N.b This post was originally published in Countrysquire Magazine. With the signing of Article 50 imminent, land management subsidies will surely form at least part of the pre-Brexit debates. I have seen several articles published in the past few weeks in various papers, magazine and blogs discussing the concepts of both automation and universal basic … Continue reading Universal Basic Income a Farm Subsidy Solution?
There is an area of south Essex that I have always dreamed of visiting, a place so remote and with such transitory terrain that it seems impossible that the edges of London are just 30 miles away. Nonetheless, between the Rivers Crouch and Thames is situated a mysterious footpath, in my mind one of the … Continue reading Book Review: ‘The Old Ways’ by Robert Macfarlane
In this week's Farmers Weekly it is difficult to ignore their campaign to repeal the August hedge cutting ban. It seems that the furrows in the brows of contractors are getting deeper and two years after the ban was put in place they continue to call for its reversal. It is an issue that seems to … Continue reading Who will win the Hedge Cutting debate? Birds v Contractors
Those of you who are regular readers of the blog will know that a few months ago I profiled rural mental health, as part of a wider campaign to get people talking about the subject (#FarmerMentalHealth on twitter). I did this mainly to get the subject in the spotlight again after the conversation had dissipated … Continue reading Good to see #FarmerMentalHealth in the farming news again
I spent this weekend with friends on their farm in Wiltshire, planting trees and drinking proper west country scrumpy (resulting in quite a hangover on Sunday!). However, this is not the subject of my post, perhaps clear from the title. Fly tipping is at the forefront of my mind because of our journey to the … Continue reading The Great British Fly Tipping Problem
Luke HaseLuke Hasell farms beef cattle in the Chew Valley of North Somerset. I spoke to him in the farmhouse at Herons Green Farm about how he got into farming, about CSAs, regulation, pasture fed beef, conservation and much more. Luke wasn't always a farmer and originally trained as an engineer, working for Kier Group as … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ Episode 5. Luke Hasell and Herons Green Farm
Today, the second issue of New Nature Magazine was released. I strongly recommend you take a look. New Nature is a free e-magazine that was launched in January of this year and is written and edited entirely by young people. This fresh publication should be applauded and its quality is testimony to the dozens of young people … Continue reading New Nature Magazine
Before reading this book I knew very little of the life of TH White, acclaimed author of The Sword in the Stone (1938) and schoolmaster at Stowe for many years. He is a central character in Helen Macdonald's story, for he was a trainer of hawks, and published The Goshawk, with a mixed reception, in 1951. Macdonald read … Continue reading Book Review: ‘H is for Hawk’ by Helen Macdonald
Before I get too far in to writing this article I have a confession to make. I am not a golfer. I have never played golf. The closest I have come to doing so was at the age of six when I discovered a set of ancient clubs in the cellar of my childhood house … Continue reading Are golf courses an opportunity for conservation?