Eastern Eden – The Guardian


Life seems simpler from the steps of Othona’s veranda. 

Last May I cycled through the Essex countryside to visit some of the remnants of communities who had searched for a new way of living. Many of these utopian dreams have long vanished but the Othona Community at Bradwell-on-Sea is thankfully still going strong. Read the Guardian article about my experience here.


She Walks

17 heading to spendiff (2)

I am toying with the idea of starting a series of nature walks aimed at encouraging more women to engage with nature and feel confident walking in the countryside.  I am not normally a lover of single sex affairs but I have had quite a few women tell me they would love to explore some of the places I wrote about in my book but don’t feel they can.
I walk alone in the countryside so much for work that I don’t think twice about heading out but I am aware that lots of women don’t feel that way.

The walks would not be very arduous and no expertise would be needed just a desire to enjoy our beautiful wildlife and scenery.

Sorry chaps. If I love doing this I might extend it to you as well.

If you would be interested in finding out more or hearing about dates then please get in touch.

Street Trees protected in Canterbury

protected street trees

street trees on London Road, Canterbury

Well Done Kent County Council who have come up with plans to protect the beautiful plane trees on London Road in Canterbury. Unlike Sheffield City Council who have destroyed 5500 trees throughout the city, much to the anger of local residents, Kent Council are prepared to re-arrange the built environment, narrowing roads and widening footpaths to circumnavigate the trees which provide a green lung for the historic city.

It is such a pleasure to see a piece of planning which takes into account the environment that I have written to the council to commend them and I suggest you do the same. Send an e-mail to traffic.schemes@kent.gov.uk

Lapwings at Catcott


To start the new year I thought you would enjoy this beautiful film of lapwings at Catcott filmed by Bevis Bowden which will be screened later this year at Nature Matters

I am publishing this film for all the lapwing of the North Kent Marshes in the hope that I will be lucky enough to expand my work with the farmers and help to create conditions where these beautiful birds can thrive.