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
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
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
Beep, Beep, Beep, Beep. This was the sound that greeted us. Maldon's recycling centre was a hive of activity as we walked past; perhaps an unlikely gateway to one of Essex's hidden gems, but this is the juxtaposed reality of this oh so maligned of counties. Essex is a gloriously diverse county, and I am … Continue reading Northey Island
Before I get too far in to writing this article I have a confession to make. I am not a golfer. I have never played golf. The closest I have come to doing so was at the age of six when I discovered a set of ancient clubs in the cellar of my childhood house … Continue reading Are golf courses an opportunity for conservation?
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
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
It was with great joy that I heard yesterday that a 5p charge on plastic bags is to come into force in England from 2015. It is a ruling long overdue I feel. Ironically I have just come out of Wales which is a part of the United Kingdom that has had the plastic bag … Continue reading England says no to plastic bags
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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=KZ6IBoQ35uA Some shameless plugging for the British tourist industry (especially Cumbrian and Welsh tourist trade).