It may come as a surprise to some of you to hear that Earthship Fife is no longer nestled into the hillside at Kinghorn Loch. After nearly 20 years of inspiring inspired thousands of visitors to live more lightly on the earth the Earthship was re-purposed in the summer of 2021.
It sat proud and deserving of the admiration it received for 2 decades, welcoming school children, families, home educators, students of colleges and universities from all over Scotland, the UK and even Europe. Architects, engineers, builders, designers have all had their curiosity piqued enough to venture up the grassy track from the Lochside.
And then in its 18th year, SCI had to make the tough decision to transform its beauty and usefulness into Projects of Hope – which stretched across Fife and beyond. When most people are asked what the Earthship gave them, from arrival to now, the young, old and in between, all say hope. Hope for a future that makes more sense, hope for the chance to follow our dreams and live more connected to the earth’s climate and resources.
We are deeply grateful for peoples’ care and interest in helping us to re-use our building, thank you. Knowing that it was being put to good use somewhere else made the deconstruction of it much more bearable.
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.
We are happy to see our yurt being recreated down South, making a new home for Alice and Benny. They reused most of the floor platform too, we love their commitment to reusing.
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 watch this space.