project van reference library


Project Caravan reading space / reference library

local interest:



The motto of the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies is ‘Gather up the fragments that are left that nothing be lost’. With this in mind the St Gerrans & Porthscatho Old Cornwall Society decided to record the wells, shutes and springs of the parish. These were, until quite recently, the sole source of water for domestic purposes.

The result is a beautifully produced booklet with photos old and new, illustrations and maps and a comprehensive description of how important these natural water sources were – and which ones still remain.

Edited and compiled by Hilary Thompson, the booklet was produced with the help of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership’s Sustainable Development Fund.


Gerrans and Portscatho Old Cornwall Society publication 1997 (more info here)


Portscatho: Portrait of a Cornish Art Colony by Chris Insoll, Devon Books 2006

Since the foundation of the Portscatho Society of Artists in 1984, followed by the opening of the gallery and studio associated with their work, the number and variety of artists frequenting this small Cornish fishing village can quite properly be described as an art colony. This work features over 150 paintings and photographs, including the work of Lynn Godden, Chris Insoll, Trevor Felcey, Grace Gardner, Michael Stone and many other artists. It also contains a Foreword by Brian Stewart, Curator of Falmouth Art Gallery.

The Roseland: Between River and Sea by Laurence O’Toole, Lodenek Press 1978

growing things:

Gardening Under Plastic: How to Use Fleece, Films, Cloches and Polytunnels by Bernard Salt, Batsford Ltd 2001

Organic Gardening: The Natural No-dig WayCharles Dowding, Green Books; 1st edition 2007

Salad Leaves for All Seasons: Organic Growing from Pot to Plot Charles Dowding, Green Books 2008

Allotment Gardening: An Organic Guide for Beginners Susan Berger, Green Books 2005

Growing Fruit and Vegetables on a Bed System the Organic Way Pauline Pears, Search Press Ltd 2004

Create Compost: Green Essentials – Organic Guides Pauline Pears, Impact Publishing Ltd 2007

The Wildlife Garden Month-by-month by Jackie Bennett and Richard Hanson, David & Charles PLC, 1997

Kitchen Garden: An Historical Guide to Traditional Crops by David C. Stuart, Robert Hale Ltd 1984

Permaculture in a Nutshell Patrick Whitefield, Permanent Publications; 2 edition 1993

Getting Started in Permaculture: 54 Projects for Home and Garden Ross and Jenny Mars, Permanent Publications; 2 edition 2006

The Permaculture Garden Graham Bell, Permanent Publications; 2 edition 2004

off grid:

How to Live Off-grid by Rosen, Nick Bantam Books 2008

Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power: A Do It Yourself Guide: by Michael Danek, Permanent Publications; 1 edition 2007

wild food:


Wild Food: Foraging for Food in the Wild Jane Eastoe in collaboration with The National Trust, Anova 2008

The Easy Wild Food Guide by Neil Fletcher, Aurum Press Ltd 2007

Food for Free Richard Mabey, Collins, 2004

construction / how to stuff:

Lost Crafts by Una McGovern, Chambers Harrap, London. 2009

Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter by Lloyd Kahn, Shelter Publications Inc.,U.S.  2004

romany lifestyle:

Beneath the Blue Sky by Dominic Reeve, Five Leaves Publications; 2007

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