Here’s another trawl of garden projects involving reused pallets or other recycled wood. Again, all courtesy of the Facebook site 1001 Pallets. First a few for child’s play…
And these two are more for the grown ups!
Originally posted on mecc interiors | design bites:
What better time to plan your garden shelter for next year than as the frost and snow start to cover the ground? And what better place for inspiration than Australia?
The above set is all designed by BKK Architects for the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. Given their public nature, the shelters are more of a resting spot that a place to entertain, but with a little imagination, you can surely picture how you might use any of these spaces for dinner parties or other gatherings.
I’m not sure how I feel about the above curved structure being linked to an article entitled The Feminisation of the Garden Shed, but… The size and shape are ideal for back garden corners, particularly for narrow lots. The curve (the feminine aspect?) will soften a corner, visually expanding the space and creating a more inviting focal point.
A shelter need not…
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Originally posted on Municipal Dreams:
Between the wars, Conservative-controlled Birmingham built over 51,000 new council homes – more than any other local authority in the country outside London. When Neville Chamberlain, a former city councillor and now Edgbaston MP, opened the city’s 40,000th council home in 1933 he spoke with much local pride and only a little exaggeration of:(1)
an achievement on the part of Birmingham which has no parallel in this or any other country
While Chamberlain might seem the quintessential interwar Conservative, his name and local heritage stood for something more. Before his father Joseph Chamberlain, a dominating figure both as local councillor and MP, became a Unionist, he was a radical. His influence, that mix, remained powerful in Birmingham. Neville, his more pallid son, represented some of its good intent and many of its contradictions.
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Originally posted on National Trust Press Office:
A new way to overcome the challenges of building renewables on significant and extreme weather-prone places has been successfully trialled by the National Trust.
The conservation charity has switched on a hydro turbine at Hafod y Porth in Snowdonia. The scheme is uniquely the Trust’s first hydro turbine to be pre-fabricated off site before being transferred and assembled on location.
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‘… Bordering on the Granada Province, Archidona sits at the very centre of Andalucia, 660 metres above sea level. This rural community dominates the valley over which it presides……
The municipality covers an area of approximately 187 kilometres and has a population of around 10,000. Although, as with many Andalucian villages in the 1970’s, there was a grand exit from the countryside and into the larger cities, Archidona is once again a thriving little town, whose economy still depends to a large extent on the olive groves that surround the area, which yield a very high quality of olive oil…
Although Archidona has grown from a tiny village into a small town, many of today’s inhabitants still remember the days when they played marbles and hopscotch in the narrow streets. In the area knows as “Los Caños de las Monjas“, older residents in Archidona reminisce about gathering together in the hope of finding work in the olive groves, being paid at the rate of 15 pesetas a day. Woman took their washing to “Los Caños” – the public wash place. In those days, if a widow or widower remarried, the young people of the village would stand outside the house of the newly weds and make a dreadful din, often resulting in the groom chasing them down the road, firing rifle shots in the air to scare them off. Things have changed in Archidona and there is more modern housing and good facilities, but the general layout and structure of the town has remained largely unchanged…’
Originally posted on Shine A Light Project:
This week’s blog comes from Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse: Museum of Norfolk Life. Megan Dennis, the curator, enlightens us on a Gressenhall object housed at the Norfolk Collections Centre and the detective work required to find out its history.
Today I have been working in the Norfolk Collections Centre – trying to find out “what’s in the box”? This large green wooden box was discovered during the Shine A Light project, sitting on the social history racking. Unnumbered and unidentified it was feeling pretty unloved.
Fortunately there were several clues to unravel the story of this object. The box, to some extent, “does what it says on the tin”.
There are a number of large white plastic letters screwed onto the box reading “JOHN H BUSH, THE WOODGATE HERD, OF, PEDIGREE LARGE BLACK PIGS”.
Large black pigs are a traditional East Anglian breed. We have some here on the farm…
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Originally posted on GarryRogers Nature Conservation:
Guest post by Leslie Olsen
Predicting the effects of climate change and other human impacts on Earth ecosystems is a critical goal for policy makers, scientists, and environmentalists. Some effects, such as weather extremes and biodiversity decline are becoming clear to everyone. One group of species, the butterflies, is especially sensitive to environmental change, and scientists are using the group to gauge the effects of the changes on other species.
Like canaries in a coalmine, butterflies can serve as valuable indicators of significant changes. Butterflies are easy to see. Moreover, their metabolism and short life span make their numbers an especially sensitive gauge of environmental changes. When a butterfly population falls, other species may follow. Fluctuations in temperature patterns, temperature extremes, droughts, floods, and severe storms affect butterfly populations throughout North America. Studies on the impact of climate changes on insects…
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