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Lower Winskill farm, Yorkshire Dales


A rather delated report from early July. A time to mow a meadow in the on the Lower Winskill farm in the Yorkshire dales, note the word ‘mow’ I need not say anymore on this subject ūüėȬ†http://www.meadowconnections.co.uk Lower Winskill is … Continue reading

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I arrived back from Romania to find a number of trees had been blown down by some strong winds. The trees had been in full leaf which makes them more vulnerable because of the increased sail effect. Without the wood … Continue reading

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Romanian traditional rural life ebbing away


It’s been quite a while since I last visited the Matis family in Rasca so this May I took the chance to spend seven days with them. Their home is also a guesthouse and is situated in the Apuseni mountains … Continue reading

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Ancient trees, forest law and foresters


Interesting blog from Charter, for trees, woods and people. The job title ‘forester’ isn’t quite what you think, in fact it is a person that had and can have a very varied job for the King no less. In the … Continue reading

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You sow the seeds and wait and see what turns up in June


A long time ago, thirty years actually, I walked down the South Avenue and it was bare. Small lime trees were struggling for life, hedges were succumbing to glyphosphate (well the hawthorn was) and the grassland ¬†was full of creeping … Continue reading

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Making hay with Vikings, Norway


  Making hay with Vikings¬†by Shane O‚ÄôReilly At about the age of twelve I recall my mother explaining to me the reason for algebra and how, suddenly, the penny dropped and its usefulness became clear. I experienced a similar moment … Continue reading

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Wimpole Scythe Festival 2017


So which bit of grassland this year? Well it had to be back at the Folly Field. The countryside team spent a large part of the week leading up the Scythe Festival event mowing all the large and small plots. … Continue reading

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May and the mulberry tree


How lovely it is to work in the old Victorian forge especially with people who are willing students. For my part, in between helping, I forged a small peening hammer. It’s a joy to make your own tools and one … Continue reading

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The 13th West Country scythe festival 2017


As usual there were hundreds of stalls plying many wares, the coppersmith was a new one for me and I was rather taken by the bath! Andy Harris is the coppersmith. This year there seemed to be quite a lot … Continue reading

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Part two, the Estonian Nedrema wooded meadow


Below is some information from wiki about the wooded meadows in Estonia and also information about the Nedrema Wooded meadow. Also named¬†wood-meadows,¬†park meadows or forest meadows these¬†ecosystems are in the temporal forest regions. They are sparse natural stands with a … Continue reading

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