Author Archives: edwardtyler

About edwardtyler

I live in Kintyre, the long peninsula acting as a natural breakwater for the Firth of Clyde, west of Glasgow. A Permaculture and Transition practitioner, I am working with fellow community activists to co-create a resilient and vibrant local bioregion.

Wheel of Life – Part 3

How to Avoid Breakdown The Wheel of Life seems to turn inexorably, leading to collapse and breakdown, which allows new systems to emerge. But there is a way for a large, complex system to avoid breakdown, and this is where

Wheel of Life – Part 3

How to Avoid Breakdown The Wheel of Life seems to turn inexorably, leading to collapse and breakdown, which allows new systems to emerge. But there is a way for a large, complex system to avoid breakdown, and this is where

Wheel of Life – Part 2

Fleming then produces a hexagonal diagram that creates an additional two phases: the Release phase is followed by “Break-up”, while exploitation is followed by “Reconnection and Growth”, which then leads into the conservation phase. He defines the period of greatest

Wheel of Life – Part 2

Fleming then produces a hexagonal diagram that creates an additional two phases: the Release phase is followed by “Break-up”, while exploitation is followed by “Reconnection and Growth”, which then leads into the conservation phase. He defines the period of greatest

The Wheel of Life – 1

All systems go through various phases or stages. I first came across the cycle of exploitation-conservation-release-reorganisation- in the field of ecology where it is known as the cycle of succession), but then came across it again in the work of

The Wheel of Life – 1

All systems go through various phases or stages. I first came across the cycle of exploitation-conservation-release-reorganisation- in the field of ecology where it is known as the cycle of succession), but then came across it again in the work of

Before and After

It is great to track changes in the wood, especially in relation to rhododendron clearance. Look at the two pictures below: the upper was taken a week ago (June 2020) and shows an oak in full leaf, plus oaks behind,

Before and After

It is great to track changes in the wood, especially in relation to rhododendron clearance. Look at the two pictures below: the upper was taken a week ago (June 2020) and shows an oak in full leaf, plus oaks behind,

Bioregioning card deck

The Bioregional Learning Centre in the South Devon bioregion (based on the Dart river catchment) have come up with this card deck to inspire emergent bioregions. We at Bioregioning CIC are using all of the cards to develop biochar soil

Bioregioning card deck

The Bioregional Learning Centre in the South Devon bioregion (based on the Dart river catchment) have come up with this card deck to inspire emergent bioregions. We at Bioregioning CIC are using all of the cards to develop biochar soil

Home patch

As a result of the Corvid-19 lockdown I am getting to know my home patch. I’ve been cycling to the glen immediately to the south, known as Clachaig. I remembered a small hazel wood there, tucked a couple of miles

Home patch

As a result of the Corvid-19 lockdown I am getting to know my home patch. I’ve been cycling to the glen immediately to the south, known as Clachaig. I remembered a small hazel wood there, tucked a couple of miles

Glen Orchy: Caledonian Pinewood Reserve

On our way back from Crianlarich Youth Hostel we paused in beautiful Glen Orchy, following in the footsteps of Steven and Carlisle, who – back in the 1950’s – alerted the world to one of Scotland’s unique ecosystems: the Caledonian Pinewoods. A

Glen Orchy: Caledonian Pinewood Reserve

On our way back from Crianlarich Youth Hostel we paused in beautiful Glen Orchy, following in the footsteps of Steven and Carlisle, who – back in the 1950’s – alerted the world to one of Scotland’s unique ecosystems: the Caledonian Pinewoods. A

Lower plants of the wet west

Lobaria pulmonaria, or lungwort, is a common lichen in Ferry Wood. It is one of many “lower” or non-flowering plants that flourish her in the wet, cool climate and indicate that we are in temperate rainforest. However, the Rhododendron ponticum

Lower plants of the wet west

Lobaria pulmonaria, or lungwort, is a common lichen in Ferry Wood. It is one of many “lower” or non-flowering plants that flourish her in the wet, cool climate and indicate that we are in temperate rainforest. However, the Rhododendron ponticum

Tree planting best practice

During the recent UK Election political parties threw themselves into a bidding war over who would plant the most trees in order to avoid Climate Catastrophe. In the race to grab headlines and outdo each other, the complexity of our

Tree planting best practice

During the recent UK Election political parties threw themselves into a bidding war over who would plant the most trees in order to avoid Climate Catastrophe. In the race to grab headlines and outdo each other, the complexity of our

Highland birchwood: are they cyclical?

Recently I was walking round Ferry Wood with a Swiss ecologist who works at the University of Ulster. He pointed  out areas to the north of the wood which exclusively consist of birch: birch of an even age. He explained

Highland birchwood: are they cyclical?

Recently I was walking round Ferry Wood with a Swiss ecologist who works at the University of Ulster. He pointed  out areas to the north of the wood which exclusively consist of birch: birch of an even age. He explained