Opening Doors to Shared Ownership in the Countryside

First-time buyers often perceive that properties in the countryside are only within reach of the very rich, and their only chance for affordable housing is to head to the city. Well, shared ownership could change all that. In recent years, the cry from those who have lived in rural areas is that they are often … Continue reading Opening Doors to Shared Ownership in the Countryside

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Does the Agriculture Bill actually mean anything?

Last week I visited Mark Hayward, a farmer in Suffolk who runs Dingley Dell Pork (watch this space for an upcoming podcast episode). I was particularly impressed by him and brother's drive and determination to improve the abundance of wildlife on their farm in real terms; ie not just engaging with Natural England led schemes but … Continue reading Does the Agriculture Bill actually mean anything?

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

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 18 – Matt Naylor

I've been conscious that Meet the Farmers has been somewhat south and east focused so far, so last week I set off on a road trip to south east Scotland (including the Highland Show), stopping off at farms along the way. On the first day I called by flower grower Matt Naylor's place in Lincolnshire. … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 18 – Matt Naylor

Making hay while the sun shines

Unless you have downloaded the Met Office app, set your alarm for 6.25pm to catch the evening weather forecast, own a weather station or simply keep one eye permanently fixed on the sky you cannot really call yourself a proper Brit. As a nation we are frankly obsessed with the weather. This is often called … Continue reading Making hay while the sun shines

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 16 – Gala Bailey-Barker at Plaw Hatch Farm

Gala Bailey-Barker is a first generation farmer who works at Plaw Hatch Farm, a biodynamic farm in Sussex. We spoke about biodynamics and organic farming, sheep worrying, getting started in agriculture if you are not from a farming background and IndieFarmer, an independent farming magazine (and much more!). You can follow Gala at @farmergala or … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 16 – Gala Bailey-Barker at Plaw Hatch Farm

This week in farming, conservation and the countryside (9th March 2018)

This is the first post of a brand new section on thinkingcountry. Each Friday I will focus on a few of the events and things of interest that have happened during the previous week in farming, conservation and the countryside. It is something that I have been meaning to do for a while, but haven't … Continue reading This week in farming, conservation and the countryside (9th March 2018)

Quick Report on Sentry Conference and general catch up post

Sunday afternoon has arrived and I've finally been able to sit down to settle into writing a blog post. I can't quite believe how quickly this winter has been ticking along and although I'm quite far through my list of winter tasks on the farm the end isn't quite in sight. Last week there was … Continue reading Quick Report on Sentry Conference and general catch up post

Photography in the Countryside (Rural Photography) – Guest post by Max Therry

Exploring the countryside can bring some truly fantastic photographic opportunities. Rural settings are bursting with life, natural features and an explosion of vibrant colour. If you enjoy photography, consider heading out into the great outdoors and letting the countryside inspire you! Whilst urban landscapes and cities provide uniformity and harsh lines; the countryside can provide … Continue reading Photography in the Countryside (Rural Photography) – Guest post by Max Therry