I am eternally optimistic that one day, everyone involved in the land sector will share my view that in order to bring about a thriving countryside, both economically and ecologically, farmers and conservationists need to come together in discussions as to how to manage rural Britain. We have a governmental department that supposedly seeks to … Continue reading Brexit: an opportunity for farmers and conservationists to unite?
Eighteen months ago Matt Williams and Lucy McRobert, from the youth conservation network A Focus On Nature, invited me to join a committee tasked with running a campaign getting young people to think about a 'vision for nature' for the next generation. This campaign has culminated in the publication of a report, released today, which … Continue reading Vision for Nature Report Published
In a recent article in the Huffington Post Ross Murray, President of the Country Land and Business Association, outlined some brief thoughts regarding a future British policy for 'Food, Farming and the Environment'. He called on Andrea Leadsom and Defra not to 'lose momentum' and to 'make an early commitment' to establish a new Food, … Continue reading What do we want from a British Food, Farming, Environment (and rural communities) Policy?
For the past ten days or so Dartmoor has claimed its very own 'Beast', and this time it isn't mythical, although 'beast' should really be the last word used to describe Flaviu, the lynx who broke free from Dartmoor Zoo just a few hours after having arrived there from Kent. There certainly doesn't seem to … Continue reading Where is Flaviu the runaway lynx?
As predicted, it's all change at Defra as former Conservative leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom takes the helm from Liz Truss, who has moved to Justice. Social media was full of opinion yesterday afternoon as the news spread and I must admit that I took part in the debate along with thousands of others. Some 'tweeters' pointed … Continue reading Leadsom takes over at Defra
It has been a messy few weeks in politics. That's for sure. The uncertainty that Brexit has brought about seems to have turned everything that we previously knew upside down and despite people like Tim Worstall remaining blindly optimistic about the future of food in this country (see especially his comments on a recent Food … Continue reading Changes ahead at DEFRA?
For the past couple of weeks the entire United Kingdom seems to have been stuck in a national anxiety complex. The uncertainty that Brexit has brought about has generated an unease of a kind that I certainly haven't experienced before and it's difficult to adjust to. Brexit, by its nature, broke the status quo and flipped … Continue reading Why we need to think positively in our uncertain world
I have spent the last few days back on my home patch, in north Essex, doing a whistle stop tour of visits to see family and friends before I return to the west country later today. I'm not often one to get homesick but when you return to the place where you grew up something … Continue reading Reflecting on Community and Environmental Change
The old saying 'a week is a long time in politics' has never rung quite so true as for the past week. This time last week the news that Britain was leaving the European Union was starting to sink in. There was jubilation from some and utter horror and shock from others. The short term … Continue reading Drawing ’20 Days Wild’ to a close