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.

Our chosen location
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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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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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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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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