I’m sure that many of the Eco-Warriors out there have been following news of the eco-villages popping up in the world. I for one find it fascinating to watch how plans become reality when it comes to sustainable living. It is important to recognise the environmental issues and problems caused by existing dwellings and try to overcome these in eco-friendly ways. However it is also important to develop the way new buildings are constructed. Recipro promote the reuse of building materials and this in itself is one big step toward a more sustainable future, but what else can be done? I have been following the progression of the Lammas project in Pembrokeshire and am excited that this month sees the first tours of the project. The site will be open for viewing to local people on the 5th of May and 6th June and to any others on 8th of May and 5th June.
There are currently seven families working on their plots on the Lammas project, you can read their bios and interests in sustainable living on the official website. Each family has their own plans to lead a sustainable and self sufficient life in Pembrokeshire providing much of their own food and products whilst also selling their stock and produce to the local community. These plans stretch from selling willow products grown on their land to selling cured meats at local farmers markets. The families will each be working in jobs they love and feel passionate about whilst also living in a sustainable and beautiful environment, how many people in the big cities can say that?
All of the houses are designed using low-impact architecture which uses a combination of recycled and natural materials. The different dwellings will use diverse building styles including straw bale, earth sheltered, timber frame and cob and each will blend into the local landscape. The Ecovillage will be separated from mains services meaning they will have to source their own electricity and water, something that has already been planned. Using renewables the inhabitants of the village will be provided with electricity and there is an existing spring for drinking water, additionally there is a water turbine system already on the site and this is going to be restored and renovated, all this alongside rainwater harvesting on the roofs of buildings will mean the village will have plenty of water! Compost toilets, wormeries and compost heaps will be used to compost all organic waste and finally, elephant grass and coppiced willow grown on site will act as fuel for those living in this sustainable village.
I think it’s great that more “eco-villages” are being planned and on some occasions, developed and I both hope and look forward to seeing more in the future. The village in Pembrokeshire is set to be an idyllic and eco-friendly place for the dedicated families who are developing their land there and, once completed, will hopefully persuade more people to follow their example and start looking to similar buildings for their own homes.