Sharif’s Spoon – auction now open until Monday 8am BST…

Tomorrow morning sees the end of this part of our campaign! 40 days of a crowdfunder! It seems like years ago now that we began this – so much has happened between then and now, and the day we passed our initial target seems so long ago.

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Our eyes and minds are focused now on the Planning Inquiry, and we are up to our necks in the work of preparing for that. But, we wanted to finish this campaign with something a bit special…

Some of you have contacted us with offers of hand-crafted items for an auction to raise funds for Steward Wood – we may still do that in future, for who knows what will happen later this month, but once we passed our target, it seemed better to be grateful for what we had already achieved and the sum we had raised.

And so, until the end of the crowdfunder tomorrow morning, we’re inviting bids in a closed auction of this beautiful spoon that’s just been made by Sharif Adams, our resident spoon-maker and wood-turner. It’s a thing of beauty to be treasured.

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To submit a bid, email us at info@stewardwood.org with your offer – whoever has submitted the highest bid by 8 am BST tomorrow, 4th April, wins the spoon. We’ll email you a link to claim the perk tomorrow. Simple, no? We’re hoping that we’ll get a good price for the spoon, and of course, all the money goes into our campaign fund for the challenges ahead.

You can see more about what Sharif does here.

As ever, you can watch our film and read all about our project and the current situation over here at the crowdfunder page. For more about this part of the campaign to save our community and homes, read this blog post.

In the meantime, thank you again for your amazing support. We stand awed by the generosity and encouragement shown by people from our local area and all around the world. – together, we can make an amazing breakthrough for low-impact living in the UK!

 

Unveiling our evidence

After a break for Easter, today’s a bit special. After a mighty effort, our evidence for the planning appeal is going online. Here, Daniel, who has worked day and night on this, gives a brief overview, with links to the full document. This is important stuff – our whole case hinges on it. Continue reading “Unveiling our evidence”

How to build a home…

Today, Mel takes us on a photo journey through the house build that she and her family have undertaken in the woods…


We moved to Steward Community Woodland 10 years ago with our young son, and built a low impact structure intended to last 5 years or so. Nine years and two more children later, the time came to rebuild. As we were applying for planning permission that year, we decided to move location a little further down the hill (below the water line!) and rebuild a home from the timber around us. Using a mobile saw mill to plank up some of our Douglas Fir and Larch trees, we were able to make a start.

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Our chosen location

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Merlin writes in Permaculture magazine

Today, we’re just directing you over to Permaculture magazine, where an article by our Merlin from a few years ago is still making waves…


Building your own renewable energy systems from recycled materials

Merlin Howse of Steward Community Woodland describes how a low impact, sustainable community in a Devon woodland generates its own power…

pelton-wheelYou can read the full article here or by clicking on the picture above…


Remember, you can watch our film and read all about our project and the current situation over here at the crowdfunder page. For more about this part of the campaign to save our community and homes, read this blog post.

Thank you for your continuing interest and support – together, we can make an amazing breakthrough for low-impact living in the UK!

Volunteering at Steward Wood

Many, many people have been moved by the experience of coming to volunteer at the woods. Today, we’ve got a few words and a beautiful picture from Sine, a volunteer from Denmark… You can find out when the next volunteer day is on the main website front page. Thanks, Sine!

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Sunday’s perk: A View of the Woods

Today’s perk is a bit special. We’d love to honour your major contribution to our campaign with a bench or a seat in the woods, and invite you to come and enjoy the view. We are constantly amazed by the beauty around us in this woodland home – for your contribution, we’ll find a special spot and put up a seat that’s in keeping with the surroundings and consistent with our low-impact philosophy (although some of us prefer to call it Positive Impact – improving the environment around us, rather than degrading it.)

Here are some shots of the woods to whet your appetite. Click on any of them to go to the perk on the crowdfunding page.


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Today’s perk: Hedgerow Medicine Walk

Today, we’re featuring Sonny’s Hedgerow Medicine Walk – come and join us for an educational and enjoyable walk in the woods on our land.


192-d.spero0002r.resizedWe are offering wild herb walks from our beautifully untamed land on the edge of Dartmoor where the 32 acre woodland includes a bounty of organic and wild, edible and medicinal plants.

Experience an array of wild herbs and learn to identify, harvest and preserve you own medicine chest from Mother Nature.

Our walks will include an introduction to sustainable and safe wild harvesting, a 2 hour forage and plant introduction, exploring their edible and medicinal properties and a chance to ask questions and share herbal success stories.

Join us by clicking on the image above or here – it’ll take you to the crowdfunding page, where this can be your perk in return for a £150 contribution to the campaign fund.


Remember, you can watch our film and read all about our project and the current situation over here at the crowdfunder page. For more about this part of the campaign to save our community and homes, read this blog post.

Thank you for your continuing interest and support – together, we can make an amazing breakthrough for low-impact living in the UK!

 

‘Look to the Skies’ by Daniel

In all the excitement of the last weeks, we’ve hardly begun to tell you about all the amazing perks we’ve put together for your delight – there are still plenty available before the crowdfunder finishes. Today, take a peek at the ‘Look to the Skies’ poetry book by Daniel Lionheart.

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This collection of poems, written by Daniel LionHeart, arises out of his love for the feathered ones that surround us at Steward Wood. These poems will lift your heart and help to connect you with the birds from Peregrine to Chiffchaff and Robin…

A copy can be yours for just a £25 contribution (+p&p) to our campaign fund over at the crowdfunder, where you can find details of all the perks on offer… Seize the opportunity to get a copy – 23 people already have!


Remember, you can watch our film and read all about our project and the current situation over here at the crowdfunder page. For more about this part of the campaign to save our community and homes, read this blog post.

Thank you for your continuing interest and support – together, we can make an amazing breakthrough for low-impact living in the UK!

Steward Wood village hall open day 2015

This morning, we’ve got a short video we shot of the open day in Moretonhampstead last year. Have a look around the village hall with us to get a closer look at what we do!

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Rob Mason’s art

Here we are, at halfway through the 40 days of the crowdfunding campaign. We’ve already reached our target and, though we’d love to get more funding for all sorts of projects such as MoreFood, we’re also happy to share some of the love and media focus with those who’ve helped us make it this far. Today, it’s the turn of Rob Mason, whose beautiful artwork has featured on images throughout the campaign so far, and on the flyers we had printed and are still circulating…

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