Creating an edible paradise by building houses from living trees using techniques such as arborsculpture and tree shaping. Houses that are located in the middle of a food forest: a forest with edible plants and fruits of shrubs and trees. This is the dream of Bob and Cathelijne. Together with their daughter, they live in a reconstructed recreational house, in which living trees have been incorporated. A very special way of living together with nature.
Their 'living' house is in a recreation area. It seems to be the only way to live in nature that fits perfectly Bob and Cathelijne's dream. For years, they have been looking for a field where they could build an eco-village of 'living' houses and create edible nature. They do not want to destroy an existing forest for housing, a vegetable garden and a food forest. It was not easy to find the ideal spot for their living village. But now they have the place.
Bob prefers to build with what he has at hand and without a blueprint. However, second-hand materials rarely have the prescribed size needed to comply with building codes and regulations. This is even more true for living trees in a house. Nevertheless, for Bob and Cathelijne this is the ultimate way of life. They are totally committed to it!
Bob and Cathelijne from The Living Village are not daunted by this. In all kinds of ways they raise money so they can build their future dream village. By organising a festival, by creating attention and awareness around building with 'living' nature via social media, by participating in television broadcasts and by giving workshops. They also create edible gardens with special sculptures on behalf of others. They hope to inspire others with their exceptional way of building and designing with nature. Also they hope to gain the confidence of the government that this way of building, designing and living with nature is possible.