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?
Lauriston Farm is a 210 acre biodynamic farm on the Essex coast, not far from Maldon. Quite recently the farm's director, Spencer Christy, decided to reach out to the local community and make the farm community owned. Spencer has a background in environmental science and we spent a good deal of time talking about farming … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 32 – Spencer Christy
The Oxford dictionary defines ecosystem as a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment. For millennia humans lived as a part of the natural ecosystem when they hunted and gathered, eventually settling into an agrarian lifestyle which was in harmony with nature. Over the last few centuries, urbanization has divided the landscapes into … Continue reading Getting Kids Involved in Their Ecosystem – Guest post by Sophia Sanchez
Even if you’re running an online business, it will still have a carbon footprint. The good part is the fact that there’s always something you can do about it, even if it’s just switching to green hosting instead of using regular servers. In other industries, nonetheless, things aren’t nearly that simple. Here, you have many … Continue reading Tips to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Business – Guest post by Emma Joyce
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?
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
In January I'll be heading to the Oxford Real Farming Conference and the Oxford Farming Conference. For the first time I'll be bringing you Meet the Farmers podcast episodes from both conferences, which I am very excited for. It's going to be a logistical challenge working out in which venue to be at which time … Continue reading Michael Gove to attend the Oxford Real Farming Conference
The Carbon Farmer presents a vision for UK Peatland conservation, agriculture and climate action. Before reading on you may wish to view the film itself (it's only just over 7 minutes long). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAPGQ1wEJ08&t=2s I was privileged to be involved in this project (in a very small way) from the start, speaking to the film's producer, … Continue reading New film: ‘The Carbon Farmer’
Fashion trends come and go, and the rise of online shopping has led to more clothes in our wardrobe than we could ever wear. This has become a big thing in the UK, as we buy more new clothes than any other European nation, according to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee. Needless to … Continue reading The Push for Sustainable Clothing by Thomas Crabbe
Working on a mixed farm with a mosaic of arable cropping, tussocky grassland, marshland and hay meadows I am lucky to be able to see a wide variety of species, although I would love for wildlife abundance to be still greater, a difficult prospect when wildlife is under threat from so many angles. Hares have … Continue reading The Hare, why I love it and why we might lose it