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In April 2006 I bought a dilapidated 1920s local authority house in Writtle, Essex. With the help of my two sons Django and Aidan and friends John and Tim, we commenced a three-year experiment. We wanted to see if we could design and build an eco-retrofit, extension and permaculture garden from the plot. The aim was to create a prototype home that could demonstrate the possibility that a huge proportion of existing UK housing stock could be retrofitted to meet A or B Energy Performance Certificate ratings.

Only history will show whether the result of 23 June 2016 will be a positive or negative turning point for the UK. Right now though, with just 7 months left before the 2 year deadline after triggering Article 50, the future looks, at best very uncertain indeed.

From a permaculture perspective it could be argued that the UK's decision to leave the EU goes against a number of its principles: Clearly 'integrate rather than segregate' at its most fundamental would continue to integrate Britain with its neighbouring continent.

On perhaps the sunniest day in British history, Horton Community Farm gave a presentation of their work in Bradford while introducing their new project, Grow Your Own Curry.

This project was inspired by work in Mallorca, where a group of motivated forward-thinkers ‘grew a pizza’ from scratch in one month. As our climate is a little moodier than Mallorca, the cut to curry seemed, for Horton Community Farm, like a more realistic mission. And where better to do it than in Bradford, the ‘curry capital’? It's even possible to grow our own lentils here in a favourable summer.

Leading UK permaculture activist Andy Goldring was shortlisted for a $5m prize designed to find new ways to deal with global risks.

We’re looking for talented illustrators and writers for inclusion in our brand new long-format journal publication coming out this autumn. Plus, do you have a great idea, invention or hack that you’d like to share with the world? For example, an upcycled biochar kiln, a bicycle trailer, or novel chicken coop?