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Living in the Future: UK EcoVillage Pioneers video clips & discussion

Join us for the first of THREE EcoVillage events on Friday night 9/20: videos, dinner, and a slideshow.

An overview of the evening:

  • First, we'll share videos documenting inspirational community visions and struggles in the UK
  • Next, We'll gather over an (un)common community-made meal to support EBCOHO member/off-grid pioneer Fred Klammt linking a Northern California network of established and emerging EcoVillages, urban and rural, in the service of re-activating a North American network.
  • Last but not least, we'll report on our Global Ecovillage Network conference visit this Summer to Switzerland, with a slideshow including Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland.

Living in the Future - Lammas

A poetic tale of nine families as they create beautiful natural homes and plentiful gardens from sheep-grazed soil in Wales, UK. In the face of legal battles and local hostility, they live with an ongoing pressure meet their targets and show success for the UK’s first planned ecoVillage, Lammas.

Under a new planning directive, Pembrokeshire Local Authority released Policy 52- which allowed for low impact development under certain strict rulings. The houses were to be built from sustainable resources and the residents were to glean 75% of their household needs from the land.

The essence of this story is a desperate need to access affordable housing and to renew our relationship to the Land. How can we do this when modern systems are so geared against it? The honest accounts of these nine families contain urgent Truths for us all.

Interview with Tony Wrench (8 mins)

Tony Wrench’s roundhouse in West Wales has changed the face of low impact building the world over. With its timber reciprocal frame, cosy straw bale insulation and abundant turf roof, Tony’s house has set a trend in sustainable houses, particularly in this part of Wales.
Built without planning permission, Tony and his partner, Faith, have consistently defied the requests from planners to dismantle the house and in the process, have pushed the boundaries of planning in Wales and taken a strong role in helping to design new planning laws.

Living in the Future - Episode 3- Tinkers Bubble (8 mins)

Taken from the popular online series, this episode is one of the first- and most popular, showing the Somerset low impact settlement Tinkers Bubble.

Living in the Future - Episode 45- Charlie’s House (7 mins)

A later episode from the online series, this short film shows a stunning home made on land just next door to the Lammas ecoVillage. Charlie has taken the now common materials of timber frame, straw bales and turf to create a cosy, well-insulated home for his young family.

Trailer- EcoVillage Pioneers

The first documentary from Living in the Future (2008).

Over a decade, we trace the pioneers of low impact living. Tony Wrench and his roundhouse radically changed a council's policy on rural housing. The journey expands to Crystal Waters Permaculture village in Australia, Sunseed Desert Technology centre in Spain, Findhorn spiritual community in Scotland, Ireland's first EcoVillage and meets the Tinkers Bubble and Kings Hill communities in Somerset. The film weaves in the progress of Lammas - the first planned Ecovillage to be developed in England and Wales.

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  • Fred K

    Enjoyed our first ecoVillage meet-up in Berkeley. We had 9 people there... and thanks for the food Raines...
    Our first Sacramento ecoVillage meetup will be at Steiner College on Sunday (29th) at 11am.

    September 24, 2013

  • susan s.

    Yes, Let's just DO IT - Go, Team

    September 23, 2013

  • Nora

    Great People. Very interesting info about activities in UK and here in US!

    September 20, 2013

  • Catherine S.

    Excellent to see what they're doing in rainy Wale, and to connect with Susan and reconnect with Fred and Jim and his wife...

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Catherine S.

    Tony's my old mate! He's an amazing example of what can be done if you just have determination.

    September 19, 2013

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