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Scottish Smallholder Festival 2017

Scottish Smallholder Festival 2017

This year’s Scottish Smallholder Festival is on Saturday 23rd September at Lanark Agricultural Centre ‒ ML11 9AX for anyone using a satnav. The event has deservedly become an essential part of the smallholder calendar, and focuses on making the most of your land. Whether you’re a smallholder, crofter, vegetable grower, allotment holder, crafter or a […]

By September 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
UK Officially Free from Avian Influenza

UK Officially Free from Avian Influenza

Nigel Gibbens, the Government Chief Vet, announced on Wednesday that the UK has now met international requirements to declare itself free from Avian Influenza, although he reiterated earlier calls for all poultry keepers to remain vigilant for signs of the disease, as there is a real and constant threat as it continues to circulate in […]

By September 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Offshore Wind now Cheaper than Gas and Nuclear

Offshore Wind now Cheaper than Gas and Nuclear

There are consistent howls from the likes of Jacob Rees-Mogg and Owen Paterson whenever renewable energy is mentioned, together with a patronising comment that it has its part to play in the greater scheme of things, but will never meet the mass needs of the UK. It’s often suggested  that wind turbines are more damaging […]

By September 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
BHWT Needs You

BHWT Needs You

Most weekends, up and down the country, the sound of alarms will be waking up British Hen Welfare Trust volunteers at the crack of dawn. They’ll get up in the pitch black, bleary eyed, before making their way out to their cars and vans and setting off to save lives. These same volunteers will emerge […]

By September 13, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Nature-friendly Food Shopping

Nature-friendly Food Shopping

The RSPB (rspb.org.uk) has put together some tips to help shoppers ensure their shopping is healthy for wildlife too. Follow these simple steps to play your part: Buy fruit and veg in season: they’re cheaper, readily available and won’t have travelled so far. Shorter travelling distances mean less energy used in planes, wagons and ships, […]

Chase Organics Awarded Royal Warrant

Chase Organics Awarded Royal Warrant

Congratulations to Chase Organics, producers of the Organic Gardening Catalogue and best known to gardeners and horticulturists for their extensive range of organic seeds, seaweed plant nutrition products and garden supplies. The company has recently been granted the Royal Warrant to HRH Prince of Wales. Founded by Major L. H. Chase, the inventor of the […]

Double Award Success for British Hen Welfare Trust

Double Award Success for British Hen Welfare Trust

A hen charity which has saved more than 570,000 birds from slaughter is celebrating being shortlisted for two prestigious awards. The British Hen Welfare Trust is one of five charities to be shortlisted in the Small Charity, Big Achiever category in the Third Sector Awards. The winner will be announced on 21st September. Further good […]

Maintaining Food and Animal Welfare Standards Post-Brexit

Maintaining Food and Animal Welfare Standards Post-Brexit

Frightening tales of hormone-treated beef, chorine-washed chicken and GM crops have abounded recently with reports about a trade deal between the UK and the US. All are standard practices across the Atlantic, and the US would certainly expect us to accept their agricultural exports as part of any trade deal – remember “America first!” Our […]

A People’s Food Policy

A People’s Food Policy

  A People’s Food Policy is a ground-breaking manifesto outlining a people’s vision of food and farming in England that is supported by over 80 food and farming organisations. The report draws on 18 months of extensive, nation-wide consultations with grassroots organisations, NGOs, trade unions, community projects, small businesses and individuals. It has resulted in […]

Blarbuie Woodland Trust

Blarbuie Woodland Trust

A couple of weeks back we were invited along to Blarbuie Woodland Open Day by a neighbour (thank you, Lynda!) …Open Day? Perhaps the term Open Day is a misnomer, as it seems to me that this most active of groups every day of the week is really an open day – although I’m sure […]

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