Author Archives: Iain

Plotlands story in the Independent

“A last hurrah for plotlanders, Britain’s interwar guerrilla housebuilders. In the chaos and poverty of interwar Britain sprang up a hardy breed of guerrilla homebuilder: plotlanders. Foreshadowing both trailer parks and modern squatters, they constructed semi-permanent dwellings on land not … Continue reading

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Log cabin holidays and garden shepherd’s huts

Two stories in the Observer today. One about using Tiny Houses in woods for holidays, and one about David Cameron buying a shepherd’s hut for his garden.

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Century Wood blog

I’m going to start posting more about my own wood at https://centurywood.uk and probably most of the forestry and rewilding posts I make in the future will be there too. The first post I’ve made is about ride rewidening and … Continue reading

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Lake Isle of Innisfree

I don’t know about you, but poetry at school was a hit and miss business. Looking back, it feels as if a lot of verse was thrown in my general direction, some of which has stuck and some of which … Continue reading

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The hut at Walden Pond

In 1845 Henry David Thoreau built himself a hut beside Walden Pond in Massachusetts and started the process which led to “Walden; or, Life in the Woods” in 1854. This book has gone on to become a classic of American literature, … Continue reading

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The return of the plotlands and prefabs?

Interesting article by Geoff Beacon on the possible return of plotlands and prefabs, and the background to how we got into the current house price mess stoked by the planning system: Just imagine, as we do in the York Plotlands … Continue reading

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Urgent request to help Humberston Fitties

In 2014 I made one of the most popular posts here: “Humberston Fitties: magical but under threat“, describing one of Britain’s few remaining plotland sites on the north east coast of Lincolnshire. It was under threat from the continuing uncertainty … Continue reading

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