Woodland skills: helping rural enterprise

A group of us in Kintyre are in the process of setting up a social enterprise offering skills to create sustainable livelihoods in remote rural settings like the western seaboard of Scotland. Our first training is on the removal of

Woodland skills: helping rural enterprise

A group of us in Kintyre are in the process of setting up a social enterprise offering skills to create sustainable livelihoods in remote rural settings like the western seaboard of Scotland. Our first training is on the removal of

Ferry Wood

I have been merrily posting about Ferry Wood but it may not be clear to readers where it is! It is off the B8024 on the Ardpatrick Estate in South Knapdale, Argyll, on Scotland’s west coast, at the mouth of

Ferry Wood

I have been merrily posting about Ferry Wood but it may not be clear to readers where it is! It is off the B8024 on the Ardpatrick Estate in South Knapdale, Argyll, on Scotland’s west coast, at the mouth of

To graze or not to graze

Scotland’s bioregions all face the same dilemma: to graze or not to graze. Having taken stewardship of Ferry Wood, Carina and I are acutely aware of this issue that affects the whole of the landscape; woodlands in particular. Most of

To graze or not to graze

Scotland’s bioregions all face the same dilemma: to graze or not to graze. Having taken stewardship of Ferry Wood, Carina and I are acutely aware of this issue that affects the whole of the landscape; woodlands in particular. Most of

Ardpatrick: snapshot of rural depopulation

Ferry Wood is located on the Ardpatrick Estate, part of Ardpatrick township. In former days it was connected by sea: the name “Ferry Wood” is given to it by dint of it being at one end of a ferry route

Ardpatrick: snapshot of rural depopulation

Ferry Wood is located on the Ardpatrick Estate, part of Ardpatrick township. In former days it was connected by sea: the name “Ferry Wood” is given to it by dint of it being at one end of a ferry route

Rhododendron clearance and biochar production

Carina and I are developing a concept for a social enterprise: combining clearance of Rhododendron ponticum (using the lever and mulch method) with biochar production. To this end we are buying a kin-tiki kiln from a smith in Northumberland. The

Rhododendron clearance and biochar production

Carina and I are developing a concept for a social enterprise: combining clearance of Rhododendron ponticum (using the lever and mulch method) with biochar production. To this end we are buying a kin-tiki kiln from a smith in Northumberland. The

Ferry Wood – Celtic rainforest fragment

Thanks to Ben Mitchell (seen here in a sea of garlic) for taking amazing images of the flora, fungi and slime moulds to be found in Ferry Wood. Also thanks to Stan, Ndurie and Carl for compiling plant lists for

Ferry Wood – Celtic rainforest fragment

Thanks to Ben Mitchell (seen here in a sea of garlic) for taking amazing images of the flora, fungi and slime moulds to be found in Ferry Wood. Also thanks to Stan, Ndurie and Carl for compiling plant lists for

The circular economy

Standing as the Scottish Green Party candidate for a ward in Argyll and Bute, I have heard -and seen – a lot about our litter problem. Especially marine litter washing up constantly on our coast. I think it’s time that

The circular economy

Standing as the Scottish Green Party candidate for a ward in Argyll and Bute, I have heard -and seen – a lot about our litter problem. Especially marine litter washing up constantly on our coast. I think it’s time that