British couple’s sustainable success with permaculture

Gabrielle tends to the peas and haricots in the potager; Inset: toilet humour with an eco aim

The Connexion meets a hands-on couple in Brittany who have achieved permaculture success and improved biodiversity

Fifteen years ago Stuart and Gabrielle Anderson left an urban lifestyle in Brighton, Sussex and set off across the Channel to seek the good life by setting up a permaculture smallholding near to the village of St Maden, Côtes-d’Armor, Brittany.

They have a hectare of land where they grow herbs, vegetables, fruits and nuts, and have another 4.5 hectares of woodland.

Over the years they have had different livestock including pigs for ten years and at present have chickens, runner ducks, sheep and bees.

They also have two gîtes that they rent out, and are building their own eco-house.

You can buy Stuart’s book, in French, at boutique.terrevivante.org, priced €23.

They have become fully integrated in the local community, have recently acquired French nationality and Stuart Anderson has written a book, Splendeurs et Misères d’un Permaculteur published by Terre Vivante, in French.

It describes in an honest way the ups and downs of developing their smallholding, and in particular, what the term, permaculture means to him.

“Permaculture has been part of the English language since the 1980s but very ...

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