Eco & Community Homes Fair
October 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
FREE entry, free talks, workshops, exhibits and children's activities all day.
Drop into the Civic Hall, Totnes, anytime between 10am and 3pm. Meet suppliers of eco-friendly goods and services, home energy installers, eco-builders, architects and others, learn about how to make your home more energy efficient and eco-friendly, and find out about community led housing solutions!
The fair also features free talks and workshops, as well as children’s activities to give parents time to look around. This year Food in Community will be running the cafe, selling delicious treats made from grade out produce that would otherwise be wasted.
The theme for this year's free talks and workshops is 'community-led housing', featuring a drop-in day long workshop to collectively build our own model community and a programme of inspiring speakers, including a landowner, campaign group and representatives from community housing projects, all working in different ways to improve access to land and homes.
Talks and workshops
10.30am - 11.30am: Aiming for better housing: a local landowner perspective
Martyn Evans, recently appointed Estate Development Director at Dartington Hall Trust, will discuss the Trust's current plans for developing the estate, in particular in relation to community led and ecologically sound housing. This will include an update on the intentions for the Plantation site.
11.45am - 12.45pm: Community-led housing 'Voices from the coal face'
Representatives of local Community Land Trusts (Broadhempston, Transition Homes, South Brent and Harberton & Harbertonford) will discuss the progress they have made in developing affordable housing for local people, what some of the joys and challenges have been and their top tips to anyone contemplating a similar project.
1pm - 2pm: Towards community-led affordable self-build
Luke Copley-Wilkins, co-founder of CoFab, and Chris Hall, co-founder of the new Totnes Community Self Build, will provide an introduction to these new collectives, how their work aims to address the need for housing through affordable self build, and how you could get involved. The talk will explore the term self build, how working as a group can make the task easier, and what they've learnt so far from successful schemes.
2.15pm - 3pm: Fighting for a home: squatting, occupations and the struggle for social justice in Britain.
The UK housing market could be peaking but one thing is clear: those investing in property who have no intention of using it themselves have created a bubble, which means it costs many times more to buy the cost to build a house. Investigative journalist and land rights activist, Tony Gosling, tells the story of the struggle against eviction and puts forward 'The Land is Ours' policies with the aim of providing permanent, decent homes for every family in Britain.
All day, drop-in, design and make workshop for everyone! 'If we could build our ideal community, together: what would it look like?'
A drop in day long creative design and make workshop, led by new workers collective 'CoFab', a subsidiary of Carpenter Oak. Bring your ideas about community and home, turn them into mini models. With everyone's contributions we'
More information including the full list of exhibitors can be found via our project page.