Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – April/May 2017 (16)

The month of April was a combination of summer and winter all in one and within days apart of each other.  An early heat wave was very welcome after what seemed like an eternal, bleak...

Bee a volunteer: take part in the Great British Bee Count

You have until 30 June to take part in the Friends of the Earth Great British Bee Count, a national initiative that pretty much does what it says on the tin. So far more than...

In numbers: How did the countryside vote in England and Wales?

Using ONS constituency data for England and Wales (other regions to follow) we've looked at how the countryside voted in yesterday's general election. Specifically we're looking at constituencies with a greater than 30% rural...

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 in pictures

A few of the things that caught our eye at the world's most famous celebration of gardening and flowers:
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Can we learn from the Faroe Islands – and their sheep?

We are completely in love with Sheep View 360, the innovative and slightly bonkers method by which Denmark's Faroe Islands got themselves on Google Streetview. Whereas Google normally uses cars with pole-mounted cameras to capture...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – March 2017 (15)

March winds and April showers, bring forth May flowers...... so the proverb goes. March was breezy and a notable wind chill claimed the air for most of the month.  Some mornings a dense fog...

The Welsh get animated

We love this new website showcasing the best of Welsh culture, literature and myths - all in cute animated form. It's a great way to find interesting places to visit, particularly in the rural...

The Wight Kingdom

James Lloyd visits the Isle of Wight, the only county in England to be coextensive with an island and reviews its violent past. The Isle of Wight is a curious little county. When the tide...

Interview: Jerome Starkey, Countryside Correspondent for The Times

1. You've been at the Times for a while, what drew you to move to the Countryside Correspondent post? I spent the last ten years abroad. Five in Afghanistan and five in Africa. I think...

Restoring The Halt

One of the greatest advancements and fastest progressions for agriculture in British history was surely the birth of steam. Britain's countryside has long been rich in agriculture, but in earlier times when people lived by...