Piccadilly Marches

Oh, the bright lights of London blended with conversations about the environment! It’s where people live, some environmental organisations have their offices, books are launched, and rural government civil servants work. A melting pot of an urbanising nation who have long disengaged with the land, food and nature. Ouch! No, this is not about the … Continue reading Piccadilly Marches

Northern fields

My innate curiosity to understand what people think and do (rather than talk about), resulted in my arrival at the foot of a hillside, home to Cumbria’s Helm wind. This is what I learnt from fourteen face-to-face meetings over four days across northern England and southern Scotland. Edible windbreaks When the wind blows, think of … Continue reading Northern fields

green blind-spot

Written evidence submitted by Rob Yorke FRICS (rural chartered surveyor and Founder of Track II Enviro Dialogue) to EFRA – (ref MH0016) 11th Jan 2021 (links and pictures added to published version) 1.1 I have worked in the rural sector since 1992 when I qualified as a chartered surveyor (Rob Yorke (Associates) Ltd) working with farmers, … Continue reading green blind-spot

Raptor’s return

I could hardly believe what I was seeing. From a public highway, three young hen harriers were riding the breeze over the ridge of bracken bordering onto heather. The story behind them is perhaps even harder to believe. I’ll get to why but first, let’s wind back in time for some context. A Naturalist’s Sketch … Continue reading Raptor’s return

Agri-tech 4 nature

What do an umbrella, forage harvester and wild flower meadow have in common? The answer is delivering more nature through improved soil biology, land for ‘wild nature’ and habitat for pollinators – all via ‘agri-tech’ innovation. So, further to my 90sec vlog, I’ll unpack my thinking below. Feel free to comment below! Climate shade We … Continue reading Agri-tech 4 nature