Dec
6
2018
Jessie Watson Brown

How to gather, store and eat sweet chestnuts

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Posted Dec 6 2018 by Jessie Watson Brown of Nettleseed
Sweet chestnuts make a delicious edible treat

It’s that time of year when the delicious smell of roasting chestnuts fills the air. Jessie Watson Brown shares her tips for foraging, cooking and storing sweet chestnuts for year-round use.

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Jun
26
2018
Jessie Watson Brown

The crayfish food revolution: one man’s solution to an invasive species problem

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Posted Jun 26 2018 by Jessie Watson Brown of Nettleseed
'Crayfish Bob' displays an example of an invasive crayfish species

Bob Ring, or ‘Crayfish Bob’ shares his passion – an effective, and tasty, response to the damage the invasive crayfish species are doing to UK waterways and their native inhabitants.

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Mar
29
2018
Jessie Watson Brown

Diary of a tree planter

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Posted Mar 29 2018 by Jessie Watson Brown of Nettleseed
A future woodland in the making

During winter, while the animals hibernate and the trees sleep, magic happens on hillsides across the land – forests are created! A brief account of the ups and downs of life for a tree planter this winter… creating a woodland on a farm in Devon.

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Jan
11
2018
Jessie Watson Brown

How to identify trees in winter

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Posted Jan 11 2018 by Jessie Watson Brown of Nettleseed

It’s one thing to identify deciduous trees in summer, with their distinctive leaves on full show, but what about winter? Without leaves, we have to look at other telltale signs. After a bit of practice, it can be easier than you think. Have a go, using these helpful methods, which will make it easier to identify trees in leaf too.
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Nov
9
2017
Jessie Watson Brown

Why I walk: a conversation with a walking guide

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Posted Nov 9 2017 by Jessie Watson Brown of Nettleseed

Walking is as old as the hills, and yet so many aren’t getting out in their local areas. On a sunny October afternoon, with the backdrop of birdsong, I spoke to walking guide Emma Cunis about her story with walking and what she offers as Dartmoor’s Daughter; where she runs walks and nature connection events on Dartmoor, Devon.

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Oct
17
2017
Jessie Watson Brown

Is leather tanning ethical?

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Posted Oct 17 2017 by Jessie Watson Brown of Nettleseed

Traditional hide tanner, Jessie Watson Brown, offers her thoughts on the ethics of leather tanning, from large-scale industrial tanning, to home-scale natural tanning. Read more …

Sep
26
2017
Jessie Watson Brown

It’s a mast year!

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Posted Sep 26 2017 by Jessie Watson Brown of Nettleseed
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In case you hadn’t noticed… it’s a mast year! Read more …

Aug
25
2017
Jessie Watson Brown

Tips for safe wild mushroom foraging this autumn

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Posted Aug 25 2017 by Jessie Watson Brown of Nettleseed

In this post, I’m sharing some of my recent explorations into the subtle nuances and helpful tips for safe mushroom foraging this autumn. Now, I don’t want to scare you, but I do think it’s very important. Read more …

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