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

Sound of Gigha – the book

Here are the windswept team who put the Sound of Gigha together. The two artists – Julia Griffiths and Ann Thomas – are in front (Julia is holding a copy of the book). My son Peter, who did the layout

Sound of Gigha – the book

Here are the windswept team who put the Sound of Gigha together. The two artists – Julia Griffiths and Ann Thomas – are in front (Julia is holding a copy of the book). My son Peter, who did the layout

Jack snipe in Kintyre

Last night we were coming back from a ceilidh. Up at North Beachmore (near Muasdale on the West coast of Kintyre where we live) in the car headlights we saw a bird bobbing about on the track, flying up a

Jack snipe in Kintyre

Last night we were coming back from a ceilidh. Up at North Beachmore (near Muasdale on the West coast of Kintyre where we live) in the car headlights we saw a bird bobbing about on the track, flying up a

Ferry Wood – December sunset and fallen leaves

Yesterday Carina, Capucine and I were in the wood pulling rhododendron seedlings. It was barely 4pm and the sun was down, but we could still see. Nearly all the oak leaves are now lying on the woodland floor, making an

Ferry Wood – December sunset and fallen leaves

Yesterday Carina, Capucine and I were in the wood pulling rhododendron seedlings. It was barely 4pm and the sun was down, but we could still see. Nearly all the oak leaves are now lying on the woodland floor, making an