A Cabin in the Woods

I’ve been looking at putting up a log cabin in the woods this year, it seems like a really good idea, I can have a solar panel on the roof (provided there is an area where the sun can get through to power it of course) and/or a small wind turbine. This would give me enough power for a light and a fridge inside, this along with a small gas burner means I could spend time out there occasionally, without the need to keep heading off down the shops etc.

log cabinThere are several styles available, but the type I like most are the traditional looking ones, which appear to be made from proper logs, this painted with a Cuprinol type wood treatment, should mean that it would last a long time too.

I do need to look into the legalities of doing this, as planning may be required, but I suspect that because I’m looking at putting it on private land, and if I keep it under a certain size, I may avoid having to do this, which would make things much easier.

I also really like the idea of having those folding doors which open the whole side of a building up, they could probably be incorporated quite easily as either some kind of patio doors or bifolding doors, I’ve already had a look at some at a local showrooms and these guys have a picture on the front page of the kind of thing I’m after, albeit a bit more grand than I have in mind, but if I have the panoramic doorsones with wooden frames I should be able to make the doors blend in with the whole cabin. I just love the idea of completely opening the cabin up to the outdoors. If I think about the direction of the prevailing winds, I could even have it open when it’s raining.

The great thing about the location I have in mind is that I should be able to sit and watch quite a range of wildlife from here too, there is a Badgers set quite close by and there are foxes around the farm nearby and I dare say a range of deer in the area too.

I’ll update here as I find out a bit more about the implications of it regarding planning permission, how much the cabin will cost, if adding the panoramic doors is a viable option and how much all the little extras will be. Yes if you hadn’t guessed this is very much a price based decision.

Trading Standards

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Anglesey
Council Offices, Llangefni LL77 7TW
Tel: 01248 752840

Blaenau Gwent
Department of Environment and Development, Enterprise House, Rassau Industrial Estate, Ebbw Vale NP23 5SD
Tel: 01495 355059

Bridgend
Trading Standards Service, Civic Centre, Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 1LX
Tel: 01656 643278

Caerphilly
Civic Offices, Pontllanfraith, Blackwood NP22 2YW
Tel: 01495 235111

Cardiff
Trading Standards Department, County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff CF10 4UW
Tel: 029 2087 2059

Carmarthenshire
Public Protection, 3rd Floor, Ty Elwyn, Llanelli SA15 3AP
Tel: 01554 742303

Conwy
Public Protection Department, Civic Offices, Colwyn Bay LL29 8AR
Tel: 01492 575260

Denbighshire
Public Protection Department, Russell House, Churton Road, Rhyl, Denbighshire, LL18 3DP
Tel: 01824 706057

Flintshire
County Offices, PO Box 4, Flint CH6 5WS
Tel: 01352 703181

Gwynedd
Council Offices, Caernarfon LL55 1SH
Tel: 01286 672255

Merthyr Tydfil
Trading Standards Division, Civic Centre, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8AN
Tel: 01685 725021

Monmouthshire
Community Protection, County Hall, Cwmbran NP44 2XH
Tel: 0845 120 37 27

Newport
Trading Standards Office, Stephenson Street, Newport NP9 0RB
Tel: 01633 271127

Pembrokeshire
Housing and Regulatory Services, County Hall, Haverfordwest SA61 1TP
Tel: 01437 764551

Powys
Trading Standards Department, County Hall, Llandrindod Wells LD1 5LG
Tel: 01597 826031

Swansea
Environmental and Health Department, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE
01792 635600

Vale of Glamorgan
Regulatory Services, Civic Offices, Holton Road, Barry CF64 3RU
Tel: 01446 709105

Wrexham
Trading Standards Department, Ruthin Road, Wrexham LL13 7TY
01978 296060

GM Nation

A national debate on the environmental impact of GM crops and the safety of GM foods initiated by the government will run from now until the middle of July.
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From our latest posting on GM “Around 200 people attended the GM Nation? Public Debate held in Swansea on 5th June. Participants included academics and scientists, farmers (organic and non-organic), and environmentalists, however the vast majority were there as concerned consumers. Although a few potential benefits of GM were highlighted (eg. reduced use of pesticides), the overwhelming view was against the commercial growing of GM crops in the UK.

A variety of concerns were expressed, most of which centred on the perceived environmental impact of growing such crops on a wide scale. The threat to the bio-diversity of our countryside was a major worry for many people, there was a fear that once the genie had been let out of the bottle there would be no going back. Many believed that before any decision is made by the government more research is needed on the long term impact of GM on the environment and on human and animal health. There were also concerns over the dominance of a few large bio-technology companies and the apparent control they had on the whole industry. Others questioned the real need for growing GM crops in the UK. Several respondents felt we should be investing in more sustainable forms of food production. It was also suggested that if the UK remained GM free it would give added value to our agricultural exports.”

On a personal note I wonder what the impact of GM crops would be on our native honeybees, there are already many problems with the bees not surviving the winter and beekeepers finding the contents of the hives dead when they do their spring inspections, without a varied and healthy pollen flow surely our native honeybee will begin to suffer even more. perhaps swarms will become more common due to the sudden abundance of pollen causing the hive to fill quickly and the bees to swarm, followed by none at all, or worse perhaps we will create an environment where honeybees are affected by pests such as varroa even more.