Our hornet friends

This morning, Sonny shares the experience of living with hornets in the eaves of the house, and what a valuable opportunity it turned out to be…

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Steward Wood workshops at festivals…

It truly does feel like Spring is here! And with Spring, thoughts turn to longer days, sunshine and the Summer ahead. Here’s some of what Steward Community Woodland offers at festivals throughout the season…

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The Joy of Spring

In today’s post, Lorna shares her love of Spring and the season of planting and gathering and green things…
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Friday music! ‘Devon is Heaven’ from Ollie

It’s Friday. It’s been a long week, but it seems like Spring is truly on the way. Here’s some music from Ollie to celebrate, sent from the bright Dartmoor sun. Have a great weekend and thanks for all your support so far. We’re so blessed in so many ways.


 


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!

Film night in Chagford – tonight at 6pm

Tonight, we’ll be presenting the film at Endecott House in Chagford at 6pm – do come along if you’re in the area, as we’ll be talking about the next steps in the Save Steward Wood campaign and answering some of your questions about the project and its future.

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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!

Making fire – using the bow drill

Today, Ollie and Lorna show us how to make fire using the ancient bow drill method. You can get your own bow drill kit, made from materials from Steward Wood, over in the crowdfunder, or get a place on one of their courses, if you’re quick…

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Living off-grid – the dark times

Today, we’re returning to blog posts from the community. We want to show you how it is to live off-grid – the highs and lows and the unexpected joys and frustrations. Today’s post is from Mel, who featured as the main voice in the Save Steward Wood film.

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Save Steward Wood – part two

Last week was a whirlwind. The degree of media attention (not to mention press cameras) that we experienced was overwhelming, and the fact that we reached our first target of £38,000 in the crowdfunder caught us drop-jawed and amazed. We’ve taken stock this weekend and after all the high drama, are back to the business of trying to save our community from eviction, to save our homes and this existence on the land we own and love. Continue reading “Save Steward Wood – part two”

It looks like we’re going to reach our target! What next?

So, it looks like we’ll reach our £38,000 target in the next few minutes! Words are really not enough to convey how mind-blowing and exciting this is, but there are still 30 days of this crowdfunder to go, and a lot longer of the campaign to keep our community and our homes. The question everybody is asking is:

What happens if you raise more than £38,000!

So.

There are a whole host of projects that have been planned for a long time, that have been waiting for funds in order to begin them. Chief among these is the MoreFood project… Below are some artists impressions

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MoreFood – A local food growing and demonstration garden project

We’ll be writing more about this in the days to come, along with our continuing series of posts about life in the woods and the perks available via the crowdfunder.

In brief, the aims of the project, first envisaged in 2011 are:

To contribute to a long-term increase in local small-scale food production that is

  • self-sustaining
  • cost-effective
  • appropriate to the climate, soil and status of Dartmoor National Park and Devon
  • and will enable local communities to mitigate, and adapt to, climate change.

To do so, it will:

  • demonstrate sustainable, temperate climate food growing applicable to Dartmoor and resilient to climate change
  • educate and disseminate information about wildlife, the environmental consequences of food production and resource use in an interesting and experiential manner
  • empower individuals and families to grow their own food using techniques that are relevant to their resources and scale.
  • Enabling accessibility is key to the last objective, so the project will also aim:
  • to be accessible and enabling to those with limited mobility
  • to be accessible to low-income families and individuals
  • to be easily and safely accessible on foot and bicycle
  • to challenge social exclusion by offering free and low-cost opportunities for skill-sharing and education that are not always open to all
  • to accommodate groups and families
  • to offer opportunities for volunteering, networking, and community building
  • to demonstrate the potential of community involvement.

But, what if you lose the appeal?

Yes, that’s on our minds too! If we lose the appeal, whatever happens, we’ll need a very large fund for campaign costs and contingency plans. Rest assured, we’ll do our best to avoid this outcome, but we have to think of it.

Thank you all so much – we’re quite exhausted and frayed with nerves and tiredness right now, but we are utterly overwhelmed by your support.

Keep spreading the word, keep sending us messages, keep striving for a better world for us all, together.


Remember, you can watch our new film and read all about our project and the current situation over here at the crowdfunder page.

Thank you for your continuing interest and support – we cannot do it without you!

Newsflash!

We’re taking a break from our community posts today – there’s a lot going on in the woods, with a flurry of media attention of various kinds in the last few days. Today we have TV crews; yesterday and the day before, the papers were here, first local and then national… It’s all happening and it is having a hugely beneficial effect on our campaign, so today’s post is a quick round up of where we’re at.


The Guardian

This article in The Guardian is our favourite by far – we were very impressed with the professionalism and care of both writer, Steven Morris and photographer, Jim Wileman. Thanks! In case you haven’t seen it, do click on the lovely picture of Jim’s below to read it.

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There are also articles in more local press and in the Daily Mail (!) – we’re expecting more, so if you see any, do let us know in the comments below. It’s hard to keep up.

Crowdfunder progress…

In other (massive!) news…

This was the total of the crowdfunding campaign yesterday morning:

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Very healthy indeed! But, this was the total this morning:

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Yes, that’s right – we are less than £5,000 short of our initial funding target! We really can barely believe our eyes! It really is quite impossible to describe how it feels to be this close already, and to feel the support of so many people both locally and around the world. Together, we can challenge these aspects of a planning system that is not working for the true benefit of either the land or wildlife or the people who live here.

We are truly humbled. Thank you so much!


Remember, you can watch our new film and read all about our project and the current situation over here at the crowdfunder page.

Thank you for your continuing interest and support – we cannot do it without you!