Foresters’ Forest has launched a survey to find out how much residents and visitors know about the built, natural and cultural heritage of the Forest, as well as understanding more about what makes the Forest special to people. Take part in the survey now and enter free draw to win some fantastic prizes.
The results of a CCRI study of the LEAF Marque certification have today been released. The study shows that LEAF Marque certification can offer significant financial, environmental and social benefits for farm businesses both in the UK and overseas.
The CCRI has today published a new Commons e-book, featuring a compilation of blog posts written in connection with commons, and in particular attendance at various international IASC conferences over the last few years. This follows on from the Commons e-book that the CCRI published in March 2016, entitled ‘Commons – Governance of shared assets’, which is still available as a free download.
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.
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.
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.
Earlier this week, Janet Dwyer, Nick Lewis and Jonnie Felton attended a feedback meeting at Exford in Devon as part of the ‘State of Farming on Exmoor‘ research project commissioned by the Exmoor Hill Farming Network. The evening was an opportunity to present some key conclusions from the project to an audience of Network members and other stakeholders.
Julie Ingram and Jane Mills are co-hosting a session on soil carbon management for sustaining agricultural productivity at the forthcoming 2nd Global Soil Week 2013 “Losing Ground?” The event runs from Monday, 28 October 2013 until Thursday 31 October in Berlin and is organised by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) / Global Soil Forum. More information regarding the conference can be found on the Global Soil Week website. As part of the current ‘SmartSOIL‘ project Julie, Jane and myself (Nick Lewis) recently spent an afternoon filming a farmer who has been actively involved in improving his soil and focussing
An evaluation of permissive access under Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) options was carried out over the period October 2011 – March 2012 by CCRI in conjunction with Ken Taylor of Asken Ltd. The evaluation included telephone and face-to-face interviews with a sample of HLS permissive access agreement holders, and face-to-face interviews with a range of national and local level stakeholders representing user groups and other interested bodies such as local authorities. The aim of the study was to evaluate the contribution of HLS permissive access options, and explore the potential for future voluntary provision of access. The research indicates