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    Using a scythe to cut your lawn, not a lawn-mower: Part 3 – technique

    Michelle Laine of Scythe Cymru | 09-Nov-2021 | 0

    Part 1 was about your lawn; Part 2 about your scythe and blade. Part 3 is about scything techniques for short grass. With a bit of practice, you don’t really need the plastic, resource use, electricity and noise involved with lawn-mowers. Read more

    Using a scythe to cut your lawn, not a lawn-mower: Part 2 – the scythe

    Michelle Laine of Scythe Cymru | 02-Nov-2021 | 3

    Part 1 was about your lawn; Part 2 is about your scythe and blade; and Part 3 about scything techniques for short grass. With a bit of practice, you don’t really need the plastic, resource use, electricity and noise involved with lawn-mowers. Read more

    Using a scythe to cut your lawn, not a lawn-mower: Part 1 – the grass

    Michelle Laine of Scythe Cymru | 27-Oct-2021 | 4

    We’re often asked if it is possible to mow a lawn with a scythe. The answer is yes and there are many people in the UK doing just that! Lawn mowing can be a test of a scythers skill, it takes some thought and practice to do well. Here is a summary of the factors… Continue reading Using a scythe to cut your lawn, not a lawn-mower: Part 1 – the grass Read more

    Building your own sustainable future

    Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge | 14-Jul-2021 | 2

    Hi. I’m Andy Reynolds – author, instructor, forester, promoter of self-reliance, and for the last few years I have been reflecting on our project’s progression, as it seems to have reached the stage of early maturity. The project – rebuilding a home, and changing the surrounding fields from dead agricultural land into an oasis of… Continue reading Building your own sustainable future Read more

    Sustainable alternatives to garden lawns: Part 1

    Sarah Young of Ethical.net | 30-Sep-2020 | 2

    From herbs to moss and more, we share a first instalment from our friends at Ethical.net about sustainable alternatives to garden lawns. Read more

    Sowing wildflower seed onto grass

    Nick Mann of Habitat Aid | 17-Jun-2020 | 0

    Keen to transform your lawn into a wildflower meadow but not sure how? Nick Mann of Habitat Aid shares his guide to sowing wildflower seed onto grass. Read more

    Wildflower meadows in spring: what to look forward to

    Nick Mann of Habitat Aid | 18-Dec-2019 | 1

    As the winter solstice approaches, Nick Mann of Habitat Aid takes a welcome look forward to the delights of his wildflower meadows in spring. Read more

    In the meadow: rediscovering the extraordinary ordinary

    Nick Mann of Habitat Aid | 11-Jun-2019 | 0

    As summertime nears, Nick Mann of Habitat Aid shares a snapshot of a Somerset meadow, rediscovering the extraordinary ordinary of the nature found within. Read more

    How to start a native wildflower meadow in 6 easy steps

    Jo Cartmell of Nearby Wild | 05-Feb-2019 | 0

    Jo Cartmell of NearbyWild shares her six easy steps to welcome in the wildlife by turning a garden lawn into a native wildflower meadow. Read more

    Life on Birchwood Croft: tales of smallholding in the Scottish Highlands

    Lesley Anderson learns about the ups and downs of life for crofters Beth and Tim Rose in the Scottish Highlands. Read more

    Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 6: magic of the wool carder bee and leafcutter bee

    Jo Cartmell of Nearby Wild | 18-Oct-2018 | 0

    Jo Cartmell of NearbyWild shares Part 6 of her mini meadow series. This time, she has a close encounter with two very special guests to her garden: a wool carder bee and leafcutter bee. Read more

    Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 5: new arrivals in the orchard meadow

    Jo Cartmell of Nearby Wild | 21-Aug-2018 | 1

    In Part 5 of Jo Cartmell’s mini meadow series, she shares news of a surprise in the mini meadow and new arrivals in the orchard meadow. Read more

    Managing an orchard floor as a wildflower / hay meadow

    With careful management the orchard floor can become a thriving wildflower meadow, a habitat which is not only good for the wildlife, but also good for the soul.  Read more

    Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 4: wildflower meadows leave nature in charge

    Jo Cartmell of Nearby Wild | 31-May-2018 | 0

    As we move into June and summer beckons, Jo Cartmell of NearbyWild shares Part 4 of her Mini Meadow journey, with Nature very much in charge. Read more

    Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 3: how does nature come to be regarded as kith and kin?

    Jo Cartmell of Nearby Wild | 20-May-2018 | 0

    In the third part of Jo Cartmell’s mini meadow series, she asks just how it is that Nature comes to be regarded as kith and kin and explores the importance of establishing a true connection with Nature from a young age. Read more

    Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 2: our beautiful and vital insects

    Jo Cartmell of Nearby Wild | 24-Apr-2018 | 0

    In the second instalment of Jo Cartmell’s mini meadow series, she takes us on a magical journey to meet the insects who inhabit it, illustrated with her own beautiful photos along the way. Read more

    Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 1: how I transformed my lawn into a beautiful mini meadow

    Jo Cartmell of Nearby Wild | 18-Feb-2018 | 8

    In a new series of guest blogs, former PA turned wildlife photographer Jo Cartmell of NearbyWild shares her journey transforming her garden into a haven for nature. It all began with the introduction of a mini meadow… over to Jo from here! Read more

    Does the sustainability of meat production depend on the size of a holding and the number of animals kept on it?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 03-Dec-2017 | 83

    I want to investigate at what size meat production becomes unsustainable (in terms of acreage, number of animals etc.) – i.e. whether it can be sustainable at all, and if so, whether there’s an upper limit, above which it can’t be sustainable Read more

    What’s the best thing to do with the uplands, in terms of sustainability?

    Emma Olliff of RegenerEat | 14-Nov-2017 | 19

    This is a question asked in an interesting debate on Facebook along the lines of uplands and their appropriate maintenance with regards to grazing. There are several fascinating projects and opinion pieces that were linked to Read more

    Opportunity to rent (or cropshare) 7 organic acres in Sussex

    There are 7 acres on offer with this rental rent or organic cropshare opportunity in Sussex (postcode TN35 4AP). It’s across the road from the village of Fairlight and a 5 minute drive to Hastings. Read more

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