Extract from Wilding, The Return of Nature to a British Farm...by Isabella Tree. The author makes the point that the areas with most remaining biodiversity are sometimes the last place you'd imagine finding it...
One landowner in Tyrone, Ireland decided to work with nature, with astonishing results.
Disillusioned with conventional large scale farming, the owners of Knepp Castle Estate decided to go wild....
An article about the future of sustainable farming that I've borrowed from Clive Bright of RareRuminare and also the Organic Trust.
A synopsis of recent evidence pointing to the terrible damage being wrought by neonicotinoids.
An excerpt from Akalas recent book, Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire.
How the protectionist policies of the Irish Free State in the 1920's helped to sow the seeds of the furniture manufacturing industry in Monaghan.
Invasive species spreading in Rossmore Park, Monaghan Town, Co Monaghan
by Roselle Angwin
Recently there has been an upsurge of interest in trees. Some of this arises from research done by Suzanne Simard that gives us a picture of what is now known as the Wood Wide Web; and building on this is the amazing book by Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees. There are now a great number of tree books around (of which some of the most inspiring and comprehensive are the three in a series by Fred Hageneder).
Japan has recently dedicated the equivalent of millions of pounds to the study and promotion of Shinrin-Yoku, forest-bathing, as a therapeutic aid to humans.
I myself have been leading a course called ‘Tongues in Trees’ for about five years now. In its most recent incarnation it’s a year–long online course, beginning at the winter solstice 2018, rooted in the Celtic tree ogham alphabet/calendar.
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Planting trees often conjures up romantic notions of bluebell filled wonderlands under the canopy of old graceful oaks and beeches. But this insightful article in the National Geographic explains how poorly planned forestry planting programmes can do more harm than good. With specific reference to the fires in North America...