Entry #20 - Simeon Day: What can orchards do for us?

Since the summer day, in the 1970s, when my mum bought me half a pint of Woodpecker cider to keep her noisy child quiet in a pub garden and then hours spent scrumping in the orchards of Kent as a teenager, I have loved apples and the orchards where they grow. Read the full article from Simeon by clicking here... Read more

Entry #19 - Bea Oliver: Orchards as Common Ground

I read an article recently about the Affric Highlands scheme, a collaboration between large landowners and a rewilding charity to rewild half a million acres in north-western Scotland. I was not surprised to read that the success of the collaboration has been put down to those with the rewilding agenda approaching landowners as though they were dating; with a genuine curiosity and willingness to listen. Read the full article from Bea by clicking here... Read more

Entry #18 - Angelique McBride: My Travels Through Devon

Instead of moping about a lost holiday I took the opportunity to make the most of my time away from work and turn it into an adventure! One evening I turned to my partner and said should we do the Two Moors Way this summer, he looked at me and shrugged in a manner to suggest "why not?"! Planned, prepped and apprehensive we hopped on a train to Plymouth to start our walk at Wembury Beach. Read the full article from Angelique by clicking here... Read more

Entry #17 - Iain Turner: Sustainable Forestry In Practice

When I first involved myself in Forestry back into 2003, one of my primary interests was sustainable forms of forestry. Much discussion and research has taken place on this broad subject over the years, and it is always good to see examples of this being successfully put into practice. Read the full article from Iain by clicking here... Read more

Entry #16 - Joanne Leigh: Connectivity in the Landscape

Looking out over the countryside at this time of year you can see the pale creamy fields of harvested crops framed within the deep green lines of hedgerows, ditches and margins. The ever-decreasing patches of green pastures nestled in now and then and some early shades of orange through to brown of those fields already ploughed. Read the full article from Joanne by clicking here... Read more

Entry #15 - Sammy Read: What Does it Really Mean to be a Regenerative Farmer?

This is a question I have pondered for a while as there is no one size fits all. Read the full post from Sammy by clicking here... Read more

Entry #14 - Milly Bowden: Stuck in the middle

A born and bred country person. I’ve been doing the job I love for 15 years; working with farmers in various guises. I, like many folk these days, moved from my homeland to somewhere different. Read the full post from Milly by clicking here... Read more

Entry #13 - Rory Campbell: My Week of Work Experience with FWAG SouthWest

FWAG was honestly one of the best places I could have picked to do my work experience at. Read the full post from Rory by clicking here... Read more

Entry #12 - Rory Quinn: My Work Placement with FWAG SouthWest

Joining FWAG SW for a two-month work placement, I was keen to understand how farmers are supported in balancing the competing demands of wildlife conservation, adaptation to future climate change, a shifting policy landscape and the need to run successful businesses. Read the full post from Rory by clicking here... Read more

Entry #11 - Lawrie Sampson: How are farmland birds on the Lizard faring?

Being involved in conservation and advisory work has taken me all over the country. This has been particularly useful as a bird conservationist, because it has allowed me to gain a feel for why species might be found in one place and not other, and therefore understand what their ecological requirements are. Read the full post from Lawrie by clicking here... Read more

Entry #10 - Charlotte Marshall: Wonderings and Wanderings About Wood Pasture

Wood pasture is something that is quite new to me. I had heard of the term before, but the image that it conjures up is usually the grounds of stately homes that I have walked through on days out, not an environment that I come across on farms. Read the full post from Charlotte by clicking here... Read more

Entry #9 - Bel Whitwam: So long and thanks for all the fish…

The only part of my career that I have ever actually planned was that, after working at Natural England (and its predecessors) for 25+ years, I was going to do something totally different for the last few years of my working life. So much for my career plan…! Read the full post from Bel by clicking here... Read more