For those who both care for the environment and like their house to be bright and light-filled, the question isn’t ‘should I switch to LED light bulbs?’, but rather, ‘how soon can I make the change?’ Perhaps you have just moved to a new house or you are thinking of ways to lower your carbon … Continue reading Why you should switch to LED light bulbs – Guest post by Jackie Edwards
Farming or land manager readers among you will probably scoff at the title of this post but for many of the population being able to spend any considerable time in the outdoors seems to be a real struggle. Computer or desk based jobs are often blamed along with the age-old 'I've got too much going … Continue reading Can you get outside for one hour every day in November?
It's five o clock in the afternoon and already dark - let the long winter evenings begin! Part of me struggles to understand why we continue with this strange phenomenon of shifting between Greenwich Mean Time and British Summer Time, but it's one of the few remaining certainties that remain in what have become increasingly … Continue reading All change with the times
We kept our heads down as we battled the wind on our way up to Stone Point, albeit occasionally stopping to gaze through binoculars at passing curlew or oystercatcher in flight or little sanderling running about on the beachline, joined in their never-ending task by chestnutty turnstone. The walk to the Stone is one that … Continue reading Little auk at the Naze (wild Essex)
I'm very excited to be publishing Holly's seasonal recipe for October. When I made this particular dish a few days ago I added lots of blue cheese, but I'd advise there's no need to add it if you don't like it. This recipe works just as well if you use a different cheese. Enjoy it! … Continue reading Blue cheese and squash pasta bake with mushrooms and kale
Today I began the first of what will be many bramble bashing (or should that be obliterating) sessions throughout the autumn/winter as I try to get on top of the scrub encroaching on some of the farm's stewardship plots. The sky seemed to be missing today, a great grey and white canvas only intermittently marked … Continue reading Autumn
Bloggers can become slightly obsessed by statistics. For me they help to give you an idea of the kinds of topics that readers are interested in and it's always nice to know that more people are reading your work, but it stops at that. However, something I have found of great interest by looking at … Continue reading Why such interest in the soil?
In a recent policy document the NFU has suggested that continuing direct payments (at least in the short-term) in a new British Agricultural Policy will be crucial to help farm businesses deal with volatility. Before I read the report I must admit that I had become convinced that withdrawing as much support as possible is … Continue reading How crucial are direct payments for farmers?
For this episode I visited Fiona Provan, who runs the Calf at Foot Dairy in Suffolk, a 'pioneering microdairy founded on the belief that cows should keep their calves until their natural weaning age'. N.b this episode contains language that may be offensive to some.
The UK’s imminent departure from the EU poses many challenges for farmers, food producers and processors. Not least amongst these is the need to ensure the continued high standards of animal welfare and meat processing so consumers can have confidence in the quality of the food in our shops. With the potential increase in risk … Continue reading Data sharing is vital to maintain animal welfare standards post-Brexit – Guest Post by Martin Coates