Helen Iles | 2012 | Cymru | 48’
Lammas is a co-operative which, in 2009, began the construction of the UK’s first planned ecovillage - Tir y Gafel - on a 76 acre site of mixed pasture and woodland next to the village of Glandwr, Pembrokeshire. This new film tells the the inside story of how the nine families living there have created their own natural homes and gardens, driven by an urgent need to build affordable housing and to renew their relationship with the land. The village combines the traditional smallholding model with the latest innovations in environmental design, green technology and permaculture, and raises questions about how communities might live more sustainably in the future. The film is set within the context of local planning systems, the pressure for such projects to achieve success, and the new Welsh Government guidelines on low-impact developments.
The screening will be followed by a question and answer session, chaired by Jane Davidson, who was Minister for Environment and Sustainability in Wales from 2007 to 2011 where she was responsible for the Welsh Government agreeing to make sustainable development its central organising principle.