'Talking about the local landscape and wildlife as part of the Society of Authors contribution to the Hitchin Festival was a wonderful experience. The audience was enthusiastic and responsive, and the session ended with interesting conversations and questions about community-led conservation and how to help wildlife in our gardens.' Nature Writing Workshop Nic's next event … Continue reading Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust Workshop
Many of us owe our love of plants, gardens and wildlife to early experiences in childhood. Even on a small scale, places that enable young people to connect with the natural environment can begin a relationship that lasts a lifetime. At a time when we need the younger generation to understand, cherish and protect the … Continue reading Year of Green Action Garden at RHS Hampton Court
During the People's Walk for Wildlife and the rewilding conference in Cambridge last year, I learnt in disbelief about the dramatic declines in insect, bird, mammal and wild plant populations since the 1970s - the decade in which I was born. This year I have resolved to put nature at the heart of our garden … Continue reading What Nestbox Where?
Last month I wrote Why Nature Matters: In Our Gardens and Our Countryside exploring the inextricable links between gardens and the wider landscape - with all the benefits and responsibilities this entails. As we become increasingly aware of the direct effect of our collective actions on the environment, complex issues such as the use of plastic, … Continue reading Peat Bog Restoration: Protecting Ecosystems and Limiting Climate Change
in Just- spring when the world is mud- luscious... … Continue reading Why Nature Matters: In Our Gardens and Our Countryside
I went on an early cycle round the Greenway yesterday, with the field margins and hedgerows full of movement and vigour, wildflowers, birds and fruit, whilst the field itself seemed stilled and characterless, until a skylark gave it life. This is the prose-poem I wrote when I returned... Silver lifting, undersides of leaves blown back … Continue reading Still Life