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Help Rebuild a Dream

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Raised by 150 people in 3 months
Created March 1, 2018
My daughter, Fran is the strongest, most intrepid, free spirited woman I know. She has always known her own mind and from a small child, has stubbornly stuck to it. She is warm hearted, generous and caring  and would give you the coat off her back if you needed it. She is an artistically talented vegan with skills in holistic therapies, energy medicine and restoring and up-cycling things. She has always had a dream of building a home on her own patch of land and living a carbon neutral life - off-grid.


She was lucky enough to meet a man, who shared her dreams and had the skills to help to make it come true.  Over the past 8 years, Fran and Nick built an extraordinary house made of trees felled from 9 acres bought from the Woodland Trust in Glydyfrdwr near Llangollen.  It was lovingly fashioned, a lofty 2 storey, multi-spaced testament to their skills, imagination and immense tenacity in the face of the testing elements of North Wales’ winters and the demands of 3 children.

It had solar power, wood burning stoves, water piped from the stream, a bicycle powered washing machine, a dog and 3 goldfish. It was home to my beautiful grandchildren, two girls and a boy: Uisge, 12, Orrin 8 and Zephyr 6, who have lived a life of many children’s dreams, running wild and free in their woods.


At lunchtime on Sunday 25th February this superhuman effort of human endeavour was reduced to a pile of blackened ash on a large patch of scorched earth.  A small chimney fire grew to an inferno and whilst they did their best to extinguish it – all they could do was get the kids and the dog out, retreat and watch, everything they’d built and gathered over their lifetimes, go up in smoke.



She is thankful that the fire didn’t start in the dead of night.  It’s unlikely any of them would have survived. We all feel lucky that they managed to escape.  They live an alternative lifestyle without the luxuries we take for granted, including insurance and it’s unlikely they could have secured it.  They are lucky that they have a core of generous, resourceful friends and family who have rallied in the immediate aftermath.  They are now staying with Nick’s mum in Leeds.

After such a traumatic experience most people would upsticks and buy a ‘proper’ house.  But Fran and Nick are not like most people. They are determined to return and build another dream house, only better.  Using different, less flammable materials, but on the same carbon neutral principles. 

Please help them start again.  They lost everything:  clothes, toys, books, furniture and tools, tools and more tools.  It takes a lot of tools to build your own house from scratch.
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In just 25 days, thanks to generous support from 143 wonderful people we have reached over a fifth of our target. Thank you all. Larry and I made a contribution of buying them a 7.5 ton horse lorry from the Summons family in Milford Haven, which came with a double mattress and a sofa instead of a horse, to give them a warm dry place to stay in the forest. Big thanks to Robbie and Debbie who left Milford at 5am to meet me in Pont Abraham Services last Saturday morning, then it took me 5 terrifying hours to drive it up to Glyndyfrydwr, where Tom the Titan took over to drive it over the little bridge and down the track. Just before the snow set in again. Phew! They moved in on Tuesday. It needs some work to make it comfortable for the five of them but they are hugely relieved to be back 'home' and on site, whilst they begin to plan their non-combustible new home...hempcrete and cob seem to be the way forward.
They have received many welcome donations of clothes, books, toys, tools, bedding, bikes. Again..Thank you.

Now we hope to boost the cash donations to help buy materials for the rebuild - so please, please share this to get us closer to the target. Every little helps. Denise :-)
Fran & Nick
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We cannot begin to thank those who have donated enough, we are hugely grateful. Fran and Nick have been back to the wood to recce and make plans. It was distressing to pick through the ashes of their lives. We have received lots of donations of clothes, toys, bedding, kitchen stuff, tools etc, tools are probably the biggest hole in their lives. All very welcome. Meantime, please share our Phoenix Project with your networks...every little helps to buy something valuable to help rebuild and restock their new home. Thank you again to all those who have supported Fran and the Tree Tribe
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Raised by 150 people in 3 months
Created March 1, 2018
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