Reviving the ancient traditions of the

Dean Forest

The Forest of Dean Cabiners Association.

We aim to rekindle the history and traditions of the Dean Forest Cabiners by reviving our most ancient right to build a cabin and live on the land.

Discover the History of the Cabiners...

Wum Land Development

Cabins for Life.

The Forest of Dean is at a cross-roads. Either we are going to continue the same old development patterns, slowly nibbling away at our ancient woodlands and replacing them with concrete & over-priced housing developments with no means to ensure the basic needs of the household are met. Or, we are going to help to create another model, one which attempts to meet the housing and economic needs of the area in ways designed to benefit not only (certain) people but the Forest as a whole.


Low-impact Development (LID) has the potential to reinvigorate the local economy, by providing both affordable homes and viable livelihoods. This can secure a future here in the Forest for our young people and enable families to have quality of life without having to commute for work.


LID means affordable self-built homes linked to land based livelihoods, like organic farming and forestry. Planning permission is granted on the condition that the development can prove itself capable of providing two thirds of the household’s basic needs from the land within 5 years.

woodland expansion

LID can assist reforestation intiatives, propagating saplings & providing temporary or permanent homes for forestry workers; revive traditional coppice management and lead to a patchwork of orchards and woodland landscapes producing a variety of food, fuel and woodland products.

culture and heritage

All land is imbued with historical narrative and comes with its own particular cultural inheritance. Developments must be sensitive to this and take steps to ensure continuity by celebrating and advocating for the land. Cultural inheritance and stories of place must be valued and preserved.

showcasing low-impact homes

In Wales and Worldwide...

Low-impact development has been active in Wales for a number of years, breathing life into local economies & creating real livelihoods for families.

The Hobbit House

Simon Dale's The Hobbit House dug into hillside for low visual impact. It took an estimated 1000-1500 man hours over 4 month to build and cost only £3000 in materials whilst complying with building regulations. Read More

Inside the Hobbit House.

It housed our family whilst we worked in the woodland doing ecological woodland management and setting up a forest garden, things that would have been impossible had we had to pay a regular rent or mortgage. Read More

Charlie and Megan's Strawbale

Charlie is a young man with a young family and like many others he found it impossible to afford a home. He had lived with his partner Megan in a damp caravan for 4 years, but with a baby on the way Charlie felt he had no choice but to build his house for just £15,000 without the approval of the planning authorities. Read More

The Undercroft

A simple dwelling, built at Lammas using similar construction techniques to the hobbit house.Read More

Family home in Upstate New York

A self-built, low-impact family home in the forests of Upstate New YorkRead More

Lammas community hub

The Community Hub building lies at the centre of the ecovillage in Pembrokeshire, it hosts a series of educational, community and recreational activities.Details

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The Cabiners Association

The Greater Forest of Dean.
"Happy is the Eye, betwixt the Severn and the Wye."

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General: cabiners [at} wum.land
Press: thom [at} wum.land

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Phone: (+44) 07521 267 906
Text [best]: (+44) 07521 267 906