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inding eco, ethical products online was very different six years ago when this directory began. Now there is a plethora of a great green companies across the UK with products, services and information all with a genuine sustainable stance.

Contributor: Tracey Smith – Tracey is a passionate advocate for simple green living, author of the best selling Book of Rubbish Ideas, founder of InterNational Downshifting Week, columnist for The Green Parent Magazine and a radio broadcaster too. She believes everyone has the capacity to give a positive embrace to living with less. Tracey also teaches literary and organic bread making workshops, see for details. Co-published by My Green Directory and King Lion Media My Green Directory, paperback, online, mobile apps. King Lion Media Ltd, publishers of GREEN Magazine Liberty Court, Unit 1 101-103 Bell Street Reigate, Surrey RH2 7JB Printed by: Wyndehams on FCS & PEFC certified, chlorine free and recycled paper.

The aim of my green directory is to gently guide those that are beginning to explore the possibilities of new greener consumer choices, and to help those that have already made the switch. When you think about it, post second world war, none of these issues would have seemed relevant. Nobody wasted food, many grew their own veg, everybody altered/mended their clothing (or upcycled as it’s called now!) and if you did purchase a product you certainly wouldn’t expect to throw it away after a couple of uses. It wouldn’t have been about using resource respecting, synthetic chemical free products and climate adaption technologies either. But now, as we learn more about the dangers we’re putting ourselves and the planet into, these type of products are becoming increasing needed, and thankfully more available. So whether its solar panels to create your own electricity, local fruit and veg suppliers, gorgeous recycled glass kitchen worktops, organic face creams, wooden toys made from sustainable sources, garden benches made from old plastic, you’ll find them within these green pages, and there’s plenty more online! I’m hoping that in the not too distant future all of the above will be common place,that the consumer will demand the greener choice, if not for their own health and wellbeing, for the preservation of the world for future generations. If everybody made just one small change today, what a difference tomorrow would be. Sue Jueno Founder & Director my green directory - @mygreendir

Reproduction of part or whole of the My Green Directory without permission is strictly prohibited. Every effort is made to ensure accuracy, however we cannot take responsibility for any losses resulting from publishing errors. My Green Directory does not accept unsolicited contributors, however, the opinions expressed within this publication are not necessarily to be considered those of the publisher, who accepts no liability of any nature arising out of or in connection with the contents of this paperback. If you have any queries relating to this paperback please email Copyright My Green Directory

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“Greener living is less about giving things up and more about improving the quality of our everyday life. Whether it’s thriving local economies, fuel efficient homes, more green jobs or better public transport, many of the changes we need to tackle climate change and protect our natural world are also hugely beneficial for our wellbeing. As consumers, we have become increasingly conscious of the environmental and social impact of what we buy – and smart producers now recognise that ethical trading is good for business.” Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion and leader of the Green Party of England and Wales


Alternative Energy

37 Health & Beauty

Electricity suppliers, micro generation, solar, wind and wood energy

Body & skincare, health products, aromatherapy, natural soaps

13 Clothing & Fashion Fairtrade clothing, ethical

45 Home & Garden Organic bedding, home

jewellery, recycled, hand made clothing

17 Eco Builds

composting, sustainable furniture, gift ideas

51 Office

Eco paints, sustainable building products, architects

21 Food & Drink

55 Resources

Organic wines, caterers and Books, campaigns, courses, cafes, veg box schemes, magazines, conservation, farmers markets recycling

27 Green Children

61 Travel & Transport

Wooden toys, earth friendly nappies, kids organic clothing

31 Green Lifestyle

Graphic design, eco printers, green promotional goods, award ceremonies

Eco weddings, funerals, dating and green festivals

Activity holidays, eco B&B’s, camping and hostels, sustainable tourism


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consultants and auditors 3 Acorns Eco-audits, Coleman Road, SE5 7TG Parity Projects, Riverside Business Centre, SW18 4UQ ReEnergise Renewables Ltd, Headley Road, GU26 6LB

020 7703 8748 0208 874 6433 01428 608462

energy info Dulas Ltd, Dyfi Eco Park, SY20 8AX Energy Saving Trust, Dartmouth Street, SW1H 9BP The Renewable Energy Centre, Farmer Ward Rd, CV8 2ED

01654 705000 0800 512 012 01926 865835

electricity suppliers Green Energy UK, Baldock Street, SG12 9DH Ecotricity, Russell Street, GL5 3AX Good Energy, Monkton Reach, SN15 1EE

0800 783 8851 01453 756 111 0845 456 1640

geothermal Borders Underfloor Heating, Coopersknowe Crst, TD1 2DS Kensa Engineering Ltd, Bishops Court Gardens, EX5 1DH Nu Heat, Devonshire Road, EX14 1SD

01896 668667 0845 680 4328 0800 731 1976

micro generation Better Generation, City Road, EC1Y 2BJ Big Green Company, Houghton, CA6 4JB Capture Energy, Dudnance Lane, TR15 3QW

020 7608 5225 0845 303 8652 01209 716 861

Smarter Integrated Renewables • Ground & Air Source Heat Pumps • Heat Recovery Ventilation • Solar PV • Solar Thermal • Wood-Burning Stoves • Wind • Wood & Pellet Boilers

Call 0845 301 3121

T4 Sustainability Ltd

Renewable energy consultants and installers with ten years experience of providing quality services. 0845 4561332 Ecohouse UK Ltd, Sparrow Hall Farm, LU6 2ES Energy Development Co-op Ltd, Lowestoft NR32 3LX Greenearth Energy Ltd, Pontrilas, HR2 0EL Intelligent Energy Solutions, Hamilton, LE5 1TL Invisible Heating Systems, Morefield, IV26 2SR ISO Energy, Meath Green Lane, RH6 8JA Mark Group, Boston Rd, LE4 1AW Ntech Renewables EU, Rectory Road, IP6 9RB Rai Systems Ltd, Dunford Bridge, S36 4TG Riomay, Stephenson Way, RH10 1TN Saxon Eco Energy, London Road, Kent Sundog Energy Ltd, Penrith, CA11 0BT Sustainable Energy Install', Great George St, BS1 5QT Tectonic PV, Springfield Road, KT1 2SA The Eco Experts, Wilkin Street, NW5 3NL Turbine Services Ltd, Lorton, CA13 9TL Windhager UK , Vincients Road, SN14 6BB Winsund International Ltd, Muggleswick, DH8 9DW

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alternative energy It’s easy to feel somewhat disconnected when it comes to keeping abreast of the developments in this sector. Stories of disaster-stricken nuclear plants and domestic earthquakes occurring close to fracking sites are still playing out on our news channels. It seems to me the most logical strategy should be to fully embrace the free gifts Mother Nature gives up in abundance; the wind, sunshine and the tides to name but a few. However, alongside technological advances in safe, sustainable energy solutions, we should make diligent and concerted efforts to reduce our consumption of it and hereto lies a real solution... © Tracey Smith

my green say “The UK is fortunate to have abundant renewable energy resources – wind, water and sunshine. Good Energy works with a wide range of independent renewable electricity producers, from large-scale community projects to our own wind farm producing clean, green electricity for our customers. Together, we can transform the way we make and consume energy.”

Juliet Davenport - founder and CEO at Good Energy 9

alternative energy

solar Access Renewables Limited, Woodstock Court, TS18 3BL Clear Sky Solar UK Ltd, Edward Park, CO2 8FZ CompareMySolar Ltd, St John Street, EC1V 4PY

01642 606096 0845 47 47 203 0800 6123 303

Style with a conscience‌


Introducing The SunPower E20 Series from Eos Solar. SunPower E20 panels are the highest efficiency, green panels available on the market today. SunPower breaks its own record for the planet’s most efficient module, the first module in the world with efficiency above 20% and MaxeonTM Technology. We also offer Matt Black Panels for those with more discerning tastes combining high efficiency and good looks. Logical Energy

Wholesale suppliers - premium Solar thermal, photovoltaic PV, wind turbine & energy efficient devices. 0845 505 2012 Eco One Ltd, Century Way, LS15 8ZA Ecohouse UK Ltd, Edelsborough, LU6 2ES Electrasolar, 51 Manor Lane, PE28 4EH Equinox Energy, Rosehill Drive, BH23 8NR EvoEnergy, Nottingham, NG9 6DZ

0845 075 6670 0800 917 6234 01480 896 137 01425 673560 0808 159 7564

Eos Solar are a trusted MCS accredited installer in London & The South East please visit to get a quote or book a free survey or call us on 01825 880603

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Specialising in high quality, performance tested solar PV systems

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“I enjoy speaking to my energy provider” Good Energy customer Phil Jones

It’s comments like this that helped us top the Which? customer satisfaction survey for the second time in January 2012. Why? Perhaps it’s because we haven’t raised their electricity prices since April 2009. Or because they know it comes from the sun and the sea, the wind and the water. Maybe you’ll find your own reason. 0845 456 1640 Image: Eleanor Wratten, Customer Care Advisor

alternative energy Hestia, Taylors Lane, B69 2BN Inergy UK Ltd, Malmesbury Rd, SN15 5PZ JHS Solar Solutions,, Southam Road, OX16 2SP Manor Solar, Station Road, PE6 8RQ Medoria Solar Limited, Station Lane, WF3 3DJ New Dawn Energy Ltd, Kings Acre Road, HR4 0RG Northern Sunlight Limited, Church Bank, HX6 2LP NRG Grid Ltd, Fort Street, BB1 5DP Ploughcroft Renewable Energy, HD6 4AH SAL Solar, Manor Road, CV37 7EA Select Solar Ltd, Ermin Way Barns, SN6 6DN Solar Essence, St Helens Court, IP24 1HG Solar Fusion Ltd, Oxford Road, BH8 8HA SolarUK, Hastings Road, TN31 6HY Southern Solar, Wellingham Lane, BN8 5SN Spirit Solar, Portman Road, RG30 1EA Sunshine Solar Limited, Ashwellthorpe, NR16 1ER Willis Renewables, Dargan Crescent, BT3 9JP

0800 043 2410 01249 654142 0845 3024779 01778 338337 07723 334 791 01432 800018 01422 831841 0800 6785623 01484 723344x 01789 204 497 0845 0031353 01842 845845 0800 87 66 995 08456 890 481 0845 456 9474 0118 951 4490 01508 488188 028 9078 1236

trade associations RenewableUK , Francis Street, SW1P 1DH Renewable Energy Association, Waterloo Road, SE1 8RT Solar Trade Association, Waterloo Road, SE1 8RT

020 7901 3000 020 7925 3570 020 7925 3575

wind energy Gaia-Wind Ltd, High Craighall Road, G4 9UD Locogen Ltd, Constitution Street, EH6 6RS Quiet Revolution Ltd, Blythe Road, W14 0HN

0845 871 4242 0131 5554745 08448 800 226

wood energy Eco Logs, Deriside, NP7 7HT Yorkshire Log Stores, Near Bank, HD8 8LS Organic Energy (UK) Ltd, Severn Road, SY21 7AZ

01873 856682 01484 609900 01938 530 070

Bioenergy Technology Limited

Wood fired boiler specialists, Microgeneration registered, for logs, wood pellets and wood chip. 01825 890140

Beacon Stoves

Wood Heat from TILE STOVES-Deep Warmth, Simple Efficiency & Surprising Convenience! Sales & Courses. 01559 371058

Eco Green Energy

Suppliers and installers of MCS Accredited Biomass boiler systems. Call us for a competitive price.


he Renewable Energy Association (REA) - The voice of the renewables industry in the UK.

The REA represents the UK’s renewable energy industry, covering renewable power, heat and transport. It was established in 2001, a not-for-profit trade association, to represent British renewable energy producers and promote the use of renewable energy in the UK. The REA endeavours to achieve the right regulatory framework for renewables to deliver an increasing contribution to the UK’s electricity, heat and transport needs. Their membership is active across the whole spectrum of technologies and renewable energy applications - electric power, heat, CHP, transport biofuels and biomethane to grid (“green gas”). They comprise generators, project developers, fuel producers and distributors, equipment manufacturers and distributors and service providers. Members range in size from major multi-nationals to sole traders. The Solar Trade Association is affiliated to the REA, and together the two have a combined membership of over 960 members, making them by far the largest renewable energy industry association in the UK. The Association sponsors the Renewable Energy Assurance Scheme. The REAL Assurance Scheme has been set up with the aim of guaranteeing a high quality experience for consumers wishing to buy or lease small generation units for their home, for a community building or for a small business. REAL membership is a sign that the supplier has agreed to abide by the high standards as set out in their Consumer Code. This Code is backed by the Office of Fair Trading as part of its self-regulation initiative, the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme. The REAL logo is a symbol of professional excellence. To find out more, and source your local renewable energy supplier visit


clothing & fashion Look good & feel good in what you wear & give.

When it comes to making a personal statement with your trendy threads and funky garb, you would do well to peruse what we have on offer from conscientious companies like the ones listed here. You’ll find organic cotton gear, fairly traded outfits and more, and some go the extra impressive mile when it comes to transparency of the raw materials and their ethical manufacture as well. It will be really easy to spot those of you who are so excited by their green messages, you wear the garments inside out so people can read the label and get inspired too... © Tracey Smith

my green say ““When I started THTC almost 13 years ago there was very little organic or ethical fashion on the high street. A fabulous collection of fashion, jewellery, accessories and gifts carefully sourced from designers who care about the environment and the people who work in it. Look good and feel good in what you wear and what you give Find us at One Ethical Boutique, 1 Grape Lane, York, YO1 7HU | 01904 675 987

It’s exciting to see that people’s attitudes towards sustainability, CSR and Upcycling have evolved so rapidly and I’m excited that THTC has been a part of this process.”

Gav Lawson - Arts Fashion & Music Award Winner, PEA Awards


clothing & fashion

accessories MimosaStyle

Look good & feel good too with Fair Trade fashion accessories, jewellery and gifts from Mimosastyle.


Unique hand made + fair trade accessories for you + the home -incl upcycled /vintage /eco. 020 7928 3444

bags Onya Innovations

Onya aims is to develop innovative & practical solutions to reduce social and environmental impacts. 05602 696001


Fairtrade handmade woven baskets - all made with natural products. Chic and unique! 01420 85112

fairtrade & organic Annie Greenabelle, Annie Greenabelle, LE12 7PU Bamboo Clothing Ltd, Sheen Road, TW9 1YS Beaumont Organic, Mayfield Road, SK7 1JU

0800 876 6616 020 8940 3958 0161 448 7204

THTC Organic Clothing

Ecological street wear company specialising in organic,ethical t-shirts, worn by urban musicians. 0208 630 9001

Eternal Creation

Eternal Creation is a Fair Trade fashion label making gorgeous items for the whole family!


Ethical clothing boutique selling women’s, children’s & babies fair trade, organic & ethical clothes. 01252 820055


clothing & fashion FAIR

A veritable treasure trove of ethical & Fair Trade fashion&gifts between Brighton station & the sea! (01273) 723215

Charlotte’s Web

Bohemian Clothing, Jewellery, Leather Bags & Accessories designed in the UK & fairly traded in India. Bibico, Park Avenue, BA2 4QD 01225 421467 Boutique-Ethique, PO Box 3233, BA15 2WB 01225 309218 Colonel Kilgore Clothing Ltd, Dorchester Road, BH15 3JU 01202 665312 Eco Eco, Castleton Road, S33 6RD 01433 623113 EKO Womenswear, Carrallack Mews, TR19 7UL 0845 8053 917 Epona Clothing, Ferndale Road, SW9 8BJ 020 7095 1724 FabOrganics, Nailsbourne, TA2 8AF 01823 450 414 Gossypium, High Street, BN7 2NL 01273 472211 Mongrel, P.O. Box 44, SY16 2HH 01686 629 298 Natural Clothing, Tomtits Lane, RH18 5AT 0845 3450498 Seasalt Cornwall, High Street, TQ9 5SQ 01803 863636 Terramar Organics, Gordon Road, AB15 7RL 07999 613982 Unicorn, Church Road, Ireland 353-01-2010510

footwear Bourgeois Boheme, Acklam Road, W10 5QZ Freerangers, Derwent Street, NE17 7HZ Green Shoes, Old Totnes Road, TQ11 0NF

020 8045 4338 01207 565957 01364 644036

Beyond Skin

We are a Brighton based cruelty-free fashion label, creating exclusive, designer women’s footwear. 01273 778837

jewellery Lili Design Ltd

Lili Design creates BioBijoux, a collection of bioplastic jewellery, cooked with food ingredients.

Woodland Treasures

Exquisite wooden jewellery lovingly hand carved in Scotland from rescued offcuts of quality timbers.


clothing & fashion Tribal Mango

Stunning jewellery for her & him: fair trade, ethical & eco-friendly. Accessories & gifts too. 01768 868507

Bespoke Fine Jewellery

Recycled platinum and gold Ethically sourced diamonds and gems Please contact us for an appointment 020 3627 4273 35 Bruton Street, London, W1J 6QY

Fifi Bijoux

Luxury Ethical Jewellery made from fair traded gold & gems. Exquisite Collection and Bespoke Designs.

Just Trade

We specialise in beautifully designed, hand-made fair trade jewellery and colourful accessories. Cocoart, Woburn Place, BN1 9GA Ella Georgia, Fishergate, YO51 9AL Fresh Cargo, Park Road, NG6 8TQ Glasswing Jewellery, Leskinnick Terrace, TR18 2HB, London Rd, Edinburgh Juzi, Main Road, CM3 4DJ

07949 342109 01423 325623 0115 979 4029 01736 350913 07739 814766 01245 221248

outdoor clothing El Alto Ltd, Cambridge Grove, BN3 3ED Patagonia, Langley Street, WC2H 9JA

01273 746 545 020 31376518

recycled and handmade From Somewhere Ltd, Portobello Road, W1 5SA Who Made Your Pants, Mount Pleasant Road, SO14 0QB

020 8960 9995 023 8022 5536

sportswear Asquith London, Leamington Road Villas, W11 1HS Bambo Ltd, Wilderton Road West, BH13 6EF Colonel Kilgore Clothing Ltd, Dorchester Road, BH15 3JU

0207 792 9414 0844 225 0400 01202 665312

textiles Fabrications, Broadway Market, E8 4PH Ruth Singer, Phoenix Square, LE1 1TG Toft Alpacas, Dunchurch, CV22 6NR

Garthenor Organic Pure Wool

0207 2758043 07740 345062 01788 810626

Pure British wool knitting yarns. Undyed natural colours. Certified Organic-Soil Association & GOTS.


architects ARCH-Angels Architects, Edward Street, BN2 0JL Eco Arc Architects, Kentmere, LA8 9JP Gale & Snowden, Market Place, EX39 2DR

01273 267184 01539 822 822 01237 474952

eco build This is perhaps one of the most exciting and fastest evolving areas and quite likely to directly affect many of our lives. We live in malleable shells and often enjoy improving them by changing their colour and sometimes extending them.

AB Architects

Glasgow architecture practice specialising in sustainable design. Free initial consultation available. 0141 649 6541 LEDA, Cross Green Lane, LS9 0DG Mass Architecture, The Shambles, YO1 7LD O2i Design ltd, Langport, TA10 9PD

0113 200 9380 01904 289 781 01458 253050

builders and contractors The Green Register, Smeaton Road, BS1 6XN ZEDfactory, Sandmartin Way, SM6 7DF

0117 377 3490 020 8404 2030

The green wrapping and eco-inserts for these shells are becoming kinder for the planet, better for us and far more efficient; in time, I believe they’ll become more affordable too. If you do nothing more than put a shelf up in the year ahead, it’s an easy choice, simply make it FSC wood and non-toxic paint and you’re a winner... © Tracey Smith


Sustainable design / construction / education. Specialising in cob / lime / stone / roundpole timber framing. 07917 361579/80

my green say

Ecoalex Ltd

“Construction is a world swimming with eco-terminology and green sustainababble which means that, more than ever, the would-be builder needs the guidance of an authoritative hand.

I can cut your bills and make your house warmer, save you water, build green roofs and rain gardens..

building products Bauder Limited, Landseer Road, IP3 0DH Earth and Reed Ltd, High Street, IP6 8AP Eco Products Ireland Ltd, Warrenpoin, BT34 3TU

01473 257671 01449 722 255 028 4177 2402

Ty-Mawr Lime

Design, manufacture and distribution of environmentally-friendly building materials and systems. Edward Bulmer Limited, Pembridge, HR6 9HW Green Building Store, Heath House Lane, HD7 4JW Lime Green Products Ltd, Stretton Road, TF13 6DG Lime Technology Limited, Abingdon, OX14 4SA Mike Wye & Associates, Buckland Filleigh, EX21 5RN Salvabuild Limited, Osborne Terrace, NE2 1SQ Sublime Renovations, Tip Hill, EX11 1BE The Energy Saving Screed Co, Heath Road, KT22 0NN Vanessa Cooper, Bridge Street, HR4 9DF

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Here is that helping hand in the shape of the Green Directory. It’s no-nonsense and, I’m reliably informed, greenwash-free.”

Kevin McCloud 15 17

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decorators Earthwise, High Hutton, YO60 7HW, Hawkesworth Drive, GU19 5QY

insulation Natural Insulations, Barwick Road, SG11 1PR Sheep Wool Insulation Ltd, Rathdrum, Ireland Thermafleece, Dacre, CA11 0JF

0800 074 1087 Earth Friendly Supplies Ltd, Fern Avenue, NE29 0RN 0800 008 6689 Naturepaint Ltd, Marsh Lane, TR27 5JR Precious Earth, 23 Station Road, LD7 1DT

Auro UK - Natural Paints

01920 821069 353-(0)404-46100 017684 86285

kitchens Bottle Alley Glass, Harewood Rd, LS22 5BZ Chamois Kitchens, Showell Road, WV10 9LN Trunk Reclaimed, Foundry Lane, NE48 2DA

0191 296 4344 0845 3670140 01547 52 80 80

01937 220002 01902 864685 01434 220011

Natural Eco Paints and wood finishes made from 100% sustainable ingredients. Over 30 yrs experience. 01452 772020

For a Beautiful Home Choose Celtic Sustainables A wide range of Breathable Paints, Natural Wood Finishes and the most Eco-Friendly Decorating Accessories.

when you’re done pass it on

Order online, or call us for a friendly & helpful service. We offer the best prices delivered quickly, direct to your door.

01239 623506 The Green Shop

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Supplying eco and sustainable goods for over 20 years and specialists in eco & natural paints. 01452 770629

eco build

project consultants AECB, PO Box 32, SA44 5ZA CSBT, Burngullow Lane, PL26 7TQ NBT, Worminghall Road, HP18 9UL Sustainable Homes, Marina Place, KT1 4BH

0845 4569773 01726 64651 01844 338 338 020 8973 0429

straw bale and hemp Earthship Brighton, Stanmer Park, BN1 9PZ Edwards Eco Buildings, Fleggburgh, NR29 3DF Home Grown Home, Eastrington, DN14 7QN

07974 122 770 01493 369952 01430 410662

sustainable flooring Ecora Limited, Belsize Park, NW3 4TG Panda Flooring Company, Thurnby, LE7 9QQ Reclaimed Ltd, Sewardstone Road, E4 7RH Urbane Living, Power Road, W4 5PY

020 7148 5265 0116 241 4816 0208 5298504 020 7138 3838

timber frame Cullen Timber Design Ltd, Lower Hatfield Road, SG13 8LE Inwood Developments Ltd, Whitesmith, BN8 6JB Timber Engineering Europe, Glossop, SK13 6LQ Westwind Oak Buildings Ltd, Streamcross, BS49 4QA

01992 554753 01825 872 550 01457 890024 01934 877317

water saving Biorock, Foggathorpe, YO8 6PX Combined Harvesters Ltd, Dock Road, CH41 1DF Freerain Ltd, Rio Drive, NG23 7NB Interflush, Calder Road, WF14 8NP

01757 288022 0151 639 0880 01636 894906 01924 500 510




by Ben Law


Foreword By

Kevin McCloud


en Law is an extraordinary man.

Not exactly a warrior for his cause, more the quiet victor. Ben has proved that it’s possible to make a good living as an underwoodsman – coppicing, hurdle making and charcoal burning, simply by working hard and applying good commercial business sense.

He’s also proved that it’s possible to design and construct an elegant, sophisticated and truly environmentally-friendly home from materials around you, providing you design with diligence and sensitivity. And he has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that great architecture need not be urban, or glamorous or loud. I first met Ben when filming the third series of Grand Designs for Channel 4. We followed over a year the steady, measured construction of his house and watched coppiced chestnut being willed into a new form as a dwelling. It was clear then that because of Ben’s highly unusual planning circumstances and the exceptional nature of his job and skills that came with it, we were witnessing something rare; an event in building that doesn’t happen at all often. And in the three years since, we have not been able to find a project with the equivalent integrity of man, material and design. I suspect we won’t for a long time. Sustainable is a word that in the last few years has become almost meaningless. It’s now so overworn a word, it’s become so floppy you can take it and stuff it with whatever you like: organic straw; urethane foam insulation or just hot air. Whenever I need to remind myself what the word really means, I think of Ben’s house and how we managed to make a film about sustainable construction whilst mentioning the word just once. Here is a house so ecologically sound, it breathes in time to the trees around it. Nearly every


bit of wood in the place (and it is nigh all wood) grew in that forest and was coppiced. The subsequent coppice stumps or stools are now regrowing so fast and gulping in their youth so much carbon dioxide, that within a few years the environmental impact of constructing and living in this building will have been more than outweighed. Putting it into hard environmental language, this, in carbon terms, is an invisible house. But it mustn’t remain too invisible because it’s also a beautiful house and one that answers eloquently to its setting. Ben has a shrewd eye for design, proportion and the subtleties of colour and materials. The result is a delightful building which appears as rooted as it can possibly be; one, that like all good architecture, responds intelligently to both its context and to human beings. Ben’s home has been made out of its very context, by him. You couldn’t find a house that has a more intimate relationship with people and place. Saturday 5th May 2012: Ben Law will be interviewed by Kevin McCloud at Grand Designs Live, London.

article by kind permission of Permaculture Publications.

alcoholic drinks Black Isle Brewery Co., Black Isle IV8 8NZ Butford Organics, Bowley Lane HR1 3LG Neil Palmer, Holdshott Farm RG27 0JZ

01463 811 871 01568 797195 0800 980 4992

Avalon Vineyard

Organic English Wines White/Rose/Sparkling/delicious Fruit wines/Liqueurs/Mead-all natural/unsprayed.

baby and toddler Organix Brands Ltd, Commercial Road BH2 5LT So Baby Limited, Newton Lane CH3 9NE JuniOrganic, Valley View GU33 6DD

01202 586100 01829 772 555 01420 473 002

catering eco cuisine

Award winning ethical caterers, using organic, British, non gm, wild, seasonal produce. 020 888 20350

Henry’s Beard Cafe

Britain’s unique destination cafe. Famous for its ethics and fresh fast food oh and a framed beard ! 01308 485330


food and drink If you’re engaging with this most excellent publication hoping to find divine inspiration to green up your act, beware, this is the chapter you’ll struggle to flick through, without dribbling on the pages; good job it’s not scratch-n-sniff! We all eat, we all drink and even if you consider your general diet to be relatively bland, I guarantee you’ll be tempted to tickle your taste buds with something of a sustainable nature. And just in case you were wondering, delicious organic fruits covered in velvety Fairtrade chocolate would almost certainly count as two of your essential green Five a Day... © Tracey Smith

my green say ““Organic food production is surely one of the most important factors in the quest for sustainable communities and businesses. Local Bio diversity, seasonal planting, seed saving and skill sharing all tend to go hand in hand with organic food production, and I think that it will be the organic food sector that more and more people turn to in the future for high quality sustainable food.”

Arthur Potts Dawson Celebrity Chef

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food and drink

farmers markets BigBarn CIC, Great Barford, MK44 3JJ Brecknock Farmers Markets, Builth Wells, LD2 3TX Caerphilly Farmers Market, Sycamore Close Bridgend Edinburgh Farmers Markets, George Street, EH2 4JY Essex Farmers Markets Ltd, Norton Mandeville, CM4 0LN Farmers' Markets in Wales, Chepstow, NP16 6QT Fresh-n-Local Farmers Markets, Bath Road, GL5 3TJ London Farmers' Markets, Brunswick Centre, WC1N 1NY Orton Farmers Ltd, Nr Penrith, CA10 3UB Perth Farmers Market, Bleachers Way,PH1 3NY Rochester Farmers Market, High Street, ME1 1LX Tring Farmers Market, Brook Street Tring

Limited Resources

Free delivery service in north Cheshire & Gtr Manchester. Organic food, household goods & toiletries.

01480 890970 01982 560240 01656 658963 0131 220 8580 01277 362 414 01600 869037 01453 758060 020 7833 0338 Organic Centre Wales, Ceredigion, SY23 3EB 07969 335598 Organic Food Federation, Swaffham, PE37 7XD 01738 582159 The Biodynamic Association, Stoud, GL5 1QG 01634 338143 Biodynamic Association 01442 842252

food and health shops

food campaigns 01970 622248 01760 720444 01453 759501

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organic meat and poultry Askerton Castle Estate

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Wild Food Where others see weeds, Alys Fowler sees supper


ve been less than truthful to my husband for the last couple of years about where our dinners have come from. I can see his point – it is a little weird to go out and forage when there’s a supermarket at the bottom of our road. But I gain so much pleasure from foraging: every leaf, seed and berry that I pick somehow seems to connect me both to my past and my future. I think about what my mother has taught me about the outdoors. I think of the many women over millennia who have done this. And I am good at gathering; I can pick fast, note exactly when a bush is ripe with berries. I can climb high into the tree to pick those fat mulberries, and where oth-

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ers see weeds or see nothing at all, I can see our supper. More importantly, I’m not alone. Last year I offered to take some people around my park to show where and how to forage sustainably. I thought at best 10 or 20 hardy souls would turn up; I never expected 60 to come and take notes so eagerly. There were old people, hipsters, youngsters, mums and dads and dog walkers all interested in looking and participating in their park in a different way. Foraging is exciting because it offers a sort of freedom with food that many of us have never experienced before. Foraging or wild-food walks are popping up all over the country – all you need to do is surf the web to find like-minded folk who want to get to grips with identifying edible plants and using them. You do not have to go to the countryside to find these foods, though of course you can, but in some cases you may do better in a car park than a field. The plants are just as likely to have come originally from faraway shores as from home. I stick to plants that taste good enough to want to go back for more, that don’t need difficult or laborious processing to get to the good bits and, most importantly, that are readily available in most places.

The thing I hear most about foraging is that surely it’s unclean and polluted, particularly if you’re foraging in the city (which is pretty much where all my foraged food comes from). I’m going to hit this one on the head so we can move swiftly on to the more joyous elements. Supermarket food is no cleaner than things that you forage for. It could possibly be more polluted; it is definitely more unknown. Our current global farming system is in a bit of a mess, it relies on all sorts of less than desirable practices and is less than transparent about what the end product is. If you want to really know about how something is grown, the husbandry practice, about which way the


Wild food is good for you but, like all foods, some people should steer clear of certain food groups. It goes without saying that pregnant women should be extra careful with what they eat. If you have kidney stones (or similar ailments) then you should not eat borage, and you may wish to stay away from fat hen, oraches, nettles and sorrels that all contain notable levels of oxalic acid.


Wilder parks, canal and riverside pathways, those funny bits of urban wasteland that actually look more like the countryside than city, allotments, churchyards – they’ll all throw up something edible. Dense woodlands aren’t very productive as there is little light at ground level for plants to grow. As many of the berries and green plants that you want to eat are most often at or near ground level, head to the margins. Hedgerows are ideal, as are the banks of streams and open areas. Choose the places that are least polluted, the furthest corner from the road and so on. If you are after fruit and are in any way unsure about ground pollution, only pick from trees. I’d stay clear of picking greens in car parks, or along busy roads, and head into parks for them or choose plants protected from heavy pollution by, say, a fence or a dense hedge. Photograph: Simon Wheeler

Originally published in GREEN Magazine Autumn 2011


prevailing wind blows (and with it the pollution), you need to ask the growers and see where it is grown. Farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture are great for this, and stuff you grew yourself is even better. Or you can go and forage. As a competent forager I know about the land management practice of where I can pick (mostly parks). Fruit, particularly tree fruit such as apples and pears, is perhaps the safest urban food. Fruit trees tend to sequester minerals and toxins into their heartwood or bark, not into the fruit. This makes sense as the fruit makes the trees of the future. Berries, such as black-berries and raspberries, are shallow-rooted and this means they can take up more pollutants.

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Being the singular weird greenie at work is much harder to do these days and thank goodness for that! In fact, I’d go as far as to say applying your eco-approach in the office, is positively bang on trend. Ponder this chapter, packed with companies plying resources and products to help your company fly the green flag, with everything from eco-printers to stapleless staplers. If you feel completely inspired, consider pushing the boat right out and set up a legacy point by creating anything from a simple fizzy pop can recycling area, to a restful roof top chill out garden. © Tracey Smith

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Judges Jo Wood (Lifestyle Guru), Leo Johnson (head of sustainability, PWC), Josephine Fairley (founder, Green & Blacks), Tony Juniper (environmental campaigner, author and Green’s editor-in-chief), Deborah Meaden (TV Personality & Entrepreneur)


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If you’re in the market for a new eco-widget, or simply want to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the environmental world, the next chapter is for you. Have a cuppa and a leisurely peruse to locate informative eco-magazines, events, books, workshops and more. When it comes to reliable sources of information, you currently have your nose pressed against the best place to start. There are a great many more ethical companies listed on the website and app and if you run an eco-business, be sure to create your own free listing at © Tracey Smith

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travel and transport The misconception that we should travel great distances in order to get away from it all to have a break, has finally been broken and it is aided by the circumstance of peak oil and the inescapable rising costs of all fuels. What better time to look at this beautiful country of ours (or perhaps even a neighbouring county) for a spot of rest and recuperation, that can be reached long before the children start tugging your cardigan saying, Mummy, are we there yet?’ Read on and get into the right gear, or maybe even, get on yer bike! © Tracey Smith

my green say “The most significant decision you can take to lessen the carbon footprint of your holiday is to seek low emission forms of transport. Thankfully it’s now easier than ever to go green… so hop on a train, bus or bike and have a great holiday. Less Carbon, More Fun.”

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Some of Europe’s finest cities are now within easy reach by train from Britain. Richard Hammond climbs on board


assengers who fly between London, Paris and Brussels generate 10 times more carbon dioxide emissions than travellers who go by rail, according to Eurostar. Fortunately, more and more of us are trying train travel to Europe as an eco-conscious, low-stress alternative to the hassle of flying.

renowned for its fine cuisine and wonderful Rhône wine. Journey time: 6 hours 20 minutes. How to get around: The city’s bike hire scheme, ‘Libelo’, provides 20 bike stations throughout the city where you can pick up and drop off a bike. A full day’s bike hire costs about €6. Departure: Eurostar to Lille, then a change of platform to catch the conveniently-timed high-speed TGV to Valence TGV station just outside the city, from where it’s a short 10-minute journey by local train to the centre of Valence.

In my view, Europe is best appreciated by train: you watch the varied landscapes from the comfort of a carriage, discover vibrant cities and sleepy villages, and stay overnight in authentic, charming hotels. Here are three underrated cities waiting to be discovered.

Sitting on the Swiss, French and German borders, Basel is one of the most cosmopolitan and laidback cities in Switzerland. With over 40 museums dedicated to history, art and architecture, it is the country’s cultural capital, hosting the huge Art Basel fair every June, which adds some 60,000 visitors – dealers, artists, curators and critics – to a population of only 190,000.

Home to the Netherlands’ top university, Utrecht is a youthful, energetic city packed with canal-side cafes, Journey time: 6 hours 30 minutes. boutique shops, bars and restaurants – it’s like a mini How to get around: All hotels in Basel offer guests Amsterdam but without the crowds. a free ‘Mobility Pass’ that provides unlimited travel within Basel and its suburbs (including the city’s Journey time: 5 hours 9 minutes. extensive tram network) throughout their stay. How to get around: Bikes can be hired at the central station ( Another great way to Departure: Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord, followed explore Utrecht is by boat along the city’s many by a 10-minute walk to Paris Gare de L’Est to catch ancient waterways. There are a range of boats and the high-speed TGV train to Basel. tours on offer from electric barges and canoes to water bikes. A one-hour boat bike costs €8 per How to buy train tickets to Europe person. A day ticket for the electric boat hop on, hop Eurostar (08432 186186; allows tickets off service costs €22. Private boats and tours are also to be booked from most British stations to Paris, available. Brussels and Lille. Several agencies provide bookings for onward travel throughout Europe, such as Departure: Eurostar to Brussels, then a leisurely RailEurope (08448 484064; and platform change and one-hour high-speed Thalys Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railway which train to Rotterdam and 40-minute local train to now has a UK telesales office (08718 808066; bahn. Utrecht. de). Tickets to and around Switzerland may be booked through The Swiss Travel System (swisTucked between the French Alps and the Massif Also see Greentraveller’s Journey Central, in the heart of La Drôme region, Valence Planner: is France’s largest producer of organic food and is Originally published in GREEN Magazine, Spring 2012 issue.


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