How can I be involved?

The Manuals will keep evolving with ideas added and adapted from regular people and experts across the world. We’re seeking out the specialist knowledge of every amateur gardener, professional scientist, farmer or allotment-owner, aspiring builder and architect, houseplant-planter or animal-lover, young insect-hunter or adult birdwatcher, aquarium-keeper or artist.

The project is grounded in the belief that there is no bar of expertise that must be crossed before we can make a better society. Every person has ideas that can be developed through communal effort to produce ecologically informed and beautifully realised blueprints for a more natural world.

Andrew Merritt,
Something & Son
Matthew Ponsford,

This site and the book will act as an imperfect masterplan: we have a clear vision for the high-impact and influential new creations that Something & Son have already begun to develop in London and across the UK. But we acknowledge that mistakes happen, approaches must change, and our first steps will not be our final actions.

In building and adapting the blueprints contained in The Manuals, we hope you will be able to improve these plans and begin new projects.

For those of us who have launched this project, we have made the commitment to, if possible, dedicating the rest of our lives to developing this guide, ensuring that it continues to collect together the best knowledge for how we can build a new civilisation and drawing up instructions to help this project go further. This work, guiding us back to nature, will be on-going.