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FOCUS: A Low Impact Woodland Home
by Anna of www.sakurajewellery.com
The holy grail of eco-living is in law with assistance from passers- the couple have made use of the
building your own eco-friendly by and visiting friends. The house surrounding natural resources as
home that will work in harmony is dug into a hillside for maximum much as possible: solar panels, water
with the environment. For many shelter, with a frame of oak thinning pumped by gravity from nearby
of us this remains a distant dream (spare wood) harvested from spring, compost toilet and roof water
thanks to day jobs and perhaps the surrounding woodlands. The collected for gardening.
a lack of courage to forge ahead retaining walls and foundations are
with such a seemingly daunting constructed of stone and mud to For Simon and Jasmine the main
project. There are a few brave souls, blend as seamlessly as possible into motivation behind this unusual and
however, who have embarked upon the surrounding environment. courageous project appears to be
the dream and demonstrated in the their dedication to a sustainable,
process that old adage that “where The floors and walls are insulated simpler way of life working the
there is a will there is a way”. There with straw bales held in place with surrounding land and protecting
is a low impact woodland home hazel rods and finished with lime their two young children from the
nestled into a hillside in Wales that plaster which is breathable and low toxic materials inherent in many
stands as testament to the strength energy to produce compared to the conventional buildings.
and perseverance of eco-conscious cement alternative. The roof is an
parents, Simon Dale and Jasmine ingenious construction of plastic Jasmine states on the website,
Saville. sheeting, mud and turf for low visual “Modern construction, mainly
impact. Most of the internal fixtures cement and insulation, contribute
Built on a budget of £000, the and fittings of Simon and Jasmine’s significantly to carbon emissions
house is essentially a “round-house” home are reclaimed or rescued from and pollution of water, soil and
constructed by Simon and his father rubbish tips. In terms of utilities, air albeit often in other countries.
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