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The Gillage Foundation
I started fishing at around four years old , in the sea, rivers and lakes of Britain. This gave me an understanding of natural surroundings from the woodlands, fields, beaches, sand dunes and tidal areas we had to walk to, to get to our fishing spot. I now understand what I saw as a child and how I learned to appreciate these things, as eco-systems. These systems are now under threat from many angles and we need to now man make additional ' Facilities ' for these systems to survive. A manufacturing , design lead creative architectural and science based approach should now be implemented for the essential survival of our local flora and fauna. The Gillage Foundation hopes to facilitate the above necessary approaches to the problems faced from pollution, over fishing, destruction of natural habitats by construction and local effects of global warming and species migration.
By building a series of off shore reefs within a mile of the coastland and creating non-commercial fishing zones within this mile and also between the numerous offshore wind farms we can bring the fish stocks back to how they were when I was a child. I was so impressed by the catches we took as children and into my adult years that eventually this helped to forge my skills as a chef. Our country built it's navy from seafaring skills learnt from our extensive fishing flotilla. As an island that's seas are enriched from Southern Gulf warming and from Artic cold flows our fish stocks were for many hundreds of years the best in the world. Now we have for the first time ever a ban on taking a Bass home to eat. Commercial fisherman can still take these fish from our waters yet individuals cannot take one home. We should all as our right be able to go fishing with our family and catch our tea. The Gillage Foundation plans to build and install cabins along our coast line near to these reefs. These cabins will host meetings, teaching for adults and children, and environmental awareness. These meetings and educational processes will be designed so that an understanding of what lies below the surface should be firstly understood and then respected and protected. Posters with pictures and descriptions of rock pool life will adorn the walls and nets and buckets will be available for children for pool dipping.
A small kitchen will also be fitted to each cabin and each day a fish soup or stew will be available for guests to eat. This will be made from the fish that local commercial fishermen cannot easily sell at market yet is caught with the more sellable items. Also hobby fishermen may bring their catch to the cabin and have it prepared for them for lunch or dinner. A charge of " Gillage " will be payable for this preparation. We hope that these cabins can be staffed by people that have lost their livelihoods by the cuts to our fishing fleet. This is just the start of a larger programme of education and water resource awareness that StudioGreen is pioneering in collaboration with Ongéan Environmental Design Lab. Look out for more information here and on a new webpage: TheGillageFoundation.org , in construction.
The Great British Forest
Ride a horse, cycle , walk or possibly use a personal electric transporter to take you from one end of the UK to the other through a protected woodland corridor. This Green route will link up and connect the existing large forests and woodlands of the UK . By utilising the existing railway embankments and routes, greening the new rail links with accessible paths and by the possible permission of private land owners and farmers this green route could be possible. Asking school children to collect thousands of tree seeds from acorns, conkers and beech nuts etc and then getting them to grow them initially at home on their window sills, a personal and unique approach to this forest could be created. Trees, copses and small woodlands could be dedicated to individuals as memorial sites with local pubs, schools and churches creating fund raising ventures to buy woodland areas that are currently for sale. This route would give a much needed boost to rural communities who's economy has faded due to the centralisation of population and by the purchase of rich individuals second homes in the countryside. The wildlife of the UK will also see an increase in numbers with everything from insects, reptiles, predatory birds to mammals of all sizes. Please look out for the webpage: TheGreatBritishForest.org , coming soon.
Windows to The World Doors to Life
Parts of the Park Mews project has been refurbishing and refitting interiors using dumped doors and windows. One of the arches at StudioGreen’s base has been turned into a workable creative room that was previously open to the elements. This room will be used as an example to show how spaces and buildings can be created with just a few essential components and by taking this process to disaster zones and humanitarian crisis areas. Temporary or even permanent accommodation can be created with building site and development waste. In conjunction with Ongéan and TheLondonMine this social project will be launched towards the end of the year. We currently have on site many windows and doors and we have access to hundreds if not thousands more, with offers flooding in since Ongéan's waste consultation stand at Ecobuild 2018. We now have connections with many waste transfer stations, development sites, including governmental, private and the collective input from individuals. These can be processed and shipped at low cost to areas of the world that need them. We soon hope to have examples of these buildings on show at Park Mews and recently we built a temporary pavilion for The London Festival of Architecture using a design that can be adapted for these type of projects.
More to follow soon ....