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Whatever the scale of your ambitions or plot you'll find something useful here.

Make your own

Reduce your footprint by making your own, from knitting to soap-making to adorning your home.

Livestock and pets

Find out about rearing livestock from the farm to the garden, and doing the best for your pets.

Energy efficiency and construction

Discover how to adapt, change and even build your own home to enable you to tread more lightly upon the planet.

Cooking, preserving and home brewing

From the home brewery to ambitions of chefly grandeur. Find out how to do it all here and really taste the difference.

Wild food

Subsidise the larder in a sustainable way. From fishing, to shooting, to foraging safely, find it among these articles.

Conservation and the environment

Conserve our world for future generations. See how you can help in these pages.


From shopping with a conscience to building your own enterprise. Find advice and encouragement among these pages.

Everything else

Sometimes the diversity of downsizing can throw up an unusual topic.


Past editorial items from the downsizer front page.

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Sometimes the diversity of downsizing can throw up an unusual topic.

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Sizing Digital Images
Boating for beginners
Shropshire Smallholders Group
The Downsizer Guide to Scrimping
A Good Life - Review
Dying without leaving a Will (intestate) - Who gets what?
Camping - an introductory guide
Review - A Life Stripped Bare
The midwinter feast
Dreaming of an Ethical Christmas
Big Green Gathering Ė A first-timers review
An A-Z of supermarket woes
Farmers Markets
Todmorden Market
Downsizer Local Shopping Week 2005
Quitting The Supermarket Habit
Hebden Bridge Market
Cycling - Load Carrying
Cycling - Benefits and Disadvantages
Don't pay the Ferryman! DIY funerals
The Bridge Between Modern Living and Downshifting Is Crossable
Food for thought for the downsizing homebuyer
Going West: An Immigration Story
Going Organic Isnít Just About Food
Real Christmas Spirit - Charity Fund instead of Christmas Cards
Mooncup Memoirs
Home Education Basics
Basic Guide to Safer Internet Use
First steps in finding out about downsizing
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