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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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
A simple dwelling, built at Lammas using similar construction techniques to the hobbit house.Read More
A self-built, low-impact family home in the forests of Upstate New YorkRead More
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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