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Jean Vernon

Jean Vernon Garden Writer/Feature Writer West Country

  • Date Joined: 01 Jul 2008

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An earthy, eco festival

Posted by Jean Vernon on 16 Jul 2009 at 12:22 PM

Gardeners with an interest in self-sufficiency, permaculture and sustainable living could spend a few days at the largest and liveliest green festival of the summer. Totally powered by wind, solar and people power, The Big Green Gathering is a collection of everything that is good, green and eco friendly.The five day event runs from Wednesday 29th July to Sunday August 2nd 2009.

From acoustic musicians, alternative energy, self-build and green crafts, the event is a magnet for earthy souls in tune with nature.

Workshops, talks, demonstrations in making compost, permaculture, healing herbs and much, much more are all taking place at this festival, high on the Mendip Hills.

Anyone thinking of building an eco home or gardening more sustainably can learn from the experts, whose aim is to demonstrate that 'it doesn't cost the Earth to dwell well'. The festival will be showcasing some of the best in accessible and sustainable building techniques, both temporary and permanent. Experts in log cabin, straw bale, timber frame, cob, yurt, dome and boat building will provide the opportunity for some hands on experience as well as in depth talks and slide shows on the many and varied techniques available.

It's an eclectic mix of natural, sustainable living offering everyone with a home and garden new ways to live and work in better harmony with nature.

If the idea of camping doesn't appeal then there are some day tickets available or you can even hire your own little hobbit-house to provide a bit of quirky luxury. Podpads are 'furnished', solar powered dens for tent shy visitors.


Alternative Kitchen Garden said:

I am running a seed swap in the Permaculture marquee at the Big Green Gathering, so if you're coming along bring your spare seeds and go home with something different! For more information you can email me at

on 17 Jul 2009 at 08:14 AM

Jean Vernon said:

Thanks for that Alternative Kitchen Garden, that sounds like a great idea. Hoping to come to the festival so may see you there. Let me know how it goes. Seed swaps are such a brilliant way for gardeners to share and to find new and different things to grow. Good luck with it.

on 17 Jul 2009 at 10:15 AM