Category Archives: Woods and forests

A cryn shame

I am helping residents of Weston-under-Redcastle, Shropshire, to record paths through Weston Woods where access is threatened. Continue reading

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Reflections on the European commons conference

My article about the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) European conference in Sweden has appeared in the IASC’s Commons Digest, winter 2015.  I reproduce it below. ‘Do not be afraid to go out on a limb.  That’s … Continue reading

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A pretty nice office

‘This is my office’ said the representative of Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA), the Swedish company which manufactures wood and paper products.  She was standing in a clearing in the forest near Vindeln, Sweden, and it looked a pretty nice office … Continue reading

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No show, no go

As a child I visited Burnham Beeches in Bucks regularly with my parents, sister Sue and dog Elmer.  If Dad was in charge the chances are that we got lost among the beech trees around Egypt, Dad’s sense of direction not being great.  Those … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage to White Wood

It looked an unpromising day, with gusting wind and frequent heavy showers, but it was my last chance to visit White Wood on Dartmoor while the wood warblers might be singing. So today (12 May) I grabbed the chance and went to the wood, … 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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Delicate-filmed as new-spun silk

There is a moment in the year (and it’s usually in April nowadays) when the beech leaves are on the point of opening, and they seem to float in the air.  For those of us who live in the Chilterns, … Continue reading

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