The Thinkingcountry Countryside Review of 2017

2017 has been another busy and momentous year. The Brexit referendum seems a very long time ago now, way back in 2016, but the events of 2017 have certainly fallen within its shadow. This post looks back on some of the big events of this year, mostly within a countryside context, as well as reflecting … Continue reading The Thinkingcountry Countryside Review of 2017

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5 Ways Farms Can Save Water During a Drought

This is a guest post written by freelance writer Maria Reyes.  Water supply is perhaps one of the most crucial elements in ensuring a successful harvest. To help guarantee the maximum growth of the plants while conserving this precious resource, it’s imperative to deliver just the right amount of water to crops at the right … Continue reading 5 Ways Farms Can Save Water During a Drought

Do you have 2 minutes?

I know it's Christmas and (assuming you celebrate Christmas) you're probably, quite rightly, spending your time having a great time with family and friends, giving and receiving gifts and generally being merry. However, please give a thought to the amount of plastic you are generating at the same time. Since Blue Planet 2 I have … Continue reading Do you have 2 minutes?

The Story of the Christmas Tree

In years gone by our family's Christmas tree would be bought, put up and decorated on Christmas Eve. There would be a near panic dash around the local area looking for a suitable tree amongst those that were still available. It would then be rushed back to the house and quickly raised before the lights, … Continue reading The Story of the Christmas Tree

Countryside Stewardship Application Accepted!

It was with great relief when I opened the envelope from Natural England and read that the farm's application for a new higher tier countryside stewardship scheme has been successful. It will begin in January next year and go through until December 2022. For our farm, conservation management is not only important for the wildlife … Continue reading Countryside Stewardship Application Accepted!

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 11 – Tom Martin

Tom Martin returned to his family's farm in Cambridgeshire a few years ago after several years working in various different industries. As well as managing the arable side of things on the farm he's now active in a range of farming linked organisations, including the NFU, CLA, LEAF and East of England Agricultural Society. Recently … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 11 – Tom Martin

5 ways to be more eco-friendly when you travel – Guest post by Craig Scott

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn't stop when you go on vacation (or holiday if you're British!). However, not many people know how to travel sustainably. Plus, with the millions of people that travel every day, it’s easy to forget about reducing your carbon emissions. To help you maintain your pact of going green and reduce … Continue reading 5 ways to be more eco-friendly when you travel – Guest post by Craig Scott

Blue Planet 2: The Unique Marketing Opportunity for Nature

Yesterday evening I scanned my twitter feed with a smile on my face as I read through the hundreds, probably thousands of tweets in response to the final episode of the BBC's  Blue Planet 2. https://twitter.com/Amelia_Womack/status/939987884043628544 https://twitter.com/jonoread/status/939955913141706753 https://twitter.com/stephenfry/status/939955382822232064 https://twitter.com/Helbell13/status/939966318538870786 https://twitter.com/davetherave_23/status/939959963463700480 It seemed that in a single evening the BBC had managed to engage more people … Continue reading Blue Planet 2: The Unique Marketing Opportunity for Nature

10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save on energy bills

It's a cliche but it's also true that it's not always easy being green. However, if you get into a routine, so that it becomes your new normal, there are some very simple things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and save on bills. I was recently forwarded this infographic which summarises 10 … Continue reading 10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save on energy bills