A VERY BRITISH UTOPIA
Off grid communities have always been a real fascination for me but this is the first project I’ve looked at them in the UK. With soaring house princes and a particular lack of affordable homes, more and more people are looking for alternatives ways of living that don’t mean you’re slave to a 30 year mortgage and a 40 hour a week job you hate. Laws in Wales are beginning to relax slightly, in regards to building a home on green belt land as long as it can conform to a strict set of rules regarding it’s sustainable and self sufficient nature. This has lead to a slow but steady growth in these communities, some of which have been around since the mid 1970’s, often having to hide from or fight the law, they are now beginning to be given legitimacy.
The communities I visited differed vastly, but the freethinking, principled nature of the people was ever present, with their deep commitment to a way of life that puts the importance of environmental health and community ahead of material possessions.
"I CAME HERE TO LIVE IN A WAY I KNEW I COULD BELIEVE IN"
"IT'S AGAINST THE LAW TO BE POOR IN THIS COUNTRY"
"SMALL STEPS - IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO TAKE THE LEAP"
"YOU'VE HEARD OF BIODEGRADABLE CARRIER BAGS, THIS IS A BIODEGRADABLE HOME"
"THE FIRST HOUSE I MADE COST 50 PENCE TO BUILD"
"WHEN I CAME HERE I BECAME PART OF NATURE- INSTEAD OF TRYING TO CONTROL IT"
"WE ARE IN MANY RESPECTS ASLEEP"
"IT'S A MATTER OF RESPONSE OF YOUR SPIRIT TO THE UNIVERSE"
"NATURE HAS BECOME A SORT OF NOVEL EXHIBIT RATHER THAN THE BASIS FOR ALL THINGS"