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Natural Capital update: Green scheme boosts environment on working farm

21st July 2021

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.

A taxing way to a greener future

16th July 2021

The strictures prompted by Covid hit public finances hard, but recovery presents opportunities for environmental reform, says Mike Reid.

Natural Capital update: Space-data scientists pioneer habitat mapping for better environment

16th July 2021

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

Natural Capital: Single-species obsession thwarts real environmental objectives

12th July 2021

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. 

Moving from England to Scotland

09th July 2021

Will working from home be the new norm? It seems it just may be.

Country Houses: A Great British Tradition

08th July 2021

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.

Scottish Estates...The changing face of the modern estate buyer

05th July 2021

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.

Natural Capital View: Biodiversity and the Battle over Beauty

28th June 2021

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. 

Natural Capital update: Supporting farmers in the transition to net-zero future

21st June 2021

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. 

Support for farmers in a difficult year

17th June 2021

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.

Natural Capital update: England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) – what’s involved?

17th June 2021

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.

Natural Capital update: Grazing scheme boosts Cranley Moss peatland recovery

16th June 2021

Peatland restoration is being encouraged by policymakers in the UK as an effective nature-based response to climate change and biodiversity loss.

Alistair Christie in Conversation with WP Nel

11th June 2021

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.

Now is the Time to Take Control

08th June 2021

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. 

Green Infrastructure

26th May 2021

Balancing the risks and benefits of ageing trees in urban settings.

Bringing it all together with renewable co-location

13th May 2021

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.

Access to nature comes at a cost – so let’s calculate

30th April 2021

Natural capital affects not just our relationship with nature but also our economy – that brings risk and reward, says Eleanor Harris.

New Woodland Creation On a Smaller Scale

30th April 2021

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.

Closing the reality gap on zero emission housing

30th April 2021

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.

Navigating Natural Capital

22nd April 2021

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.