Our Place in Time and the Subtleties of Changing Landscapes

Bordering the north eastern most part of our farm at Walton Hall, Walton-on-the-Naze lies an area of low lying land, owned by the District Council and protected from regular flooding by the natural, rapidly eroding cliff. This small section of eroding cliff face also protects a water treatment works which serves thousands of local people,Continue reading “Our Place in Time and the Subtleties of Changing Landscapes”

An exploration of two contrasting landscapes: Exmoor and the Essex Marsh

Last Wednesday I visited the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate on the northern edge of Exmoor.  From moorland to woodland and fertile farmland to shingle beaches, Holnicote provides a canvas of immense diversity of both landscape and character.  As I sat having my lunch overlooking the Bristol Channel I thought about the links this place has had with otherContinue reading “An exploration of two contrasting landscapes: Exmoor and the Essex Marsh”

From the ‘Charter of the Forest’ to the ‘Charter for Trees, Woods and People’

In a previous post I explored the proposed ‘Charter for Trees, Woods and People‘ which is being put forward by several dozen conservation organisations, including the Woodland Trust. It is suggested that the new charter should be signed in 2017, to act in conjunction with the 800th anniversary of the signing of the first ‘Charter of theContinue reading “From the ‘Charter of the Forest’ to the ‘Charter for Trees, Woods and People’”

Rewilding: to subsidise or not to subsidise?

I have recently been having a number of conversations with others relating to the need to engage farmers and landowners with the rewilding debate. The rewilding campaign has, perhaps predictably, been led from within the conservation movement itself and has perhaps sidelined and isolated many of those who actually manage the majority of land –Continue reading “Rewilding: to subsidise or not to subsidise?”

The Charter for Trees, Woods and People

The Woodland Trust along with 48 other organisations are calling for a new national charter for trees to be signed in 2017, the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest, signed in 1217 by Henry III. Due to be launched in November 2017, the charter will be created using the shared memories, stories andContinue reading “The Charter for Trees, Woods and People”