Friday, June 03, 2011

Campaign for a thousand huts

The Reforesting Scotland Journal aims to "spread information about ecological and social regeneration of Scotland" and each issue is themed. The current issue is all about 'Woodland shelter', or huts/sheds, and marks the launch of Reforesting Scotland's Campaign for a Thousand Huts which takes place officially on June 15 in Edinburgh. This will promote "hutting" as a valuable and acceptable way of woodland living, working and learning. Here's some information from the organisers:
Hutting in Scotland has its roots in working class culture and has provided an affordable means for people from towns and cities to enjoy the countryside. With little money, hutters took out a small stake in marginal land to create a powerful symbol of freedom, enterprise and independence – building simple homes and shaping their own place, culture and community. The Carbeth hutters are best known and grew to prominence at the height of land reform in Scotland in the 1990s when their landlord sought to carry out a twentieth century clearance.

A further expansion of hutting could promote sustainable living, social benefits to disadvantaged groups, recreational opportunities, and a practical, sustainable and affordable form of housing, educational and adventure opportunities utilising practical woodland management and woodworking skills.
You can download electronic versions of several of the issue's articles from their site here including articles by Ben Law and, ahem, a nice review of the Shedworking book (which you can read here).
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