The Barriers to Diversification on Upland-Hill Livestock Grazing Farms – guest post by Max Hamer

Can farmers really afford to survive without subsidies? I am an Agricultural Degree student at Askham Bryan College in York studying in my final year. Growing up in a farming community in the Yorkshire Dales I have always had a great interest in agriculture. As part of the BSc Hons course, and in addition to … Continue reading The Barriers to Diversification on Upland-Hill Livestock Grazing Farms – guest post by Max Hamer

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The Rural Youth Project

I came across the Rural Youth Project in this week's Farmers Weekly, a small paragraph on p.8, and this led me to their website. In short the RYP is a research project that aims to better understand the current 'aspirations, opportunities and challenges' of young people (18-28), mostly in Scotland but also in England, Wales, … Continue reading The Rural Youth Project

Your Guide to an Eco Friendly Period – Guest post by Jackie Bolen

Here’s something that I wish I had known far, far sooner than I did… There are eco-friendly period options. Until my early 30’s, I didn’t realize that there were feminine hygiene options beyond disposable pads and tampons. I’m not sure why—maybe I was hanging around the wrong people, or maybe these products just weren’t as … Continue reading Your Guide to an Eco Friendly Period – Guest post by Jackie Bolen

Simple and Effective Home Tips to Conserve Water for the World – Guest post by David Webster

According to the BBC, “Average water consumption in the UK is 150 litres a day per person, and in the South East 130 litres a day.” And because of the increasing drought in the UK, customers were urged to cut down their consumption to 100 litres. Let’s face it: climate change is a thing and … Continue reading Simple and Effective Home Tips to Conserve Water for the World – Guest post by David Webster

The Next Generation of farmers and naturalists talking together

Fifteen months ago an idea came into my head. Wouldn't it be brilliant if some of the young farmers and conservationists who are just starting out in their careers could come together at an event to learn from each other, talk with each other and build connections. After all, as individual organisations and networks Young … Continue reading The Next Generation of farmers and naturalists talking together

How Would Agriculture in the UK Change if the Lynx were Introduced? – Guest post by Emily Folk

The impacts on agriculture in the UK from introducing a new predator have yet to be determined. As humans, we have made huge impacts on this world—some of them good, and some of them bad. With the growth of our population and the need to feed those people, we have developed technologies and techniques that … Continue reading How Would Agriculture in the UK Change if the Lynx were Introduced? – Guest post by Emily Folk

Book Review: ‘Land of Plenty’ by Charlie Pye-Smith

It won’t be news to any regular reader of this blog to hear that many farmers struggle to make a living from the land. Farming is famously volatile and those running farming businesses are at the mercy of world markets, changing government policy and of course the weather! The decision to withdraw from the European … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Land of Plenty’ by Charlie Pye-Smith

Fighting Crime in the Countryside: An interview with a Rural PCSO

From fly tipping to farm burglaries, deer poaching to hare coursing and suspicious vehicles to sheep worrying, rural crime is a reality for many parts of the countryside. Fortunately people like Tom Balchin, a PCSO from Dorset Police, are on hand to fight it and support rural communities in preventing it as much as possible. I spoke … Continue reading Fighting Crime in the Countryside: An interview with a Rural PCSO