Can You Help The Environment With The Way You Pay?

When we think about sustainability and how to help the environment, how we pay for things isn’t usually a topic that comes to mind. Traditional payment methods are so deeply ingrained in our society that most of us never give them a second thought, let alone consider environmental ramifications or possible alternatives. Furthermore, it’s certainly … Continue reading Can You Help The Environment With The Way You Pay?

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The Myth of England

To me, England is the country, and the country is England. And when I ask myself what I mean by England, when I think of England when I am abroad, England comes to me though my various senses – through the ear, through the eye and through certain imperishable scents. .The sounds of England, the … Continue reading The Myth of England

Ecotourism – is it helping? – Guest Post by John Stuart

The Earth’s demise has been predicted by hundreds of different cultures through the ages. But we don’t know when or how it’ll end. We do know, however, that every day, the Earth’s lifespan is lowered by the people that inhabit it. The changes are happening all around us but none are feeling the strain more … Continue reading Ecotourism – is it helping? – Guest Post by John Stuart

One fifth of English farms have disappeared in past 10 years

England's green and pleasant land: a patchwork quilt of green and gold fields with quaint little villages nestled in between and ancient farms run by families who have worked the land for generations. Is this a true perspective of the English countryside? You and I know that this rose-tinted view is not the reality, nor … Continue reading One fifth of English farms have disappeared in past 10 years

Rural Coalition Statement 2017

You may not have heard of it, but 'The Rural Coalition' recently published its 2017 statement, outlining the policy priorities and actions that it thinks will be required to sail rural communities through Brexit and beyond in a safe and secure (as opposed to strong and stable) manner. The Rural Coalition is exactly what it … Continue reading Rural Coalition Statement 2017

African Continent Faces the ArmyWorm

Whenever there is news reported about Africa in the west it tends to be bad news. I therefore don't really relish writing this article. I'm following the trend. However, what amazes me is that apart from an article in the FT and in The Independent the mainstream media [I accept that the Ugandan Independent isn't 'mainstream' in … Continue reading African Continent Faces the ArmyWorm

Question Time last night: ‘Britain after Brexit’

I am a regular watcher of the BBC's Question Time, although I should probably stay away for the sake of my blood pressure. Yesterday evening a special 'Britain after Brexit' episode was broadcast, during which an audience which was divided as the country was at the referendum (roughly 52:48) posed questions to a panel composed of … Continue reading Question Time last night: ‘Britain after Brexit’

Brexit: An opportunity to change how we support food, farming and nature – Guest Post by Miles King

Caption: Should a future farm support scheme subsidise bioenergy crops? ©Miles King It’s finally 2017, and we can say goodbye to 2016 – what a year that was. Many may celebrate a new dawn breaking for Britain (or England anyway), while others will be very worried about future prospects for their families, businesses and our … Continue reading Brexit: An opportunity to change how we support food, farming and nature – Guest Post by Miles King

Brexit and the OECD challenge to subsidies

Every year the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) releases an 'Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Report' which looks at and assesses the various agricultural policies of the 35 OECD nations around the world, as well as 15 'selected partner economies'. The 2016 version was released back in June, but BBC Farming Today brought … Continue reading Brexit and the OECD challenge to subsidies

Housing, Neighbourhood Planning and Compulsory Purchase

Legalities regarding planning and compulsory purchase don't usually inspire a will to read on, but bear with me, as planning can fundamentally affect our lives, our communities and the countryside and any changes to it are worth taking note of. A couple of weeks ago, on 10th October, the Neighbourhood Planning Bill received its second reading … Continue reading Housing, Neighbourhood Planning and Compulsory Purchase