Lammas is a new community of 9 families in Pembrokeshire in Wales which is taking advantage of radical new legislation that allows low impact sustainable community’s to build eco small holding on open country side.
Using the latest innovations in environmental design, green technology and permiculture this community is completely independent of all its main services fuel, water electricity and food on the site. Every family grows their own food to some extent but “Jane Wells” is probably the most productive with her two Polly tunnels.
‘So we have been eating sweet corn from here that’s nearly over now, loads and loads of strawberries they have done really well. Marrows & pumpkins, beans and peas so on.”
“My potatoes one first prize at the show in the village, they have a yearly show and I thought we may as well enter but it was a very nice surprise to actually win. This is out Polly tunnel it gets very humid in here kind of like being in a warm cloud but it has meant we get start getting edible produce much earlier on in the year than we could before”
The volunteer weeks are run by poppy Lambush and her husband Paul. Paul is one of the founding members of the Lammas community
“This is out plot, it extends about three quarters of this field. It’s basically considered very poor agricultural land. But this is what is so important about what we are trying to do. We want to take land that has no conventional use and show people how easily that can be converted and used to feed and house people.
The guy who farmed these fields before the lammas community used to make around £2500 a year through the sales of lamb. With in the next 5 years we aim to be producing £95000 worth of fresh produce a year. Enough to keep 9 families living comfortably off this one small holding, this proves the amazing bio diversity of our landscape and the fact that through correct management food shortages should not be a problem anywhere on the planet. This is the key difference between agriculture and permiculture.
The Welsh assembly is one of the few governments in the world to have made a legal commitment to sustainability. As a result of this commitment pembrokeshire country county council adopted something called policy 52 in 2006 which was intended to provide for eco small holdings and protected open countryside on the basis that they make a positive environmental social and economic contribution. Paul initially formulated his proposals for the lammas project in direct response to this policy. But still the council didn’t make his life easy. Three years, two rejections and thousands of planning applications later the Lammas project was finally given the green light to go ahead in the summer of 2009.