‘Meet the Farmers’- episode 21 – Royal Highland Show with Kelvin Pate

This episode was recorded back in June at the Royal Highland Show which I was visiting for the first time. I speak to Kelvin Pate, a farmer from near Gifford in East Lothian (Kelvin is also NFU Scotland's Lothian and Borders regional Chair) as well as Jamie Newbould from Scotland's Rural College and Michael Clarke from … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’- episode 21 – Royal Highland Show with Kelvin Pate

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Best Hiking Trails in Scotland – guest post by Paul McCormin

While there are numerous trails all over the world, Scotland, with its raw and scenic landscape, is one of the ideal places to hike as there are many different trails suitable for different types of hikers. Scotland constitutes over 800 islands with many beaches, pristine valleys, towering mountains and wild coastlines, so there are innumerable … Continue reading Best Hiking Trails in Scotland – guest post by Paul McCormin

Social media: a new farming story

I have an odd relationship with my social media accounts (for the record I use Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as well as WordPress). At times I will use all of them regularly, reaching out to people from all walks of life, engaging in conversations, 'liking' endless streams of posts and updating my 'story' with my … Continue reading Social media: a new farming story

Music, Art, Creativity and the Countryside

Countless great pieces of music and art are influenced by the natural world and rural landscapes. The works of Ralph Vaughan Williams for example, or Beethoven's 6th Symphony or Chopin's Raindrop Prelude are all influenced by the outdoors. Elgar was influenced by his beloved Malvern Hills, Benjamin Britten by the Suffolk coast and Holst the … Continue reading Music, Art, Creativity and the Countryside

Book Review: Food You Can Forage, by Tiffany Francis

N.b. This review was originally published in New Nature Magazine (June 2018 issue). Have you ever wondered what sweet cicely or bog myrtle taste like? If so then this book could be one for you. Beautifully illustrated and helpfully structured by habitat Food You Can Forage would sit well on the bookshelf or coffee table of … Continue reading Book Review: Food You Can Forage, by Tiffany Francis

4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Skid Steer Lifter

A skid steer lifter comes with various attachments that are used for different purposes. It can help eliminate manual labor and reduce the number of accidents in factories. No matter what attachment you are choosing such as the auger, bucket, blades, broom, grappler, mower, etc, the first thing that you should take into consideration is … Continue reading 4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Skid Steer Lifter

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 20 – Martyn Bergius

The third stop on my Scottish Borders road trip was to visit the Bergius family on their heavily diversified organic dairy farm near Galashiels. Their dairy herd consists of Swedish Reds, Montbeliards, Friesians and Danish breeds and they also keep a flock of Lleyn sheep, two large flocks of Columbian Black Tail chickens and make … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 20 – Martyn Bergius