Category: Environment

Environment

Exploring the Elements: a series of one-day workshops

Exploring the Elements: a series of one-day workshops

I am really excited to share early information about a series of one-day workshops under the title Exploring the Elements. The first of these, Earth, will take place on  Sunday 3rd October 2021 at Yew Lodge, on the Surrey / Sussex borders. International environmentalist, inspirational speaker and solutionist Nicola Peel will be the anchor speaker at all four of the workshops, which follow the seasons. She is joined for the Earth day by Richard Creightmore, Geomancer, Water Diviner, Earth Acupuncturist and Feng Shui Master. Together they will lead a day of theory and practice, in the classroom and in the beautiful gardens and woodland. Nicola will talk about some of the projects she has been involved with in the Amazon region with indigenous people, and will lead a vision quest so everyone has a chance to “journey”. Richard will talk about earth energies and leys, and their implications for health & wellbeing of places and people. He will also lead a practical session in the grounds, dowsing leys – everyone can practice with him – and giving a demonstration of earth acupuncture. Price for the day is £80 to include light refreshments and a two-course buffet lunch. Limited en-suite accommodation...

Don’t Urbanise the Downs

Don’t Urbanise the Downs

This is personal, I admit. I was brought up in a little village at the foot of the South Downs, so it is an area I know well. The idea that one of the other little villages is under threat from Eton College – yes, THAT Eton College – is going to build 3,000 homes on prime farming land would be laughable if it were not so serious. https://www.donturbanisethedowns.com/?fbclid=IwAR26P1AjxQRhJ48Qz3gZw8hdecqc-bRdxHvRn8C4WV6PXatpRdg_w9CMwGA

What is a Forest Garden?

What is a Forest Garden?

According to the Agroforestry Research Trust, a Forest Garden is ” a designed agronomic system based on trees, shrubs and perennial plants. These are mixed in such a way as to mimic the structure of a natural forest – the most stable and sustainable type of ecosystem in this climate.” It is the way that Nature herself works in many settings, with trees providing cover and protection for an array of bushes and smaller plants that flourish in harmony closer to the earth. They take a lot of careful planning to set up, to get the balance right, but once established they can provide a very good return for the space. They don’t have to be huge, either – you don’t have to own a whole forest to have one – when done well, they can be scaled down to domestic garden size. With growing pressure on land, and with increasing numbers of people wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables, if only to ensure quality and freshness, this could be the way forward. A simple forest garden will have three layers – trees, shrubs and ground plants – but why stop there? There can be up to seven...

The Bees and Neonicotinoids – it’s not good

The Bees and Neonicotinoids – it’s not good

This is taken from the mid-month Indigo Update for January 2021: So, that’s it. We are now officially, finally, out of the EU. The deal is done – and, as always, the devil is in the detail. While much noise was made about imports & exports; about travel restrictions and reciprocal health agreements, much more is only now coming to light, thanks to eagle-eyed watchers. The Guardian newspaper reported on 9th January that the UK Government had broken its promise to maintain the ban on bee-harming pesticides and – quite rightly – those who care about such things are buzzing with anger. Back in 2018 the UK, along with other EU members, banned the use of a particular type of pesticides called neonicontinoids. Its own advisory board had stated, “scientific evidence now suggests the environmental risks posed by neonictinoids – particularly to our bees and pollinators – are greater than previously understood, supporting the case for further restrictions.” It took a lot of work by those who care about the environment to achieve that particular victory, and so it is especially disappointing (to put it mildly) that the UK Government has reneged on the agreement so quickly. So keen was...

SOLAR FLARE AND SOLAR MINIMUM – A POWERFUL COMBINATION!

SOLAR FLARE AND SOLAR MINIMUM – A POWERFUL COMBINATION!

HERE IS THE WEATHER FORECAST – AND IT’S IMPORTANT …. Do you remember The Big Storm of 15th October 1987? Do you remember Michael Fish, the BBC Weatherman saying that earlier that day a woman had called the BBC to say that a hurricane was on its way? Dapper as always, Michael Fish moved to reassure the British public – “don’t worry, there isn’t a storm coming.” I would hate to be known as the Michael Fish of the Indigo tribe – so here is the weather forecast according not to me, but to those who keep an eye on the much bigger picture. Please do take a few minutes to read, because it is here and it is now. WHAT ARE CORONAL MASS EJECTIONS? They are enormous bursts or expulsions of superheated gas (plasma) and magnetic field from the Sun’s corona. This is what is sometimes called “The Sun Sneezing”. According to the Space Weather Prediction Centre at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in US, “they can eject billions of tons of coronal material and carry an embedded magnetic field (frozen n flux) that is stronger than the background solar wind interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) strength….The fastest...