Hello, I’m Ben and welcome to thinkingcountry. I launched the blog in 2013 to explore agricultural and environmental issues, widen and challenge my perspective and to provide a platform for free thinking people to discuss rural affairs, but it has adapted over time to include a wide range of topics broadly connected to the countryside, conservation, farming and sustainability. Mental health has become a particularly important issue for me and I try to raise the profile of the subject, particularly through the use of the #FarmerMentalHealth hashtag on social media.
I am the son of an Essex coastal farmer and a landscape artist, both of whom heavily influenced my keen interest in the natural world and the people who live and work in the countryside. Although I have moved about quite a lot, living for periods of time in Norfolk, Bristol and the Cotwolds and traveling widely, the Essex marshes remain the landscape that has influenced me the most and it’s the place that I call home. The calls of Lapwing and Curlew and the great flocks of Dark Bellied Brent Geese visiting us every winter as well as the distinct remoteness of the marshes and mudflats, outside the reaches of development, define this environment.
I have previously worked for Essex Wildlife Trust and managed projects for the University of Bristol and the National Trust. I now divide my time between working for my family farm business and writing.
I have published work for The Guardian, Countrysquire Magazine, The Countryman, the Sustainable Food Trust, Rewilding Britain and New Nature Magazine, among others.
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