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

Jules Pretty on Sustainable Agriculture

In recent years, there has been a calling for a more sustainable form of agriculture which will successfully feed a growing population whilst reducing the negative impacts on the environment. One such advocate is Jules Pretty, a multidisciplinary academic and author. This paper will look at Pretty’s contribution to the understanding of sustainable agriculture, drawing … Continue reading Jules Pretty on Sustainable Agriculture