First day of #ORFC18

Around 800 people descended on Oxford Town Hall yesterday morning to attend the 9th Oxford Real Farming Conference. This is my third time attending the event, but it feels just as exciting and in many ways just as groundbreaking as my first a few years ago. This year the ORFC is focusing on four distinct … Continue reading First day of #ORFC18

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#farmenviro30

At the Birdfair in 2016 a plan for an event was formed and tomorrow it will finally become reality. For the first time members of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs and A Focus on Nature, the UK youth conservation network, will come together to learn about conservation on farmland today and discuss the … Continue reading #farmenviro30

My visit to the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2017

This week I traveled across the country to Oxford for the 8th annual Oxford Real Farming Conference which is held in the Town Hall in the heart of the city. I arrived on Wednesday for two days of presentations, discussions and networking. It was, as always, superbly organised and I want to congratulate the organising … Continue reading My visit to the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2017

New ‘Upcoming Events’ Page

I have now added an 'upcoming events' page to thinkingcountry following a request to do so. Hopefully some of you will find this a useful tool for finding events, conferences, seminars and workshops of interest. They are a mix of food/farming, conservation and environment themed events. I will keep the list updated as often as I … Continue reading New ‘Upcoming Events’ Page

Pondering the Prospects for Lowland Rewilding – some reflections on the Rewilding Dorset conference

The rewilding fraternity seems to have gathered its main focus thus far around making a case for upland landscapes as the most likely or suitable hosts for rewilding projects. The more productive and urbanised lowlands feature less in the debate. One could say that there are many logical economic and ecological reasons for this. Nonetheless, … Continue reading Pondering the Prospects for Lowland Rewilding – some reflections on the Rewilding Dorset conference

My perspective on the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016. Why there is a need for two farming conferences at the same time in the same city.

With delayed Basic Payment, pitiful profits, environmental pressures and uncertainty over our future in Europe the stresses faced by farmers are broad and significant. It was therefore brilliant to see such optimism and pragmatism by delegates at the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) where I spent my Wednesday and Thursday this week. There are two … Continue reading My perspective on the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016. Why there is a need for two farming conferences at the same time in the same city.

Another Super Year for A Focus on Nature

This piece was originally posted on the blog for A Focus on Nature (AFON), the UK's largest and most vibrant youth conservation movement. You can find the original here. This year, I have been fortunate to have served on the committee which has led on AFON's 2015 campaign - 'Vision for Nature'. The Vision for … Continue reading Another Super Year for A Focus on Nature