Islands of Green

In the story of environmental degradation, islands have a very special place. Through the eighteenth and nineteenth century, remote islands were significant in early theories of the relationship between the local climate, forests and soil degradation. Islands were important bases in the spread of colonial patterns of environmental exploitation, offering safe harbours, supplies of water … Continue reading Islands of Green


Brexit and south-west Regional voting

As the results of the EU Referendum became clear in the early hours of 24th June 2016, a fault line in British society was laid bare and the actions taken by the governing Conservative Party moved to cement those in the following months.  Quickly the political parties and the commentariat of the media looked for … Continue reading Brexit and south-west Regional voting

The Future of Cities is Urban Agriculture.

For many years, the future of cities has been a sort of noir, an ever-increasing array of buildings, concrete and glass that serves to emphasise that the urban is not the countryside.   If we turn to the ur-text of so much of contemporary urbanism, 'Bladerunner' the ‘Director's Cut’ ends with the protagonist escaping the neon-confusion … Continue reading The Future of Cities is Urban Agriculture.

Post-rural England and ubiquitous ICT

I increasingly view rural England, densely - but not uniformly - connected by 4G phones, high-speed broadband and a multitude of devices as having moved beyond the rural of 10 years ago, not the same as urban life but certainly past the rural as we often understand and see it represented - a post-rural situation.

Tap for change: ubiquitous ICT, food and rurality

For the past few years I've become increasingly interested in the linkages between ICT, food and rurality. In 2017 I'm part of a team putting together a conference in July about those connections - see the focus below - so if you are interested in taking part get in touch. Matt ( Link to the … Continue reading Tap for change: ubiquitous ICT, food and rurality

Organic 3.0 (pt5) Don’t be cool…

So what went wrong with what we are now calling organic 2.0 ? It is not one factor but how a number combined allow and interacted, which slowly stopped the growth of organic 2.0.  The order I'm putting them here is not indicative of their imporance. 1 - it grew too slowly.  Often organic boosters … Continue reading Organic 3.0 (pt5) Don’t be cool…