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Which way bioregioning?

Recently I read a review by Mike Small about the exchange of letters between the pioneer urban and environmental planner Patrick Geddes, a Scot, and Lewis Mumford, his USA disciple, who went on to set up the Regional Planning Association.

Which way bioregioning?

Recently I read a review by Mike Small about the exchange of letters between the pioneer urban and environmental planner Patrick Geddes, a Scot, and Lewis Mumford, his USA disciple, who went on to set up the Regional Planning Association.

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

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

More rewilding, less sitka

The Scottish Government has now recognised that there is a Climate Emergency. One of the ways it says it will respond is by the mass planting of trees. This intention is simplistic and speaks to an unhelpful attitude towards the

More rewilding, less sitka

The Scottish Government has now recognised that there is a Climate Emergency. One of the ways it says it will respond is by the mass planting of trees. This intention is simplistic and speaks to an unhelpful attitude towards the

RL4 – Bracken

Bracken is abundant in the Highlands. It is seen as a scourge, since sheep, cattle and horses won’t eat it. Let’s look at the ecological niche it naturally occupies. Surprisingly perhaps, it is a woodland plant, yet can only grow

RL4 – Bracken

Bracken is abundant in the Highlands. It is seen as a scourge, since sheep, cattle and horses won’t eat it. Let’s look at the ecological niche it naturally occupies. Surprisingly perhaps, it is a woodland plant, yet can only grow

RL3 – Atlantic Woodland

The West Coast of Scotland, being wet and relatively warm all year thanks to the influence of the Atlantic, is home to Celtic Rainforest (so-named because it is also found on the west coast of Ireland and other ocean-facing coasts

RL3 – Atlantic Woodland

The West Coast of Scotland, being wet and relatively warm all year thanks to the influence of the Atlantic, is home to Celtic Rainforest (so-named because it is also found on the west coast of Ireland and other ocean-facing coasts

Hinterland

Hinterland is originally a German word meaning “beyond land” and was first used to describe the land on the edge of a port. It has subsequently evolved and is often now used metaphorically, referring to that which is outside the

Hinterland

Hinterland is originally a German word meaning “beyond land” and was first used to describe the land on the edge of a port. It has subsequently evolved and is often now used metaphorically, referring to that which is outside the

Firth of Lorn

I was talking to Carina (my partner) about how the various Firths of Scotland form natural regions, and she suggested an area I hadn’t thought big enough: The Firth of Lorn. Today we were on Gigha and my old friend

Firth of Lorn

I was talking to Carina (my partner) about how the various Firths of Scotland form natural regions, and she suggested an area I hadn’t thought big enough: The Firth of Lorn. Today we were on Gigha and my old friend