A Good Year for RENEW
Radnorshire Enterprise for Nature, Education and Wellbeing (RENEW
The project has made significant progress on a lot of fronts during the last year and 2011 should, with luck, see us moving even closer to our goal of becoming an education centre for sustainable living offering residential and non residential courses and learning experiences in the walled garden.
Creators and Destroyers of Planet Earth
Pre-publication information on a new book by Age of Stupid's co-writer, Mark Lynas The God Species sounds interesting.
"We humans are the God species, both the creators and destroyers of life on this planet. As we enter a new geological era – the Anthropocene – our collective power now overwhelms and dominates the major forces of nature. In this controversial new book, Royal Society Science Books Prize winner Mark Lynas shows us how we must use our new mastery over nature to save the planet from ourselves. Taking forward the work of a brilliant new group of Earth-system scientists who have mapped out our real ‘planetary boundaries’, Lynas draws up a radical manifesto calling for the increased use of environmentally-friendly technologies like genetic engineering and nuclear power as part of a global effort to use humanity’s best tools to protect and nurture the biosphere. Ripping up years of environmental orthodoxy, he reveals how the prescriptions of the current green movement are likely to hinder as much as help our vitally-needed effort to use science and technology to play God and save the planet."
In shops July 10th and available to pre-order from Amazon.
US based Edible Landscaping has launched an informative new weekly e-magazine on the web: see
Plenty of ideas and information on how to turn even a small patch into a larder that is also easy on the eye.
Much nearer home, in Cardiff, Michele Fitzsimmons' UK Edible Landscaping specialises in brilliant design that feeds body and soul, see:
New article from Michele due shortly in Guest Articles.
Wind Project Needs Support
HCC Planning committee. Wednesday 15th June 10.00 am Brockington, Hereford.
Agenda item 11: Wind turbine at Docklow. This is an important project because the size, 300kW, is in the range of scales suitable for a village or community owned project. Although this one, the first in the county beyond the highly contested Reeves Hill, is a private development, the owner is a local family farmer and the scheme enjoys wide local support. Success with this will have an empowering effect on anyone considering starting a community project. A single opposition household have created alarm and confusion among the neighbours, and produced a critical document attacking the application which has swayed the officers against it, they have recommended refusal on the grounds that any environmental, economic and social benefits do not outweigh the landscape damage. If this view is allowed to prevail it will rule out any large or medium scale wind energy projects anywhere in the county. I have written a detailed criticism of the officers comments - here is the summary -ask me if you would like a full copy.
Forest Garden course at Kruna
Chris Evans reports that there are still places available on his Forest Gardening Course at Karuna in Shropshire - a lovely place with different types of Forest Garden in different stages of development. See www.karuna.org.uk for details. Feel free to pass this information on to your own networks.