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Archive for June, 2015

Shale Gas Lobby Questions UK Democratic Process

Shale Gas Lobby Questions UK Democratic Process

I’m still pleasantly reeling after today’s momentous decision by Lancashire County Council to say ‘No’ to fracking. I did, however, feel it appropriate to respond to a few comments by the pro-fracking lobby, who seem more than a little miffed that the decision could possibly go against them. In particular Dr Adam Marshall of the […]

Lancashire County Council Says ‘No’ to Fracking

Lancashire County Council Says ‘No’ to Fracking

I’m just writing this with a sense of pride and a degree of satisfaction – Lancashire County Councillors have decided to say no to fracking, and in spite of immense pressure from some very well-funded lobbyists. Instead they have looked at the evidence, including some new facts, and decided that, on balance, the views and […]

MPs and Celebs…where the frack are you?

MPs and Celebs…where the frack are you?

It’s now close to the end of day 3 of the ongoing discussions at Lancashire County Council about Cuadrilla’s application to frack in the Fylde, and support from both residents and regional groups remains strong, given that the discussions are taking on weekdays when most of us are required to work… except perhaps in the […]

Bill Protects Scotland’s Allotments

Bill Protects Scotland’s Allotments

The Community Empowerment Bill has been passed by the Scottish Parliament, and Part 7 of the Bill protects Scotland’s allotments, with all concerns raised by the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society (SAGS) being addressed. These included: *             Statutory protection of allotments − local authorities will now need to consult with ministers before closing a site […]

Elderflower Shortbread

Elderflower Shortbread

This recipe for Elderflower Shortbread infuses a subtle hint of elderflower through the shortbread without it being too perfumey or ‘soap’ like. See Also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/make-elderflower-cordial/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-elderflower-mayonnaise/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/make-elderflower-cordial/   You can, as an alternative, skip the elderflower sugar and grate orange zest in with the ingredients to make shortbread with a hint of orange. Or just […]

Why Lancashire Should Say ‘No’ to Fracking

Why Lancashire Should Say ‘No’ to Fracking

I am writing with regard to the debate on Tuesday about the decision whether to give the go-ahead for fracking in Lancashire. I heard various arguments from both those against and those for, but was moved in particular by the less self-interested arguments from witnesses opposed to it. Their views were not motivated by financial […]

Creating a Hedgehog Friendly Garden

Creating a Hedgehog Friendly Garden

Elizabeth McCorquodale looks at how you can turn your garden into an inviting and safe environment for hedgehogs – now, sadly, in the Top Ten of Britain’s most endangered species. In the 1950s there were an estimated thirty million hedgehogs in Britain. Now there are estimated to be just one million. Habitat loss is thought […]

Grow Your Own Tea

Grow Your Own Tea

Elizabeth McCorquodale selects the perfect line-up of fragrant herbs to populate your garden so that you can grow your own tea. There are many simple pleasures in gardening, not least popping into the garden to pick a few herbs to brew up into a delicious drink, whether it’s a hot and comforting spicy cold-weather brew, […]

Badger Vaccination Trial a Success

Badger Vaccination Trial a Success

A four-year-long badger vaccination programme run by the National Trust at its Killerton estate in Devon has made considerable progress, slashing the cost by almost half. The trial, involving 18 National Trust farmers, has so far vaccinated 539 badgers against TB over an area of 20 square kilometres. Initially estimated to cost about £80,000 per […]

Dirty Energy…Dirty Tricks

Dirty Energy…Dirty Tricks

Fracking may well begin in Lancashire shortly, with planning officials backing an application from Cuadrilla to extract shale gas for the first time since the process was banned in 2011, following earthquakes in the area. The application now only needs the backing of the county’s councillors, and they will usually follow the advice of their […]

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