Low Impact Sustainable Development
The Lammas EcoVillage Setting the Standard and Paving the Way for EcoVillage Development Globally
The definition, standards, and criteria that currently surround the emerging EcoVillage community model may be still be evolving but there is no shortage of experiments that groups all over the world are in the process of establishing.
Among all these one community in Wales stands apart in ways that when looked back upon historically will be seen for being what allowed this new sustainable community model to gain acceptance world wide - the Lammas EcoVillage.
The United Kingdom has some of the strictest land use and building codes in the developed world. While giving presentations about Lammas in California, U.S. the reality of the UK's population density has been conveyed as follows:
The UK has roughly a population of 77 million people on a land mass that could fit in Northern California. The entire state of California has 33 million people. California would have to double its population and shove everyone up into Northern California to be able to imagine the conditions in the UK and begin to understand why the development of sustainable communities is so absolutely necessary.
Zoning laws and building codes have always presented the biggest challenge to EcoVillage development and Paul Wimbush and the Lammas families committed to and succeeded in getting the planning departments to approve their EcoVillage project from the ground up.
Below are videos that were created that tell the inspiring story of Lammas.