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Archive for January, 2018

The UK Government’s Vision for a Greener Future

The UK Government’s Vision for a Greener Future

After a long delay the government has finally launched its 25 Year Environment Plan. It was launched in a major speech by Prime Minister, Theresa May, and pledged to eliminate avoidable waste, introduce new safeguards for wildlife, and connect more children with nature. A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment – […]

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Update

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Update

From the 18th of January 2018, following the discoveries of wild birds in both Dorset and Warwickshire infected with the H5N6 strain of avian influenza, a prevention zone has applied to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England, and from the 25th of January 2018 a similar prevention zone has been in place […]

The Smallholder Scotland Conference 2018

The Smallholder Scotland Conference 2018

The first Smallholding Scotland Conference will take place on the 16th of February at Pitcairngreen Hall in Perth. An essential event for anyone with an interest in smallholding and small-scale farming, the conference is aimed primarily at those with already established small holdings, and those who aspire to enter the world of small-scale horticulture and […]

Ten Food and Farming Risks with a Transatlantic Deal

Ten Food and Farming Risks with a Transatlantic Deal

THE SOIL ASSOCIATION has produced its own assessment of the different risks a trade deal with the US might bring about to coincide with the second reading of the Trade Bill in the House of Commons. The 10 are Chlorine-washed chicken (banned in the EU) Hormone-treated beef (banned in the EU) Ractopamine, which boosts an […]

The Great ‘Meat: a Thing of the Past by 2100?’ Debate

The Great ‘Meat: a Thing of the Past by 2100?’ Debate

“THIS HOUSE BELIEVES Eating Meat Will Be a Thing of the Past by 2100” was a topic debated at this year’s Oxford Farming Conference. The UK is undeniably a successful producer of world-class meat, but veganism – which also does not permit the consumption of milk and eggs – is up by 360% in the […]

Looking After Hens with Special Needs

Looking After Hens with Special Needs

  The most obvious birds with special needs are re-homed birds via the British Hen Welfare Trust or similar, which may never even have seen the outdoors prior to their retirement from the commercial world, but I have tried to deal with the question of combining different birds, dealing with particularly nervous birds and keeping […]

By January 29, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Soreen Type Malt Loaf Recipe

Soreen Type Malt Loaf Recipe

This recipe for squidgy, sticky dark malt loaf produces a loaf like the popular Soreen brand. Once made leave for 2 – 3 days to allow the flavours to develop and for it to moisten and acquire the traditional sticky texture. Bakers beware – it is easy to overcook it as the colours are already […]

By January 28, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Dandelion and Burdock Wine

Dandelion and Burdock Wine

This particular drink has been around for hundreds of years. The dandelion makes its earliest appearances in March and April, particularly on sunny days. Taraxacum officinale is its Latin name, but as children we knew it as ‘wee the bed’, or for the more romantically inclined, ‘love’s oracle’. These golden, daisy-like flowers are traditionally gathered […]

By January 27, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Compost Recipes

Compost Recipes

  Elizabeth McCorquodale mixes up some sustainable compost recipes for all your different gardening needs Plunging a hand into a bucket of well-rotted, home-made compost or leaf-mould is always a very satisfying thing. Plunging it into a bag of proprietary, shop-bought potting mix is usually a bit of a disappointment, and that disappointment often comes […]

By January 27, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
The Secret Life of Moles

The Secret Life of Moles

      People often think about moles in seasonal terms; when spring arrives molehills start to pop up all over the fields and occasionally in gardens, causing a bit of nuisance until the end of summer, but then, come autumn, the moles seem to retreat back underground to hibernate for the winter. So, mole-catching […]

By January 27, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

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