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A Window of Opportunity

I would like to extend an invitation out to everyone who has been on our carpentry course to come and help practise some more here in our woodland in Wales. Our One Planet Development has been accepted and we now have endless amount of interesting carpentry to be getting on with, as well as roundwood, cob, green roofing, etc.

If …

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Refungium – Creating Fungal Refugia

Over the past 4 years, here in this woodland, Coed Talylan, on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons, we have been carefully observing how this former spruce plantation is steadily regenerating into a diverse woodland. Twenty years ago the mature spruce was harvested, 50 years after the plantation was established by the Forestry Commission. There are areas that were …

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Mushroom Volunteer Period

When: 16th – 27th March

Where: Coed Talylan

Fancy learning about mushrooms and working in a woodland? We are inoculating logs for mushroom cultivation with varous species of fungi and also appreciate an extra pair of hands. Slow going for one but fun in a group come and join our line of log inoculators anytime from March 16th – 27th…

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Cob Making Volunteer Week

When: 13th – 19th July

Where: Coed Talylan

Over the summer we are building a dug-in greenhouse approximately 8m x 4m, sunk into an embankment to a depth of 1 – 1 .5m. The walls that rise out of this excavation will be constructed form a clay cob mixture. The reason for this design is to maximise thermal storage and …

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Open Source Low Tech

This year we will be hosting innovator and open source technology designer Daniel Connell to run workshops sharing his open source low tech designs for renwable energy installations.

For the last ten years he has been working on setting up collaborative project spaces and giving practical making workshops in Australasia, India, North and Central America, and Europe. He has traveled …

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Volunteer at Coed Talylan

Our 70 acre woodland lies in a secluded valley on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons, it is a haven for wildlife and we share the land with a huge variety of birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, fungi, lichen, plants and trees.

We are establishing a “One Planet Development”, building our own home and taking care of our own needs, …

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By Sara Tommerup

In April we ran a course at Coed Talylan in South West Wales, just for women. The course was a carpentry course and introduced women with little to no prior skills to build with timber. Although this may not sound so extraordinary, it is an achievement because of the surprisingly low number of women in the carpentry …

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Mobile Landworkers Cabin – For Sale

Last year Sara Tomerup built the first prototype mobile landworkers cabin. It is our hope that we can help a new generation of farmers find their way back on to the land, living more closely with the land, using temporary mobile housing like this as a means to getting themselves established.

We are selling this first cabin to raise money …

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Latest Newsletter, Issue No.7

In this, our summer newsletter of 2017, we have links to updates about our current projects as well as the courses and events we promote on behalf of our members.

Follow the link below and thank you for your support.

Newsletter, Summer 2017, Issue No.7

 

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OPD Jam: Review

In April we ran an experimental “OPD Jam”. Twelve adults, two children and a dog set about trying to write an OPD application in a weekend. Of course, this was a little over ambitious, really, the goal was to get a feel for the practical aspects of writing an OPD application.

For those of you new to the term “OPD” …

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