Building the Green Valley
Re-enacting ancient farming systems is hard slog, finds Gill Barron.
A Deep Green Resistance
Adam Herriot introduces a book that seeks to inspire a movement.
Another Hand-Out to the Gentry
Should change of use from barn to dwelling be permitted development?
One Planet Council
One Planet Developers gird their loins.
View from England
Simon Fairlie considers whether low impact development is easier in Wales or in England.
And a Small Cabin Build There
A court case sends shock waves through the Irish planning system.
Will Fortune’s Case Favour the Brave?
Davis Mooney and Eileen Flanagan on Wicklow CC v Fortune.
Housing Scrapbook
Homelessness is a crime in many US cities. Will that approach spread to Europe/
Fairways and Foul
An unnecessary golf course is rebuffed by an inspired paragraph of case law.
Happy Ending to a Sorry Tale
Hopefully we conclude our 15 year coverage of the Morlands site at Glastonbury.

The Land Issue 14 Summer 2013

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Post Resistante
The Trouble with 'Peasants'
Sustainable Intensification
Seed Saving - Carbeth - Satyagraha - Squatting - Pig Swill campaign - Ducks in China - Lord Golf - Euro Land Grabs - Duchies’ Dirty Tricks - A Rural Occupation - Dark Times on Sark
The Big Rock Candy Mountain.
Peter Harper suggests taking the cult out of permaculture.
Permaculture: Back to Basics?
Simon Fairlie asks Patrick Whitefield whether permaculture has lost the plot.
Will Rewilding Work?
Bill Grayson reviews George Monbiot’s 'Feral'.
Rewilding and Food Security.
Simon Fairlie on the “sheepwrecked” uplands of Wales.
Rewilding in Retrospect.
Helen Baczkowska discusses progress in Norfolk and beyond.
Neoliberals and Nature.
Mark Fisher investigates unaccountable conservation funding.
Common Problems, Common Muddles and Common Sense.
Bill Lloyd explains commons registration.
What Future for Britain’s Native Ponies?
David Anthony Murray.
Moving to Pastures New.
John Turner on a new livestock farming initiative.
Fescue to the Rescue.
Richard Brown describes a new multi-tasking grass hybrid.
Land, Debt and Jubilee.
Mike Hannis highlights the long and troubled history of farm debt.
The Natural Capital Myth.
Sian Sullivan explains how nature is being reinvented as money.
In Praise of Quarries.
Let’s go back to using local stone, says Simon Fairlie
In Search of the English Cadastre.
Simon Fairlie pursues the holy grail of land registration.
Of Wolves, Words and Wilderness.
Utopia’s National Archives.
Gill Barron enjoys a new history of communal living in Britain.
Economics and Land.
Not Very Universal Credit.
Cathy Ashley warns that benefit changes may penalise smallholders.
Ecological Land Co-op Appeal Victory
Keeping the Blue Finger Green
Use Class Changes
Portmeadow Before and After
Appeals and Planning Decisions

The Land Issue 13 Winter 2012-13

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An Appetite for Insurrection
Free to be Deluded
The Two-Pronged Fork
Welcome La Via Campesina
Mud and Ashes
GM labelling in the USA; Défense Paysanne; Hastings Road Protest; UK Food Securoty Summit; Good Food March to Brussels; LVT Private Member's Bill; Agricultural Minimum Wage abolished; Hay becomes a Commodity; Licence to Drill.
Green Conservatism
Mike Hannis finds Roger Scruton still regretting the French Revolution.
Enclosure on the Grand Scale
The similarities between landgrabbing and the enclosure of English Commons.
Assault on Peasantry
Food security is the ideological pretext for an attack on food sovereignty.
Why the Rush?
Tania Murray Li explores the discourse behind the land bonanza.
Journey through Sugarland
Fred Pearce’s quest for the bitter truth behind this favourite indulgence.
The Aftermath of an SEZ
Michael Levien documents the impacts of an Indian land grab on a rural economy.
CAP in Hand
Ed Hamer explains how farm subsidies lead to land concentration.
Land and Power in Scotland
Andy Wightman reveals how an ancient scam has survived so long.
Per Ardua Cadastre
Long-suppressed registers of landowners are being dragged back into the light.
What William Wrought.
Paul Kingsnorth uncovers the story of resistance to the Norman landgrab.
The First Green Guerrillas
Paul Kingsnorth reinterprets the Green Men.
Better a Bagger than a Grabber
Squat your own plot and get digging, urges Gill Barron.
Dairy Miles
Simon Fairlie examines the distribution problems of large dairy farms, and the benefits of small ones.
Fertility Farm Revisited
Pioneer livestock farmer Frank Newman Turner’s experiments still excite Graham Harvey.
Wwoof’s Green Shoots
Gill Barron celebrates a new generation of willing workers on the land.
The Return of Farm Service
Simon Fairlie inspects an old farmworkers’ contract, and finds it still good.
ICBINO responses
Feedback on the organic labelling controversy from Tim Deane. The Land replies.
Best Kept for a Few
The new best practice guide for One Planet Development in Wales.
Four Year Rule Under Attack
More problems for people building surreptitious shacks.
All Change for the NPPF
We’re still trying to work out what the National Planning Policy Framework entails.

The Land Issue 12 Summer 2012

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The Future 'We' Want
The Rothamsted GM Debate
Action on Land Grabs; Farmers on the Streets in Berlin: Occupy the Wilderness; ACTA
I Can't Believe It's Not Organic
A new DIY producers' association is germinating.
Little Black Tractor
Imagining a saner future where it's the chemical-mongers who get labelled...
The ‘O’ Word - Use It Or Lose It
Phil Sumption reports on current affairs in the Organic world.
The Small Farmer Speaks
Lynn Miller calls for an agricultural renaissance, small time.
The Vegetarian Pig
Local waste problems could be solved in your back yard, says Gill Barron
Parkinson’s Law of the Countryside
A classic look at the rural-urban divide. In 32 years, has anything changed?
Return of the Gangmasters
They’ve always been bad news, as Philip Conford and Jeremy Burchardt explain.
Can Britain Farm Itself?
Ed Hamer asks the Big Questions
Beyond Attachment Parenting
Education is more than 9 to 5 school, says Jennifer Stoady.
The Child’s Right to Work
Learning to make a living is important too.
Growing Up Dystechnic
Simon Fairlie explains why a new skills-based curriculum would be handy.
Geography of the Egocentric
The Earth doesn’t revolve around humanity. Simon Fairlie pays his respects.
Hands, Heart, Head
Celebrating a book which puts a spanner in the cerebral works.
A Hammer and a Horse
A traveller discusses the pros and cons of extramural education.
Of Daffodils and Farmers
Teaching young farmers to appreciate poetry is an eye-opener, says Charlotte Fairlie.
Ask a Better Question
Annkatrin Hendry looks at the How and What of school systems.
Playground Robbery
Nigel Gann exposes a Government land-grab.
Offsetting Nature?
Mike Hannis and Sian Sullivan examine the ideas behind DEFRA’s habitat banking scheme.
Reversing Beeching’s Legacy
Daniel Casey asks why all the little railways don’t join up.
Three Yawns for the Olympics
For most people, the Olympics are just not sporting. Gill Barron expostulates.
Lord Golf’s Estates
The Ornamental Hermit on how sport holds the fort for a secret landowner.
The Feedback Loop
Readers respond to ‘The Future of our Forests’
The Legalities of Buying Land
Cathy Ashley explains why solicitors might be useful after all.
Thirty Eight Words
What will the National Policy Planning Framework mean for low impact development?
Appeals and Planning decisions; Squatting update

The Land Issue 11 Winter 2011-12

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The Great Bovine TB Cover-up
Cute badgers, sick cows, and unhelpful rules.
Greenest Government Ever?
No prizes for guessing the answer.
Get Real
It’s time the countryside occupied the Stock Exchange.
Wikileaks Exposes GM lobbying; WTO Claims Free Markets Bring Food Security; Fighting Back against Land Grabbing; Profiting from Rising Food Prices; Good News on CAP?; Occupy Everywhere
Another God Delusion?.
Mike Hannis on the pessimism of Mark Lynas.
Open Source Biotech
Can we resist GM if it goes viral? asks Simon Fairlie.
A Sense of Ownership
Robin Maynard puts the case for keeping forests public.
In Woods We Trust
Dave Bangs wonders which side the NGOs are on.
Who Needs It?
Mike Abbott thinks we could do without the Forestry Commission.
Could Try Harder
Mike Gardner speaks up for independent foresters.
The More we are Together
Can subdivision of woodlands lead to their cohesion?
Small Woodland Livings
Getting back to work in the woods.
“Britain’s New Forest Villages”
Accommodation for forest workers, past and present.
Seeing the Forest, not Just the Trees
Trees are not the only vegetation, says Helen Baczkowska.
Tree Fetishism
Think before you plant, cautions Simon Fairlie.
Agroforestry in the UK
Ed Hamer finds that farming under trees can work very nicely.
Wood is Good?
Can it really be carbon neutral to burn wood in power stations, asks Mike Hannis.
Biomass — A Burning Issue
Nick Grant and Alan Clarke on the contradictions of biomass boilers.
Has Biochar Gone too Far?
Gill Barron gives a ground-level perspective on charcoal.
Back to the Trees
Robert Somerville, architect and timber framer, on using what we’ve got.
A Forest Uprising
Gill Barron finds a precedent for rural revolution.
See You on the Streets, Amigos
Gill Barron’s outrage at the Tory’s squattting ban.
Land Registry Privatisation
The new Public Data Corporation will be more corporate than public.
Salad Days
The rise, fall and possible rebirth of the Land Settlement Association.
Tyrannosaurus Regs
Is there life after planning? No, there are building regulations, warns Simon Dale.
Blunt Instruments
How the BREEAM Code for Sustainable Homes discriminates against low impact dwellings.
Working Against Nature
Chapter 7 responds to Nick Grant and Alan Clarke.
One Planet Footprint
Simon Fairlie asks why no one is looking at edge-of-settlement One Planet Developments.
Planning Policy Framework
No one is taken in by the Tory presumption in favour of sustainable development.
Neighbourhood Planning on Exmoor
James Shorten reports on a pilot exercise in “localism”.
New Enforcement Powers
The Localism Act contains some worrying measures.
Development Control
Mostly concerning Mid Devon.

The Land Issue 10 Summer 2011 (Reprint)

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The 200th anniversary of the Luddite uprisings, and current technological controversies.
Thanks George, but No Thanks
Simon Fairlie laments George Monbiot's conversion to nuclear power.
The Inevitable Surplus of Offices
Is turning empty offices into homes a silly idea?
For All who from their Labours Rest
Meet the patron saint of precarious living.
CAP Payments Clear as Mud; Action on GMOs; Reclaim the Fields; Spelman’s Spoutings; Leaked G20 Report; University of East Anglia in a Spin
Mr Lud’s Song
Theo Simon traces the history of the Luddite revolt through its songs.
Fire Brand
As a public relations ploy, Ned Ludd was a brilliant success.
King Ludd in the Countryside
The rural south catches up with the northern uprisings.
Lessons from the Luddites
Kirkpatrick Sale on the contemporary relevance of the Luddite message.
Luddism through the Ages
Episodes from the Technology Resistance Movement.
From Techno to Tao
The Ornamental Hermit’s proposal for a post-materialist Arcadia.
Technology and Equity
Simon Fairlie explains why new agricultural technologies keep people poor.
Technology as if People Mattered
Appropriate is the key word, says Patrick Mulvany.
Four Reasons Why Technology Doesn’t Save Time
It creates as much work as it saves, argues Simon Fairlie.
Synthetic Biology
Jim Thomas describes a new techno threat to the land.
The Luddites and Biopolitics
David King discusses alarming new trends in the life sciences.
In Vitro
A new film explores the downside of techno babies.
Slow Evolution is Co-Evolution
Suggestions for a Luddite Manifesto for the 21st century.
The Material Impact of Cyberspace
Martin Pedersen and Nina Moeller investigate.
Man, Bytes, Dog
In 1984, James Gorman foresaw the coming of the pet home computer.
A Technological Recipe for Making Nature the Friend of Capital
Sian Sullivan explains what’s cooking.
Gandhi on Technology
The world’s most successful Luddite discusses tactics.
Peepli Live
A village tragicomedy brings Indian agriculture to international attention.
The Largest Wave of Suicides in History
P Sainath on the epidemic of farmer suicides in India.
Impressions of the New India
Despite technology, India survives, reports Jyoti Fernandes.
Agricultural Futures
Ed Hamer on commodity speculation and its effects on agriculture.
Feedback on "Meat"
Feedback on Meat Simon Fairlie responds to people commenting on his treatment of carbon farming.
Romanian Reminiscences
Ingrid Glendenning tells it like it used to be.
Chapter Seven’s guide to the great planning upheaval.
War Against the Poor
Scrapping squatting won’t cure the housing crisis, writes Adam Payne.
Look Out for Loppsi
Low impact living is under threat in France, reports Gill Barron.
Gentrifying Brutalism
Mike Hawkins reviews Owen Hatherley’s Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain.
A Thousand Huts in Scotland
Reforesting Scotland launches a resurgence in forest dwellings.
Development control news
Land Matters get five more years

The Land Issue 9 Autumn 2010

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Local Good, Central Bad?
Should we welcome the Tory rhetoric about the local community?
High Speed Follies
Why advocates of roadbuilding have turned their attention to high speed rail
Making Anarchism Respectable
A tribute to Colin Ward, Britain's most persuasive anarchist
Biofuel Power Stations
Farm Subsidies; GM spuds
Guatemala Trade Unionists Murdered; Palestinian Olive Oil
Land and Conflict in Afghanistan
Michael Semple explains the background of land disputes behind the Afghan War
Carbon, the New Cash Crop
Will carbon offsets in farming undermine food security? asks Helena Paul
True Blue in the Countryside
Ed Hamer talks to Jim Paice, the new Tory minister for food and farming
Investigating England's Armpit
The Ornamental Hermit charts the landowners of the North West
Which Land Search
Cathy Ashley provides some tips on how the use the land registry
Is Urbanization a Temporary Phenomenon
Simon Fairlie wonders what is the point of cities
An Untutored Townsman's Invasion of the Countryside
Paul Kingsnorth moves out of town
Dumbo Meets the Hunt
Roger Scruton's accidental initiation into country sport
Superior Pedigree
An episode in the history of the British pony
No Place for the Young
Ed Hamer meets engineers of the rural exodus
"Not Our Core Business"
The Tories launch a renewed assault upon Somerset's county farms
Peak Phosphorus: A Crisis of Urbanization
Is ruralization or technofix the answer to the P problem? ask Simon Fairlie
Rethinking Reed Beds and WET Water Systems
Low-tech and local solutions for phosphate accumulation
REVIEW: Commonwealth
by Martin Large
REVIEW: Haytime in the Yorkshire Dales
edited by Don Gamble and Tanya St Pierre
REVIEW: Meat: A Benign Extravagance
by Simon Fairlie
Sid Rawle
Letter to the editor
Peter Melchett of the Soil Association responds to the articles on soil carbon in The Land Issue 8
What is Development?
Mike Hannis asks whether development has always involved separating people from the land
Open Source Planning
What will come of the Tory's radical proposals to reform the English planning system
Wales Adopts Low Impact Development
One Planet Development is now enshrined in Welsh planning policies
TAN 6: A Model for England to Follow
The new Welsh rural planning guidance is quite sensible

The Land Issue 8 Winter 2009

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Who Knows Who Owns Britain?
Why is it so hard to find out who owns land in the UK?
Arse About Face
The European system for regulating organic and “conventional” farming has perverse consequences.
Peasants at Copenhagen
Ed Hamer reflects on the recent climate summit.
The Myth of Resource Efficiency
Mike Hannis on a new book that examines the Jevons Paradox.
FAO Backtrack on Livestock
The FAO is withdrawing from its anti-peasant stance of three years ago
Carbon Colonialism and the Mathematics of Methane
Simon Fairlie dissects hysteria about methane and livestock.
Ghost Carbon
Can organic farming capture more carbon in the soil than chemical farming?
Reclaim the Fields
As farmers get older and fewer, a new generation of European peasants is demanding access to land.
Big Country, Small Farms
Rebecca Laughton visits some mad US farmers.
Tomatoes All Year Round
The UK imports them from Morocco, but are there alternatives?
The Plough and The Spade
Christina Ballinger asks how the drive for allotments will affect local commercial growers.
New Allotments — Where Will They Go?
Will it be in a place which is convenient for consumers and growers
Land Value Taxation — Panacea or Placebo
Alanna Hartzok tackles questions about the wisdom of taxing land.
Keeping Occupied
Keith Hallack describes his life in a squat on a condemned East London estate.
Insurrection in the Hills
Ed Hamer reports on a revolt against the demolition of a bungalow in Exmoor National Park.
Keep Our Downs Public
We must stop our councils from selling off our most treasured spaces, says Dave Bangs.
Its Only Bondage was the Circling Sky
John Felstiner on poet John Clare whose parish was enclosed when he was 16.
Two Books
Patrick Whitefield on reading the landscape and Adrian Bell on the people who work in it.
When Will the Alpaca Bubble Burst?
If planning policy doesn’t change it could go on for ever, reckons Simon Fairlie.
Meadow End
Pat Kinnersley witnesses the demise of a bungalow.
Ground Control
Anna Minton on Hans Monderman, the traffic consultant who spoke out against guard rails
Planet Development
Chapter 7’s response
Lammas Springs into Life
Five months after getting permission, several families are already installed.
How Solid Is the Inspectorate?
A reader challenges Simon Fairlie’s view that it is a rock of sanity”.
Another successful LID appeal in Pembrokeshire, and others.

The Land Issue 7 Summer 2009 (Reprint)

One Man's Pirate
is another man’s coastguard. Why Somalis turn to piracy
Unsung Heroes
The never ending struggle against road-building
Clean Conscience Mechanism
STEFFEN BÖHM scrutinizes a carbon offset scheme in Uruguay
A Never Ending Struggle
Land grabs in the forests of Colombia, Peru and Surinam
Land Reform Compromised in Bolivia
EVO MORALES battles agains Bolivia’s fascist legacy
The Last Plantation
What happened to all the Black farmers in the USA?
Letter on Contraction and Convergence
MOLLY SCOTT CATO responds to Oliver Tickell
Ghandi on the Road Again
MADDALLENA CAMMELLI describes the Janadesh walk to Delhi for land reform
A Short History of Enclosure in Britain
How our land was privatized over five centuries, by SIMON FAIRLIE
Sheep Eat Men
SIMON FAIRLIE finds history repeating itself on the Welsh borders
Down With the Fences
MICHAEL BRADLEY recounts how London’s commons were saved by direct action
Literary Responses to the Clearances
Little known writers were more vocal than big names, writes CHARLOTTE FAIRLIE
Will the Real Farm Labourer Please Stand Up?
K D M SNELL on Hardy’s depiction of Dorset labourers
Everyone's Right
LOUKAS CHRITODOULOU examines the history of common right in Sweden
Poachers in the Alps
ROLAND GIRTLER AND GERALD KOHL uncover the culture of the “Wilderer”
Rural Planning Policy to be Axed
Why the ministry wants to get rid of PPS7
Where Next for LID in Wales?
MARK DYSON on the prospects for a low impact policy in Wales
News from West Wales
It is make or break time for the Lammas project, writes PAUL WIMBUSH
Green and Pleasant Land
Lobbyimg for a low impact policy in Dorset
The PEPC Generation
A smallholders’ co-op centred round a packing and processing barn
A Long Road to Nowhere
Why do so many affordable housing groups founder?
Random Concept Clusters
How to write a government consultation paper
Steward Wood and Karuna
Two permaculture appeal decisions with different results
Update from Wealden
Two LID projects in Sussex receive renewal of permission
My Other Home is a Georgian Pile
Rural shoebox deemed to have architectural merit
Reflections of a Dumpster Diver
Tristram Stuart’s new book on food waste
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
The original Low Impact Development is republished

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