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The raw materials - exotic fruits and cacao display at the Chelsea Flower Show 2011
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 24th February 2014

Every time we log on to Facebook or view other social media we are likely to see distressing photographs of homeless Orangutans driven out of rainforest habitats by the global demand for palm oil plantations followed by equally homeless tribal people.

Col de Joux Plane overlooking Mont Blanc © Gail Harland
By Charles Eisenstein |
Saturday, 22nd February 2014

Sometimes I feel nostalgic for the cultural mythology of my youth, a world in which there was nothing wrong with soda pop, in which the Super Bowl was important, in which America was bringing democracy to the world, in which the doctor could fix you, in which...

Cattle browsing at Krameterhof Farm
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 21st February 2014

In 2008, the celebrated scientist, James Lovelock, said global warming is irreversible and we should now focus on enjoying life because planting trees, recycling and other eco-activities are a...

Practical coppicing course at Prickly Nut Wood
Ben Law |
Thursday, 20th February 2014

Welcome to the first edition of this exciting new enewsletter, where I will be keeping you updated each month with life at Prickly Nut Wood and current events and news in the woodland world. I am Ben Law and I have been living and working in Prickly Nut Wood, West...

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Sarah Howcroft |
Wednesday, 19th February 2014

I have been producing outdoor gear for over 40 years. In the early days, as co-founder of Rohan, I actually made the garments. Over the years I have seen many developments in how outdoor clothing is made and what they are made of. Most outdoor gear will last much...

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Charlotte Haworth |
Thursday, 13th February 2014

There is often talk on the news of world food shortages and an inability for everyone to find enough to eat (1) (2). What is perhaps less well-publicised is the massive amount of food which is perfectly fine to eat, but which goes to waste every day.

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Kate Fox |
Wednesday, 12th February 2014

Nowadays extreme weather is becoming more and more common and it seems that 'freak events' are becoming normal; in fact there was extreme storm after extreme storm all winter affecting a lot of the UK with flooding, tidal surges, power cuts, fallen trees and...

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Patrick Whitefield |
Tuesday, 11th February 2014

The first point to make about burning wood is that the most efficient way to burn it, is at a very high temperature.