RetroSuburbia is an extraordinary and magnificently crafted guide on living abundantly in uncertain times. Part manifesto, part manual, this is the book you and I did not realise we were waiting for!

David Holmgren asks, “Aren’t we all craving real world ways to make an impact, and make our lives feel significant in the face of the global challenges we face?”

Thu 23 Aug 2018
Put simply people in families, tribes, cities, nations, countries and religions got on much better if they were all ‘singing from the same song sheet’ all believing they were going in the same direction following the same customs, beliefs & rules. From the earliest times tribes sat around campfires telling stories, giving meaning to an individuals existence within the collective. As tribes became nations, countries and religions their collective stories may have changed through history but always the intention was to bind the people together. Eventually as science began to discredit some of the narratives religions had relied on; as the industrial revolution took off around the world, science itself along with it’s paymaster capitalism began to offer a New Story which has evolved into consumerism.
Mon 20 Aug 2018
Has anyone else noticed we have approximately 3 weeks left of burning fossil fuels before we go past the IPCC's medium estimate for sticking to 1.5°C rise in global warming? Massive change is needed now.
Thu 16 Aug 2018
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.
Wed 27 Jun 2018

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.

Thu 14 Jun 2018

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.

Thu 14 Jun 2018
Leading UK permaculture activist Andy Goldring was shortlisted for a $5m prize designed to find new ways to deal with global risks.
Thu 24 May 2018

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?

Thu 17 May 2018

In permaculture terms the economy sometimes feels like a segregated monoculture planted with terminator seeds, sprayed with patented pesticides on venture capital backed farms designed to maximise profits in an unsustainable market place full of thieves and cheats. No wonder people prefer to potter in their gardens and allotments - and try to forget the craziness of corporate capitalism!

But no matter how much we try to ignore the corporate machine it ploughs on regardless and at various points in all of our lives we are forced to interact with the unsustainable, greed-based economy whether we like it or not. We all need to travel, buy energy, we like presents and holidays and now we are buying more and more of these goods and services online, from people we do not know.

Wed 16 May 2018