Couple seek land partnership for eco project

Stuart Livings, his partner Sophie and their dog Mouse.

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An Ardchattan couple looking to start up their own replanting project are asking local landowners to help them realise their dream of living an eco friendly and sustainable life.

Stuart Livings and his partner Sophie currently live near Benderloch, along with their dog Mouse, in a vintage Mercedes motor home. Having enjoyed living ‘off grid’ for several years, the pair are now looking to form a partnership which would allow them a small area of land that they can begin planting trees.

‘We are both old fashioned hard workers with a real concern for the environment, but unfortunately we are not of a generation that has been able to acquire any space to do anything about it,’ explained Stuart.

‘We want to make a difference for the environment but feel powerless as the space to do so is either unavailable or it is simply unaffordable.

‘With the help of landowners we would like to make an arrangement that would benefit us all.’

Stuart currently runs his own community interest company called Woodhism that aims to work with the community to organise and oversee natural build projects and general forestry-related work and activities, while Sophie works at the Caledonian oyster farm near Benderloch.

The pair claim to be self sufficient enough to move onto any suitable piece of land for planting and don’t require a water supply, electricity or gas. Space for their caravan and vehicle and an area to grow vegetables and construct a wood store and composting toilet is all they need.

Stuart and Sophie would be happy to discuss the rebuilding or restoration of a dilapidated building to use as a small green workshop.

By working together we feel we can really make a difference and be part of the movement that is positive change,’ added Stuart.

‘Unfortunately for our generation land is just not so affordable or easy to come by. We are open to any discussions and ideas on how we can find a place to settle and do some good for the local area.

‘We feel it is our duty now to act as waiting for government and councils that are too preoccupied is no longer an option, it’s up to common folk and consumers to make the right informed choices and actions, every little act counts now.’

Any one interested in helping Stuart and Sophie with their project can contact them on 07900 690862.