Some of you will already have heard our news, and for some, this will come as a surprise.
After a long hard year of discernment we have decided it is time for our charity to leave Craigencalt Farm and the shores of Kinghorn Loch. We didn’t want to leave the Earthship behind for fear of it not being well cared for. Rather, we decided to create Projects of Hope and decommission the building. We will document the process for research purposes, including the condition of the tyre walls after 20 years of burial.
SCI continues to work as a grass roots charity, focusing this year on our nature connection work, working with children and young adults. We will also continue to be the “Earthship folk” through our website – providing information and inspiration for anyone interested in the Earthship concept.
We are delighted to report that we estimate we have re-homed somewhere between 80-90% of the building, although that is a hard thing to quantify!
What we can say with certainty is that we only had 1 eight cubic yard skip of waste – made up mainly of scraps of liners, membranes, and the like. In addition to the 1 skip we took a small trailer load of metal to the scrapyard but it was too light to weigh in, in other words because it was mostly pieces of chicken wire that we used when required for plastering situations, it was very light.
We were over the moon to re-home all the tyres – 100 of them went to a small farm where the owner is developing a community food project, a few went to build a retaining wall for some of our volunteers, other volunteers took them to grow food in, and the bulk that was left (approximately 500) went to build retaining walls for a sustainable glamping project where the owners are demonstrating as much reused materials as possible. Our very special tyre, called Ted, has been re-settled in a local house in Burntisland, we believe he too is going to have food planted in him.
There will be more detail on the re-using of the Earthship in our Deconstruction Report, which we hope will be ready in a couple of months time. Please check our website.