Category Archives: Culture

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

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

Sound of Gigha

Visual artists (Julia Love Griffiths and Ann Thomas) and myself as a writer have come together to create a coastal meditation on a tiny area of West Scotland’s seaboard. We have used a variety of media including paintings and line

Sound of Gigha

Visual artists (Julia Love Griffiths and Ann Thomas) and myself as a writer have come together to create a coastal meditation on a tiny area of West Scotland’s seaboard. We have used a variety of media including paintings and line

Laying a hedge

I’ve just finished laying a hedge in the garden of Daisy Cottage, Tarbert. I think it may have been around 30 years old. Over the years it had received some pruning but in a haphazard way, largely to keep it

Laying a hedge

I’ve just finished laying a hedge in the garden of Daisy Cottage, Tarbert. I think it may have been around 30 years old. Over the years it had received some pruning but in a haphazard way, largely to keep it

Gardening, reasoning and feeling compassion

I recently read something by the great science fiction writer Ursula K Le Guin, writing in the Guardian review. She said: “The idea, so powerful in 2oth Century literature, that the slow processes of creation are less interesting, less real,

Gardening, reasoning and feeling compassion

I recently read something by the great science fiction writer Ursula K Le Guin, writing in the Guardian review. She said: “The idea, so powerful in 2oth Century literature, that the slow processes of creation are less interesting, less real,

Community gardening: urban bioregioning

Before moving to Argyll I lived and worked in Newcastle. Recently I was at the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Scotswood Community Garden which I started up back in 1995 and helped develop during its formative first five years. Community

Community gardening: urban bioregioning

Before moving to Argyll I lived and worked in Newcastle. Recently I was at the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Scotswood Community Garden which I started up back in 1995 and helped develop during its formative first five years. Community

Bioregioning at International Permaculture Convergence, London.

I’ve just settled back in West Scotland after an intense couple of weeks in the London area at both the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence. At the Convergence I gave a presentation on Co-Creating Bioregions. You can see it yourself

Bioregioning at International Permaculture Convergence, London.

I’ve just settled back in West Scotland after an intense couple of weeks in the London area at both the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence. At the Convergence I gave a presentation on Co-Creating Bioregions. You can see it yourself