Mindfulness in the mud

For mental health awareness week, I consider the therapeutic qualities of soil, both in terms of the well-being derived from the practice of gardening, and the biochemical reactions triggered by soil biology. Mental health awareness week was founded by the Mental Health Foundation in 2000 and since then has taken place every year in the second … Continue reading Mindfulness in the mud

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If you go down to the woods today: wild garlic in Britain’s ancient woodlands

To celebrate the beginning of May this year, I took a short bike ride 12km out of Oxford to some woodlands near Elsfield in search of wild garlic, also known as ramsons, buckrams, bear leek or bear's garlic. The plant, native to Europe and Asia, is actually a wild relative of the chive. Their latin name … Continue reading If you go down to the woods today: wild garlic in Britain’s ancient woodlands

Ecovillage Responses to Globalisation

Using the diverse economy to transcend capitalist limits Introduction Globalisation; the popular, albeit contested, term has dominated academic and mainstream discourse for a number of decades. It has received vast amounts of praise and recognition for its achievements; e.g.- the opening up of international trade enabling economic growth in many countries, improvements to health and … Continue reading Ecovillage Responses to Globalisation