Storm and stress

The more I wander through Ferry Wood, the more I realise that its many oaks are supremely adapted to the challenging environment. The wood is on a ridge only a mile from the Atlantic ocean, and around this ridge the

Storm and stress

The more I wander through Ferry Wood, the more I realise that its many oaks are supremely adapted to the challenging environment. The wood is on a ridge only a mile from the Atlantic ocean, and around this ridge the

“local” social enterprise

Social Enterprises are a great way of helping remote rural communities get stronger and more resilient, stemming the tide of depopulation. Through the UnLtd social entrepreneur scheme I obtained a Do It Award, which is enabling me to set up

“local” social enterprise

Social Enterprises are a great way of helping remote rural communities get stronger and more resilient, stemming the tide of depopulation. Through the UnLtd social entrepreneur scheme I obtained a Do It Award, which is enabling me to set up

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