A couple of weeks ago we were visiting a good friend of ours, and staying over.  She offered to cook us dinner and we sat in her kitchen, chatting as she prepared the meal.  She peeled the carrots and then, to our horror, just shushed the carrot peelings in the rubbish bin.  It was a moment when we realised something very important.

She is keen on all the ideas behind “going green”, but she isn’t as passionate about it as we are.  She only has a very small garden, no compost heap, and plenty of other things that occupy her time.  She knows that there are a whole slew of things that she could do to “green up” her life, things that she probably should do.  But she’s a busy woman.  She has two teenage daughters, runs her own business, runs her own home.

It’s not that she doesn’t agree with green agendas, it’s just that her attention is elsewhere.  Now, if you’re very green, you might argue that these things are too important not to be at the top of everyone’s agenda.

But they aren’t, are they?  Just look at the number of people who vote green (or don’t, as the case may be).

People see being green as

  • Hard,
  • Expensive,
  • Boring.

Foldehampton exists to make being green:

  • Easy,
  • Highly Profitable,
  • Fun (or at least very pleasant!)

When you move to Foldehampton, the home that you move in to is already about as green as it can be: highly insulated, solar panels, heat recovery, low energy lighting, energy efficient appliances, etc.

We take all your waste, and we recycle it for you.  We help you share resources (each hamlet has it’s own laundry facility, using highly energy-efficient washing machines, that use hot water heated by energy produced in the village).

We have a farm at Foldehampton, that uses highly intelligent organic principles that produce incredibly healthy food at prices lower than the supermarket (and, in moving in to Foldehampton, you become a shareholder in that farm).

Foldehampton is designed to minimise the amount that you have to drive: we can do central ordering of household stuff, and arrange bulk delivery.

Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

At Foldehampton, all the green stuff is done for you: you can just live your life.  Of course, if you want to join in and help, then you’re more than welcome.  If you just want to sit back, eat the food and smell the flowers, and look at the view, that’s cool, too.