Monthly Archives: March 2011

Black Down Woods – an exciting project

On Saturday 26 March I attended the ceremony to mark the handover of Black Down Woods, on the windy heights of south Dorset, from the Forestry Commission to Dorset County Council.  This was a significant event for a number of reasons. This is a … Continue reading

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Defra’s hypocrisy

On Friday, as a Defra ‘stakeholder’ I received a bulletin on the budget.  Here the environment secretary, Caroline Spelman, says that the budget will ‘provide support for our rural communities’.  Yet on 1 April, the government abolishes the Commission for … Continue reading

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Rallying for our forests and woods

The rally today (Sunday 20 March) in Friston Forest was a huge success.  Over 80 people came, from Keep Our Forests Public, Red Rope, Action for Access, the Ramblers and many other organisations.  We pledged to continue the campaign to … Continue reading

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We’re still not out of the woods

On Sunday 20 March I am speaking at a rally, organised by Keep Our Forests Public, at Friston Forest near Eastbourne in the South Downs National Park.  This is what I intend to say. ‘While today we can celebrate the government’s … Continue reading

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Singing in the night

It was nearly midnight when I walked across Didcot station car-park last night, and it was strange to hear about six robins singing, presumably kept awake by the lights of the steam-railway centre and the Asda warehouse.  I do hope they get some … Continue reading

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Two woodland scenes – 150 years apart

The picture below left  is a copy of a postcard of Forest Scene, by Constant Alexandre Famin, c 1865, from the National Gallery of Art, Washington.  Apparently it’s an ‘albumen print from collodion negative mounted on blue paper’. However, it’s remarkably similar … Continue reading

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Message from India

At last I’ve got around to writing a report on my trip to India, about the fascinating things I saw and heard, and the people I met.  I’ve attached it here. By coincidence, no sooner had I finished writing it … Continue reading

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