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Apple Day 2017

Don’t miss this years Apple Day at Holifield Farm Project. There will be lots of fun activities for everyone and lovely cakes! See you here on 13th October.

apples open day

Roots Gathering coming soon

Roots gathering is getting closer!


Roots gathering offers a unique experience, where you can get back in touch with mother earth and be with like minded people. We wish to create awareness surrounding issues of sustainability and politics throughout the weekend of September 15th – 17th. There will be plenty to do and see, from live music to open mic, poetry, spoken word and live debates, cinema and much more.
Come and camp the weekend here at Holifield farm, enjoy the entertainment and most of all, appreciate that we only have one planet and together we are more then the sum of our parts.



Heard of Embercombe?


Embercombe is a great place that offers all sorts of training and volunteering opportunities where you can learn all sorts about sustainable living in the South West.

Just have a look at the website HERE.


‘Humanity stands at a cross roads – we live at a time when the choices we make today determine the way our children will live tomorrow. Making the right choices depends upon our vision and courage – yours and that of others in the communities you live and work. Embercombe exists to encourage you to be the leader you could be, inspired, resolute, and resilient.’

Enough said!


Local Works!

sustainable communities

Local Works is a coalition of over 100 national organisations campaigning to promote the use of the radical and exciting new Sustainable Communities Act!

These guys were the coalition campaign for the Sustainable Communities Bill, originally set up by the new economics foundation.

The campaign was successful when the Bill became law – the Sustainable Communities Act – in October 2007. Since then Local Works, as a part of Unlock Democracy, has been promoting the Act and urging people to get involved and government to implement it properly.

Well done Local Works! This is the kind of lobbying and results we need!

Have a look at their site HERE for more info. Theres loads of further campaigns you can get involved in, and loads of resources for you to use.

For anybody wanting to fulfill their dream of setting up their own little Sustainable Community then make sure you have a look at the act HERE and see how it works, and make sure you know where you stand or where you can fit in.

This only applies to England though Im afraid, but there are similar things going on out there.

Wales has the ONE PLANET policy for instance, which is way ahead of the curve!

The times are changing…

The Plotgate Adventure

Pupils harvest potatoes as part of the British Potato Council's Grow Your Own Potatoes project - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK - 22nd June 2009.

The Plotgate Venture is a ‘co-operative exploring the appropriate use and development of the rural environment, to increase resilience in an uncertain world.’

Set in 23 acres of land in Somerset, these guys are practising and playing with enlightened agricultural principles to create an abundant, minimal input food system that is able to meet our appetites, whilst enriching the ecological diversity of the land.

Sounds great right!?

They see people as part of this ecology and wish to create a place where we can work and live lightly together, sharing our skills and resources to realise our aspiration of…

“A Good life for all.”

Set just near the inspirational Tinkers Bubble, Plotgate aims to be something for people to relate to & understand – an alternative for the majority!

Plotgate Venture is open to new members looking to participate in this process and discover their niche, so get involved if you can!

They have regular work weekends, where you can learn loads of useful skills working on one of their projects.

You can see more at their website HERE

Asking the question

Communal roundhouse

This is the round house at Tinkers Bubble community in Somerset.

Its a beauty isn’t it!

One of many little sustainable communities around that are showing there is a different way of living that is low impact and closer to nature.

Communities like these, and others that have been photographed by David Spero in his series on ‘Settlements’ can perhaps lead the way for other people to follow suit.

All the pictures can be viewed on his website HERE

ROOTS recognises that this cannot be the solution to all our problems, but surely exploring these possibilities and asking these questions is a good start.

What do you think?

Diggers and Dreamers


The ultimate guide to Communal Living in Britain!

Diggers & Dreamers is a not-for-profit collective whose aims are to dispel the myth that communes came and went with the 1960’s, and to bring the idea of communal living to the attention of more people.

To these ends, the collective has been publishing information about communal living since 1989 – in the form of printed books and the website, which you can see HERE

A fantastic resource to find out about communities near you who are trying to live in a different way.

From Diggers and Dreamers you can find out about:

  • communities that need new members
  • communities that need volunteers
  • groups that are looking to form a new community
  • properties that might be suitable for building communities

The communities are not vetted by D and D, thats for you to do, but it’s an amazing resource for people starting out on the road towards self sufficiency and low impact living

Incredible Ideas


Why have prickly plants growing outside your doctors surgery when you can medicinal herbs?

Incredible Edibles from Todmorden thought about that, and then got growing. 

From starting to grow herb gardens in unused public areas, they have now made links with local businesses and public services all over the town to plant and grow veggies and trees all over. These guys have got community growing all figured out!

From simple beginnings the idea has taken off and there is well over 200 similar projects that have popped up worldwide.

To find the nearest Incredible Edibles group out there, try HERE


Ready to learn something new?


Greeniversity gives people the opportunity to volunteer to teach or learn ‘green skills’, to use in their local community. This could be growing food, it could be riding a bike or yoga. Search below to find out what’s going on in your area and join 3106 members across the UK.

Get involved HERE.


Home is Where the Heat is


A good place to start making waves could well be in your very own home.

There are always ways and means, from getting solar panels to applying for insulation.

These are options that may well save you money for other things!

HERE is a list of companies who are around to try and help you, and might be worth a phone call even just to get some advice.

Or if you know or are part of a company that isnt on there, then you can easily list your business.