Building with rammed earth is really hard work - but also strangely satisfying! A technique using old car tyres was developed by Mike Reynolds in the US who built Earthships using a variety of waste materials such as bottles, beer cans and worn out tyres. The film Garbage Warrior is a really good account of his work. We are also familiar with Earthships in the UK with a particularly good example at Stanmer Park in Brighton.
Local builder, Duncan Passmore, trained with Mike Reynolds in the US before working on the Brighton Earthship and then on an Earthship in Brittany, France covered by one of the most popular Grand Designs episodes. So when Duncan agreed to run a skillshare demonstrating rammed earth building in Totnes lots of people turned up to help.
You can see a time lapse film of the build that covers two days work in less than 3 minutes here.
Many thanks to Katheryn Trenshaw, Duncan Passmore, Zav Bowden and all the volunteers.
Poly planting uses multiple crops and/or plants in the same space which is a reflection of how they grow in the natural ecosystem. Having a diversity of plants helps to avoid diseases, and the wider plant variety brings more species to the garden.The talk will look at interplanting, companion planting and beneficial weeds, and will last about an hour with time for discussion and questions.
March 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at The REconomy Centre, 13 Leechwell Street, Totnes.
To book, please contact Sophie Christopher-Bowes on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07842 573922
Once again, I'm feeling much gratitude towards those who have recently offered their skills for free to the community and I know this appreciation is shared by the many who have found value in this project. So although I missed her session, I'd like to start by thanking Karen Benson who on Sunday led a group to sing a beautiful Tagore song at the festival in Dartington. She responded to a last minute request!
Last week, herbalist Annie Gardner ran two delightful sessions – one at her practice at Neal Yard's Remedies, when we got to taste borage and rose teas (and guess what they were), and one with her colleague Peter Neumann on their home ground at Bowden House, on a splendid sunny afternoon. It felt heavenly – and again we were treated to some unusual teas. Peter is leading another herb walk this Saturday at 3 pm in Leechwell garden – this time with Clare Shippey.Read More →
The Big Picnic on June 2nd was a lovely event! A team of us led by Larch Maxey meet monthly at the Follaton Arboretum to create a forest garden for public use and enjoyment – as well as a community tree nursery and a plot growing various edibles. This is always a friendly event: all are welcome and we usually stay for a shared lunch. Our June meeting fell on the date of the nation-wide 'Big Lunch' event, so we invited others to share our picnic on the forest garden site, promoting this through TTT's Skillshares and the Network of Wellbeing.Read More →