James' Diary by James Strawbridge

PUBLISHED: 14:03 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 08:26 28 March 2014

James Strawbridge, co-presenter of TV show It's Not Easy Being Green, tells us about his good life

James StrawbridgeJames Strawbridge, co-presenter of TV show It's Not Easy Being Green, tells us about his good life


Jobs for January

James looks ahead to the start of a new year MORE

Living a seasonal, sustainable lifestyle

In the summer of 2005 my family decided to move from a semi-detached house in Worcestershire to a smallholding in Cornwall. Over the following months I will be writing a diary about what it is like living a seasonal and sustainable lifestyle; including all sorts of information about the technology we use, the challenges, the success stories and the fun to be had along the way. MORE


A Vine effort

Sustainable living is not the same as self sufficiency. Self sufficiency conjures images of ‘The Good Life’ and John Seymour’s established classic; it suggests growing everything you need and becoming a self supplying homestead. Yet, despite the famous song lyrics “I am a rock, I am an island”, I believe that there are serious flaws to the idea of living on a smallholding-island in a community and mainstream society. Plus, let’s face it, it can get a bit lonely! MORE

Going Greener

James Strawbridge,  from TV's It’s Not Easy Being Green, describes how solar power is used on New House Farm MORE


At home with a  DOME

Geodesic domes, like the iconic ones at the Eden Project in Cornwall, are not a new technology, but have actually been around since the beginning of the 20th century. Based on the study and measurement of the earth, the structures provide lots of passive solar energy and a strong shape with far less materials needed than traditional gravity-based building design. MORE

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