This low impact woodland home was built in Wales by Simon Dale and his father in law, with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting, he and his wife, Jasmine Saville, were moved in and cosy with their two young children, Cosmo and Elfie.
This building is one part of a low-impact or permaculture approach to life. This sort of life is about living in harmony with both the natural world and ourselves, doing things simply and using appropriate levels of technology. These sort of low cost, natural buildings have a place not only in their own sustainability, but also in their potential to provide affordable housing which allows people access to land and the opportunity to lead more simple, sustainable lives.
There are a number of projects making this a reality in Britain and Ireland and plenty of resources to support green building ideas, links to these can be found on Simon and Jasmine’s website. If this has inspired you to get covered in straw and lime, help them to build another grander home next year! Feeling impotent in the face of environmental and social problems is overcome more easily than we imagine by forming clear intentions of our ideals. Realising them is not always simple, but in our experience more fulfilling than business as usual. For peace of mind and the future we bequeath to our children let’s do the job as best we can. Via A Low Impact Woodland Home
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