French WWOOFING in the UK

French WWOOFING in the UK

As part of our annual placement student’s time here in the CCRI, they are encouraged to develop their skills in whatever way they wish. This year, Eloise Fresnay has been ‘WWOOFING’ on an Organic farm near Stroud. Eloise has also been keeping a Blog of her activities, and you can read more about them and how she originally began WWOOFING.

A PEGASUS project field trip

A PEGASUS project field trip

Recently Pete Gaskell and Nick Lewis travelled to the North Pennines AONB as part of the Horizon 2020 project ‘PEGASUS’. They were working with contacts within the AONB and aiming to develop an understanding of the area and the various relationships between farming, forestry and the provision of Ecosystem services.

Introducing natural flood management: protecting people and enhancing wildlife

Introducing natural flood management: protecting people and enhancing wildlife

This blog post should have been started a while ago – for the moment I did, the ferocious rain seems to have died down. Nevertheless we now know that December 2015 was the wettest month on record, not that this is any consolation for much of northern England and Scotland. Now is the period for offering proposals to make sure ‘it does not happen again’, not that this is really possible but we should try.

Peat – long duration commons resource, landscape element, fuel, and essential ingredient for malt Whisky

Peat – long duration commons resource, landscape element, fuel, and essential ingredient for malt Whisky

Nick and John have been mulling over – supported by a dram or two – the issues associated with producing heavily smoked whiskies based on peat – a limited commons resource taking thousands of years to create. Nick, has for many years been visiting a variety of Scottish Islands by bicycle and this year was no exception. A trip to Islay, with further hops to Colonsay, Tiree and Coll was blessed with exceptionally good weather, despite this year being unusually wet and cold.