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Five of the best… country pubs

Five of the best… country pubs

Rachael Stubbins

23rd April, 2012

Fresh, locally sourced produce, real ale and cosy fireplaces: the Great British country pub is one foodie tradition that’s not going anywhere. Rachael Stubbins rounds up five of the best more...
veg boxes

Five of the best…organic veg box schemes

Ruth Styles

16th January, 2012

Whether you’re looking for seasonal veg or slaughter-free milk, Britain’s box schemes make avoiding the supermarket a cinch more...
Community Orchards

What is a community orchard?

Matilda Lee

6th May, 2011

The pioneers behind Apple Day - Sue Clifford & Angela King of Common Ground - have recently published a handbook on community-owned fruit orchards. Here they give the Ecologist their top tips and advice on getting started more...

After the spending cuts: our step-by-step guide to greening your local council

Phil England

19th October, 2010

If you already have a low-impact lifestyle and want to step it up a level, turn your attention to your local council. Here's how to get the authorities in your area to act more...

How to reclaim the empty shops on your local high street

Adam Oxford

17th September, 2010

A pioneering network has a toolkit for turning the nation's decrepit private spaces into public places more...
Community garden

Life without supermarkets: community action is the best way to beat them

Laura Laker

10th August, 2010

A hypermarket victory in Hackney demonstrates how local groups can help protect community shops... more...
Homemade Kids

Six ways to teach kids to value community life

Nicola Baird

8th July, 2010

This extract from the new book Homemade Kids offers some inspirational ways you and your kids can get stuck back into local life more...

How to campaign for better food

Zofia Walczak & Matilda Lee

29th June, 2010

Concerned about the state of your food? Here are some ways to tackle the problem at root - from community gardens to animal welfare more...
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CASE STUDY: keeping local areas distinctive

Paul Kingsnorth

1st December, 2006

The UK’s most successful NGO is based in a Dorset village, with no members or PR team. Paul Kingsnorth meets the duo behind it… more...
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People power: support the campaign for the Sustainable Communities Bill

LOCAL WORKS

2nd December, 2005

A Bill drafted by environmental groups and community organisations to make the places we live more sustainable and reverse community decline. But it will only become law with massive grass roots support - that means you!..... more...
Post Office in decline

Can communities save the post office?

Steve Shaw

13th July, 2009

Scaled-back, out-sourced or privatised, there's no doubt that the Post Office - the hub of many rural communities - is in a sorry state. Is there a way that local communities can band together to preserve local facilities? more...
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Sustaining communities

Phil Moore

1st October, 2008

With the global credit crunch grabbing all the headlines, issues concerning economies on a lesser scale are easily sidelined. more...

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Small and local saves the rainforest

News

19th July, 2007

Small, local initiatives are the best way to preserve tropical rainforests but are being ignored by governments, a new study has shown. more...
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Sustainble Communities Bill edges closer to becoming law

News

22nd June, 2007

The Sustainable Communities Bill - the landmark legislation tabled by MP Nick Hurd which promises to be an enabling act for local communities - has passed its third reading in the House of Commons. more...
Bolgs and Comments

Cassandra

John Papworth

1st February, 2007

Don’t wait for Dave or Tony to give you a hug. If you are dissatisfied with your leaders, take control of your own more...
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Ecologist questionnaire: how much do you know about where you live?

The Ecologist

1st May, 2004

‘If we could think locally, we would take far better care of things than we do now. The right local questions and answers will be the right global ones. The Amish question, "What will this do for our community?" tends toward the right answer for the world.’ Wendell Berry more...
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Killa Cola

Keith Hyams

1st April, 2004

I’m sitting opposite the large Coca-Cola bottling plant next to the village of Plachimada in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Plachimada is a farming village of about 800 families, many of them tribal. The ugly factory looks rather out of place in such a beautiful setting, the Western Ghats mountains clearly visible in the distance. more...
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Adopt a veg

Alexandra Abrahams

1st October, 2003

Have you ever heard of – let alone tasted – the Rats Tail radish, the Crookneck squash or the Prince of Prussia pea? We report on what’s being done to save Britain’s rich agricultural heritage.

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Nasty, Brutish & Short

Sally Fallon

1st July, 2003

In the 1930s US dentist Weston Price travelled the world to study the diets of ‘primitive’ peoples. He found a startling lack of disease and proof that a system of environmentally-friendly local food production is the best way to ensure human health.
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Bigger But Not Better

Andrew Kimbrell

1st April, 2003

Myth Number 5: INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE IS EFFICIENT more...
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Greening Cities

Dan Box

1st April, 2003

With human beings about to become a predominantly urban species, Dan Box asks whether cities can ever be sustainable. more...
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Solutions for a farming future

Steven Gorelick

7th June, 2000

Steven Gorelick lays out just a few of the policy changes, priority shifts and new approaches that could help save rural life, and lead to more sustainable farming more...
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Small scale farming: A global perspective

Peter Rosset and Vandana Shiva

3rd June, 2000

Peter Rosset argues for small farms in the North...and Vandana Shiva champions those in the South more...

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