Monthly Archives: June 2013

How best to manage Totternhoe Knolls?

Last Thursday I visited Totternhoe Knolls Common in Bedfordshire, at the request of the National Trust countryside manager, Jon Powell.  The common is close to Dunstable Downs which is the highest point in the east of England region (as was). Totternhoe … Continue reading

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Some light in a dark week for the environment

The one bit of cheering news this week, when Defra suffered a gratuitous 9.6 per cent cut in its budget for 2015-6, was the announcement that the Environment Agency (EA) and Natural England (NE) will not be merged.  They have … Continue reading

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Turbulent seas

The sea is calm tonight. The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; on the French coast, the light Gleams, and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay. If … Continue reading

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What’s your wish for our national parks?

The Campaign for National Parks (CNP) wants to hear from all of us about what it should be calling for at the next Westminster election in 2015.  What should CNP include in its manifesto for national parks?  Here are some … Continue reading

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Kikigaki: making history now

Kikigaki is Japanese for ‘listening and writing’.  At the conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons at Kitafuji there was a display of posters with stories of people who lived and worked locally on the slopes … Continue reading

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Random reflections on life in Japan

Japan is a friendly, polite country; it feels safe.  In Fujiyoshida few people spoke English, but they made a great effort to understand and be understood. The menus, which would otherwise have been unintelligible, were much helped by illustrations.  Outside some … Continue reading

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An access pioneer

John Bunting, 9 March 1918—13 June 2013 John Bunting from Sheffield, who has died aged 95, was a vice-president of the Ramblers.  A former steelworker he was an active campaigner for access, attending many rallies from the 1930s.  On the … Continue reading

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