Farm Safety Week might have been last week, but it's important to make sure it remains in the spotlight. Farm Safety Week is an initiative originally launched back in 2013 to raise awareness of the fact that agriculture has the poorest record when it comes to workplace fatalities. The farming environment is full of risks … Continue reading Keep Farm Safety in the Spotlight
Today is the final day of the Royal Welsh Show. The Royal Welsh is one of the largest and best attended agricultural shows in the country. It runs for four days and is held at the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells. Around 250,000 people flock to the area to celebrate Welsh rural life, food … Continue reading My Day at the Royal Welsh
July's recipe from Thinkingcountry's resident seasonal recipe writer, Holly Betts, is for these delicious savoury scones. .......................................................................................................... July is in full swing and this month the recipe includes that most plentiful of veggies, the lovely courgette. Once the plant gets going the best thing is to pick the courgettes when they are small. It is … Continue reading Courgette and Cheddar Scones
Instead of making new year's resolutions this year I made a list of several things that I wanted to do or achieve during the course of the year. I won't bore you with all of them, but I'm steadily working my way through the list. Near the top was an ambition I've had for years: … Continue reading My First Red Squirrel (at long last)
Forty eight years ago, in July 1969, a conference was held at Silsoe Agricultural College in Bedfordshire. It was jointly organised by the RSPB, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), The Wildlife Trusts, the National Conservancy Council (now Natural England) and the Agricultural Development Advisory Service (ADAS), and it aimed to bring farmers and conservationists … Continue reading What was the Silsoe Conference and why should we remember it?
Beep, Beep, Beep, Beep. This was the sound that greeted us. Maldon's recycling centre was a hive of activity as we walked past; perhaps an unlikely gateway to one of Essex's hidden gems, but this is the juxtaposed reality of this oh so maligned of counties. Essex is a gloriously diverse county, and I am … Continue reading Northey Island
You may not have heard of it, but 'The Rural Coalition' recently published its 2017 statement, outlining the policy priorities and actions that it thinks will be required to sail rural communities through Brexit and beyond in a safe and secure (as opposed to strong and stable) manner. The Rural Coalition is exactly what it … Continue reading Rural Coalition Statement 2017
Not a usual post from me today I'm afraid but it is one that I quite simply have to write. I have received an email noting a critical mistake in my Naze Book - Pushed to the Edge: A History of the Naze and Walton Hall. On pp.110-113 I quote from the memoirs of AHB Franklin, … Continue reading Naze Book – mistake!
Unless you know me personally you have probably never heard of sea buckthorn, although you may have seen it growing on the coast. It has a bright orange berry and silvery green coloured leaves and it is renowned for its health benefits. It is far more popular in Europe, as well as in Russia and … Continue reading Sea Buckthorn
It might seem surprising that the former Senior Vice President at the Wildlife Conservation Society grew up without any animals and in her early career had actually been rather timid at handling certain species, but that was entirely the case for conservation expert Annette Libeskind Berkovits, author of this rather splendid memoir entitled Confession of … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator’ by Annette Libeskind Berkovits