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.
Research assistant Nick, has been a runner almost as long as he has been with CCRI. The last few months they have become intertwined, and Nick explains how this has happened, and how he feels it helps with the work of the CCRI.
The annual CCRI Winter School will be taking place on the 10th and 11th January 2017, at Oxstalls Campus of the University of Gloucestershire. Find out more about the event and how to apply if you would like to attend.
Over recent weeks, CCRI Director, Professor Janet Dwyer has been involved in a range of events related to ‘Brexit’ and the possible impacts upon UK agriculture. Read about all of these, and listen to an interview on BBC’s Farming Today.
Research Assistant, Nick Lewis has been out and about conducting interviews as part of a review of the new Countryside Stewardship scheme. Read about where he has been and a particularly challenging interview location!
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.
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.
Every year, the CCRI is fortunate enough to offer a placement to an undergraduate student. This year is no exception and this week Eleanor Hawketts joined the CCRI team and has been settling in.
A few weeks ago, John Powell from CCRI was in London, and had the opportunity to quickly visit the ‘Designing the Urban Commons’ exhibition at the LSA Atrium Gallery.
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.