Chris Packham and the Nature Friendly Farming Network

https://vimeo.com/281481593 I recently visited Martin Lines, UK Chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network. Martin invites large numbers of people to his farm each year to show them what he is doing to improve the state of nature on his farm. One of those guests was Chris Packham who organised a bioblitz to take place … Continue reading Chris Packham and the Nature Friendly Farming Network

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#FarmerHealth – Meeting Anna Groom of AEG Nutrition

Regular readers of this blog will notice that mental and physical health, particularly within the farming community are becoming fairly frequent subjects on Thinking Country. To continue the theme I recently visited Anna Groom, who is an HCPC Registered Dietician and Sports Dietician  from Suffolk. Alongside working for the NHS Anna runs AEG nutrition which … Continue reading #FarmerHealth – Meeting Anna Groom of AEG Nutrition

Did you know that we have a National Tree Champion?

I received an email yesterday asking ''are you available to speak to BBC Radio Essex tomorrow morning?'' ... 'it's about trees, and it'll be live'. I was in. Any opportunity to help profile the benefits of tree planting in the county. (for the record if you want to listen to this it'll be available for … Continue reading Did you know that we have a National Tree Champion?

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 29 – Martin Lines

Episode 29 of the Meet the Farmers podcast features Cambridgeshire arable farmer and UK Chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network, Martin Lines. We spoke at length about farming and conservation, the growth of the network and the work that Martin is doing on his own farm to improve the state of nature there. Also … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 29 – Martin Lines

Upcoming Big Farmland Bird Count + the EAT Lancet Report

Between the 8th and 17th February farmers, land managers and gamekeepers are being asked to participate in the 6th Big Farmland Bird Count by taking 30 minutes to count bird species on a particular location on their farm. This has become a critically important citizen scientific survey and the results help to give us a … Continue reading Upcoming Big Farmland Bird Count + the EAT Lancet Report

Sustainable Gardening: A Beginners Guide to Eco-Friendly Gardening – Guest Post by Bob Gorman

Growing plants in your garden is a great way to increase your positive environmental impact, but there are pitfalls to be wary of if you’re chasing good karma. Small, yet important things such as the types of plants you choose and the materials you use on your garden can make a big difference to the … Continue reading Sustainable Gardening: A Beginners Guide to Eco-Friendly Gardening – Guest Post by Bob Gorman

Talking Health and Wellbeing with Liz Earle MBE

Farming can be the best job in the world. However, sometimes it can also be one of the most stressful, especially at the moment with all the uncertainty relating to Brexit. The long hours, financial pressure, dealing with the weather and other unforeseeable events can take its toll. The press have taken hold of this … Continue reading Talking Health and Wellbeing with Liz Earle MBE

Meet the Farmers – episode 28 – ‘Searching for Common Ground at the Oxford Farming Conference and the Oxford Real Farming Conference’

Every January well over a thousand people gather in Oxford to talk all things connected to food and farming, at the Oxford Farming Conference and the Oxford Real Farming Conference. For the first time I attended both conferences in an attempt to search for common ground and to see whether delegates would be interested in … Continue reading Meet the Farmers – episode 28 – ‘Searching for Common Ground at the Oxford Farming Conference and the Oxford Real Farming Conference’