Home again

My week away in Devon was just what I needed. For a November holiday in the south-west the weather couldn't have been better and I wallowed in the simplicity of days walking, spending time with family, pottering about, making dams on the beach as though reliving my childhood. Simply glorious. Perhaps the thing I appreciated … Continue reading Home again


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

Conservation 21: the ‘new’ conservation strategy for the 21st century

Last month, Natural England published their new strategy (available here). In essence, many of the things included within it have been said before, either by them or by the environmental NGOs. However, it comes as a breath of fresh air to see everything in a single NE document, and one that gives us a clue … Continue reading Conservation 21: the ‘new’ conservation strategy for the 21st century

Concreting over our National Parks

I admit that the title to this post is somewhat over the top but it is the vision that springs to the minds of many people I have spoken to about UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson's plans to increase development in England's ten National Parks including the Lake District, the Peak District and Dartmoor. Now … Continue reading Concreting over our National Parks

The Prince’s Countryside Fund

http://www.countrysideonline.co.uk/news-views/news/more-rural-projects-gain-funds-support/ Just read this article. Great to hear some positive news and thought I should give some (if limited) profile to this inspiring organisation. It has led me to look further into some of the projects that the fund has been giving grants to. Farm Cornwall (http://www.farmcornwall.co.uk/) and Kickstart Norfolk (http://www.kickstart.btck.co.uk/) as well as the … Continue reading The Prince’s Countryside Fund