I am a member of a group of volunteers called Planting Up Whickham, set up to take over the maintenance of public flower beds and green areas Gateshead Council has stopped caring for in Whickham village. At the last meeting I agreed to do some work on the shrubbery behind the library, which was somewhat out of control. I did the work this afternoon and filled the land rover with branches and leaves. The goats had quite a feast! For the first time in a couple of years, the sign for the car park became visible! Before and after photos above and below.
Until 2009 I was working in London, UK, but I gave it up to pursue a life of self-sufficiency. My aim is to grow or forage for all my food, produce my own power and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. I left London to return to my home village of Sunniside, near Newcastle, in the North East of England. I have a couple of plots of land there as well as the garden of my house. Our village is a commuter area for Newcastle but we are surrounded by countryside which we use for picking wild foods. My mission in life is to show that it is possible to live well without destroying the planet in the process. I am also keen to ensure knowledge of historic recipes and cooking is kept alive. I regularly try out recipes from old cookbooks using the food we have grown. I make videos about our progress and about how to cook home-grown foods. These can be viewed on www.youtube.com/jonathanwallace.