How to festival with a conscience: Glastonbury special

With its environmental credentials and the haven of the Green Fields, this week's Going Green blog comes direct from Glastonbury 2011.

There is a certain peace to Glastonbury’s Green Fields. A quiet and relaxed nirvana of overhanging trees, people-powered soundsystems and enough positive karma to get the whole of Odd Future into heaven.

It’s here that we wind through blooming flowers and sprouting herbs and stumble across the £300 House, a working model of affordable, environmentally-friendly living.

Sure, we’ve pushed the boat out here; this isn’t a blog about a solar-powered mobile phone charger or a reusable water bottle (though they have their merits). This is a long-term goal; one that will leave you with greener fingers than Monty Don.

£300 House

For starters, soil and old carpet make up the roof, but that’s not all. It also doubles up as a garden for growing food and flowers. It’s a healthier alternative to the Gingerbread house.

Straw bales, mud and plaster make up the walls and installation, while recycled telegraph poles (which cost £150, or so we’re told) hold the whole thing up.

If you’re thinking it sounds cold, you’re missing the wood-burning heater huddled in one corner with a table and chairs fashioned rather rustically out of logs and timber.

Who said it was difficult to get onto the property ladder, eh?