In a previous post I explored the proposed 'Charter for Trees, Woods and People' which is being put forward by several dozen conservation organisations, including the Woodland Trust. It is suggested that the new charter should be signed in 2017, to act in conjunction with the 800th anniversary of the signing of the first 'Charter of the … Continue reading From the ‘Charter of the Forest’ to the ‘Charter for Trees, Woods and People’
As I have often mentioned in previous blog posts my family farms low lying land on the Essex coast. It is a beautiful (if rapidly urbanising) part of the world but it certainly has it's challenges, one of which is ensuring the future viability of our 3 miles of sea walls. In 2010 the Environment … Continue reading Coastal Farming and Uncertain Futures
The herbicide Glyphosate has always been controversial and it is a key source of debate between agribusiness and the environmental lobby. However, the latest set of headlines have the potential to utterly transform food production in Europe. Glyphosate is a broad spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses and has … Continue reading A future without glyphosate: good for consumers and good for farmers?
Here is a link to a super article written by Harry Greenfield, joint coordinator of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology, for the Sustainable Food Trust blog. Greenfield addresses the issue that farmers make up an incredibly diverse community with multiple voices and anybody who writes about agriculture must remain aware of this diversity. The … Continue reading The Many Voices of Our Food Producers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH8Q8Ki9fCA Moving on (at least for the moment) from thinking about river and freshwater flooding I want to reflect on where we are heading in terms of coastal change, rise in sea levels and the impacts this will have on all of us, wherever we are geographically. Sea level rise is not and should not … Continue reading Rising Sea Levels and Changing Coastlines
Flooding is in the news again. However, this time it is flood prevention in the spotlight: advocation of tree planting to mitigate risk. The national conversation has come about as a result of the release of a study, commissioned by the Environment Agency and led by researchers from the Universities of Southampton and Birmingham. Put … Continue reading Reducing flooding impacts through increasing tree cover in river catchments
This report has been circling its way round the blogosphere and the farming community for the last month so there is a good chance you have already come across it. Nonetheless I thought it was worth flagging up again in the light of the open letter to the Times newspaper, published last Saturday, in which … Continue reading Farmers and Brexit
I have recently been having a number of conversations with others relating to the need to engage farmers and landowners with the rewilding debate. The rewilding campaign has, perhaps predictably, been led from within the conservation movement itself and has perhaps sidelined and isolated many of those who actually manage the majority of land - … Continue reading Rewilding: to subsidise or not to subsidise?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gE7qasjEOs From the intricacies of bird song to the pulsations of the amoeba and the long calls of the humpback whale, nature writer Richard Mabey joins Richard Holloway in this, the 2013 Longplayer conversation to explore a whole host of issues straddling the lines and connections between nature, philosophy, morality, science, literature and music. If … Continue reading Longplayer 2013: Reflections from Richard Mabey and Richard Holloway