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


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

Water-to-Go Bottle

In my bid to rid as many single use plastics as I can from my life one major cloak hanging over me has been ensuring I start using a multi-use water bottle, ridding any temptation from buying single use plastic bottles of water (other beverages available). An answer came this Christmas with one super present … Continue reading Water-to-Go Bottle

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