Category Archives: Economy

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

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

Exploitation: an Elephant in the Room

A lot has been said about the Climate Change being “the elephant in the room.” It’s the topic that lies behind everything spoken, but is invisible; not talked about despite being so important. Well, hopefully the Paris Agreement has changed

Exploitation: an Elephant in the Room

A lot has been said about the Climate Change being “the elephant in the room.” It’s the topic that lies behind everything spoken, but is invisible; not talked about despite being so important. Well, hopefully the Paris Agreement has changed

Joining the solar revolution

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are going up on our house in mid-Kintyre. We are right by the coast despite being at a high latitude: this helps our solar gain as coastal areas get more sunshine hours than inland areas. We

Joining the solar revolution

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are going up on our house in mid-Kintyre. We are right by the coast despite being at a high latitude: this helps our solar gain as coastal areas get more sunshine hours than inland areas. We

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

Community woodlands for West Argyll and the islands

For the past few months I have been facilitating meetings in Tarbert and Campbeltown (situated at either end of the Kintyre peninsular) to explore the setting up of community woodlands. In Scotland, under the National Forest Land scheme, the Forestry

Community woodlands for West Argyll and the islands

For the past few months I have been facilitating meetings in Tarbert and Campbeltown (situated at either end of the Kintyre peninsular) to explore the setting up of community woodlands. In Scotland, under the National Forest Land scheme, the Forestry