In 1994 the partners at Healey Farms in Northumberland entered their first stewardship agreement – an arrangement rewarding farmers and land managers for managing their land to protect and enhance the environment and wildlife.
The strictures prompted by Covid hit public finances hard, but recovery presents opportunities for environmental reform, says Mike Reid.
As land managers look toward a future acting as stewards of our natural capital, restoring habitats, sequestering carbon and enriching biodiversity, a key question arises – where to start? Image: © Space Intelligence Ltd, Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0., © OpenStreetMap contributors
I’ve always been fascinated by how organisms relate to one another and to their physical surroundings – this impacts daily on many aspects of the land, and on the woodland management work in which we are involved.
Will working from home be the new norm? It seems it just may be.
The country house, whether a Georgian gem, Victorian Gothic wonder, delightful Edwardian house or a more modern and minimalistic property, the appeal of this very British property entity, sitting within its own private grounds and looking out over undisturbed and peaceful surroundings, has never been stronger.
The expansive and wild lands of Scotland have for generations had great romantic appeal; the rugged mountain ranges, extensive coastlines, rolling countryside of the lowlands, picturesque rivers, complimented by a wealth of historical houses and buildings.
In my favourite play, Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, the modern lady of a country house bemoans how in 1809 the gardener Noakes, following the ‘close to nature’ fashion of Capability Brown, had swept away the intricate, formal Georgian box hedges and rose walks in favour of parkland dotted with sheep and spreading trees. ‘Culpability Noakes’ she calls him. Since I first saw Arcadia, I’ve been fascinated by how tastes and fashions – which can mutate and spread through society as quickly as a pandemic – drive us to shape and reshape the natural world.
In our day-to-day work supporting farmers across the country, we recognise that the transition to a more sustainable business model and operation can be challenging for farmers without proper guidance.
The cancellation of agricultural shows has been keenly felt by the agricultural community. After the rush of spring work, a trip to a show – whether it’s the Royal Highland Show or one closer to home – is something to look forward to and was very much missed last year.
The England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) is a new scheme administered by the Forestry Commission (FC) which opened for applications on 9 June. The aim of the scheme, which is funded through the Nature for Climate Fund, is to help achieve Net Zero targets by 2050.
Peatland restoration is being encouraged by policymakers in the UK as an effective nature-based response to climate change and biodiversity loss.
To celebrate the partnership between Galbraith and Edinburgh Rugby, Alistair Christie caught up with club stalwart and international W P Nel, who recently extended his stay in the capital, with the tighthead prop putting pen-to-paper on a brand new deal.
Last year and the first quarter of 2021 have, without doubt, been challenging and have driven a significant amount of change - even within the agricultural and rural sector. COVID-19 has certainly prompted kitchen table discussions regarding succession and future planning for businesses.
Balancing the risks and benefits of ageing trees in urban settings.
Co-locating generation technologies with storage will grow with the rise of renewables and the need for grid stabilisation. Hugo Remnant and Philippa Orr report.
Natural capital affects not just our relationship with nature but also our economy – that brings risk and reward, says Eleanor Harris.
With both the UK and Scottish Governments’ long term goals to increase woodland and forest cover to help reach climate change targets, it comes as no surprise there are strong financial incentives out there to get trees planted. However, new woodland creation is often seen as something that has to happen on a large scale to be viable, but this is not the case.
A Lawmakers are at last addressing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in the battle against climate change. But as Calum Innes reports, effective change presents challenges.
Natural capital is simply planet Earth: its rocks, soil, water, atmosphere, plants and animals. But it is Earth viewed from a specific perspective: its ability to generate the ‘revenue’ —oxygen, water, food, building and clothing materials, disease control — which supports human life.